Starting with the list from Kelley Blue Book we trim it down and serve up six of the coolest and most affordable vehicles for credit challenged car buyers.
Pairing Down The Top Ten
Here at Auto Credit Express we realize that the term "cool" isn't always high on the list of most buyers that have experienced credit problems when it comes to visiting auto dealers that work with poor credit.
But the fact remains that, at least according to Kelley Blue Book, quite a few affordable small new cars out there fall into this category, so who are we to judge?
So when the judges at Kelley released their latest list of the "10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000", we set about slicing and dicing it to come up with what we believe are the 6 most affordable cars from that list (those with a retail price, before taxes and fees, of $16,000 or less – including cash and rebates for the month of June, 2014) for credit-challenged buyers.
Coolest New Cars for Bad Credit Buyers
So here are those vehicles, in the reverse order in which they originally appeared (with their placement on KBB's list in parenthesis), along with comments from the editors of Kelley Blue Book:
6 (10). 2014 Nissan Versa Note
MPG: 27/36 city/highway
MSRP: $14,800 (less a $500 June rebate)
A first-time entry on this annual list, the new-for-2014 Versa Note - the 5-door sibling to the Versa sedan - is exceptionally roomy and flexible and offers a bunch of cool features including Nissan's handy Around View Monitor.
5 (9). 2014 Chevrolet Sonic sedan
MPG: 26/35 city/highway
MSRP: $14,995 (less a $500 June rebate)
The Chevy Sonic doesn't wear all the lines and creases that so many of its subcompact competitors are sporting nowadays, but it's more fun to drive than most of them. It also feels a bit larger on the highway, which is a plus because sometimes comfort is cool.
4 (8). 2014 Ford Fiesta sedan
MPG: 28/37 city/highway
MSRP: $14,925 (less a $1,000 June rebate)
The Ford Fiesta's European roots are evident by the time you've exited the first corner. Combining good steering feel with top-notch suspension tuning, the subcompact Fiesta doesn't just look like a little party on wheels, it drives like one.
3 (7). 2014 Dodge Dart
MPG: 25/36 city/highway
MSRP: $17,490 (less a $1,500 June rebate)
The Dodge Dart is sporty looking and fun to drive, but most of its cool comes from inside. Quality materials, top-notch tech -- the Uconnect infotainment system is one of our favorites -- and a roomy back seat give the Dart one of the mostappealing interiors in the compact sedan category.
2 (6). 2014 Fiat 500
MPG: 31/40 city/highway
MSRP: $16,995 (less a $1,500 June rebate)
This four-wheeled shot of espresso combines the big personality of a Mini Cooper with pricing that splits the difference between the Mini and a traditional subcompact car. You can't make a bolder entrance for less money.
1 (3). 2014 Kia Soul
MPG: 24/30 city/highway
MSRP: $15,695 (no June rebates listed for the Soul)
The Kia Soul you see here may look mostly familiar, but it's been totally redesigned for 2014. Along with a new look, the second-gen Soul offers a higher level of refinement and even more cool features. Practicality has always been a Soul strong point, and remains a key part of its appeal.
The balance of KBB's choices, with their placement on the list in parenthesis, were the 2014 Mazda Mazda3 (1), 2014 Hyundai Veloster (2), 2014 Honda Civic Coupe (4), and the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta (5).
The Bottom Line
Not all buyers with credit issues will be given the option of financing a new car, but if you are and the approval is through one of the franchises listed above, you probably wouldn't go wrong choosing any one of these "cool" cars.
One more tip: Auto Credit Express helps applicants that have experienced car credit problems find those dealers that can give them their best chances of getting a bad credit auto loan.
So if you're ready to take that first step in reestablishing your auto credit, you can begin now by filling out our online car loan application.