The 2015 Mazda3 has been voted as the No. 1 vehicle on Kelley BlueBOOK’s KBB.com “10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000” for the second year in a row, as voted by KBB.com’s editors. Mazda3 has been featured on the annual list of cool cars since hitting theMARKET in 2003, remaining on it for the past 12 years.
“Still riding high on the strength of a well-received redesign for 2014, the 2015 Mazda3, which could be called theREIGNING king of the Coolest Cars Under $18,000, claims its spot at the top of our annual list for the second year in a row,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executiveMARKETanalyst for Kelley Blue book’s KBB.com.
The top 10 cars on the list are selected based on two criteria – fun-to-drive and fun-to-own – both important deciding factors of what the editors freely admit is a very subjective “cool factor.” Each vehicle is available for purchase at $18,000 or less, using Kelley Blue Book’s exclusive Fair Purchase Price as the yardstick.
STARTINGat $16,945 MSRP, Mazda3 features SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, “KODO—Soul of Motion” design and features such as i-ELOOP (which enhances fuel economy), MAZDA CONNECT (infotainment) and i-ACTIVSENSE (safety). This award-winning vehicle is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, available in four- and five-door configurations and offered with either a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter engine. Both six-speed manual and automatic transmissions also are available.