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Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500 Named to ‘10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000’ List

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2015 Jeep Renegade | 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000

The 2015 Jeep Renegade was one of two FCA models named to’s “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000” list

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) took home two more wins when Kelley Blue Book’s put not one but two FCA models on its “10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000” list. Among the honored vehicles were the 2015 Jeep Renegade and the 2015 Fiat 500.

Neither model made it to the top of the list; the top three consisted of the Mazda3 (which topped the list last year), the Volkswagen Golf, and the Kia Soul. Notably, however, the 2015 Jeep Renegade is the only sport utility vehicle to make the list. Not only did the Renegade make the top ten, it claimed the fourth spot.

The 2015 Fiat 500 closed out the list in the tenth position. This is the fifth year in a row that the competitively priced Fiat 500 has nabbed a spot.

2015 Fiat 500 | 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000

The 2015 Fiat 500 also claimed a spot

Of the Renegade, editors at KBB said, “We all know that the Jeep brand has a cool factor that distances it from most auto brands out there, and the new Jeep Renegade takes that and runs with it. Not only does it deliver a buffet of desirable Jeep attributes – unmistakable design, superior off-road credentials, intrinsic grittiness – but it delivers this in a package that is also a sensible for everyday commuting. Renegade owners won’t scale a mountain every day … but they could.”

The editors also had kind words for the perennial achiever, the Fiat 500: “The Fiat 500 was a consensus pick for our 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, because we think it offers more personality per dollar spent than any other vehicle on the American market. If a sophisticated European attitude is something that you’d like to express in your personal transportation, the Fiat 500 is all of that. Charmingly retro and aggressively modern at the same time, it is a poster child for cool.”

Take a look at the complete list to see if you car made the cut.