Compact cars

You probably don't think that you can get a slick ride if you're tight on cash. Your options may be limited to cars that are compact and older than you are. While this is true in some situations, if you're a savvy shopper, it is quite different. Many automakers are starting to make more automobiles that are smaller, more durable, packed with plenty of features and available at affordable prices. While smaller cars may be easier to handle for some people, you should still check to see that your auto insurance policy is up to date, even if you consider yourself an exemplary driver. Kelley Blue Book comprised a list of the most interesting cars under $18,000:

2014 Nissan Versa Note
Don't fret about this smaller vehicle, as it provides plenty of features. Packed with a 109 horsepower engine, this Nissan model comes with the Around View Monitor, which can make backing out of your driveway easier.

2014 Chevrolet Sonic
This Chevrolet model will feel like a monster truck thanks in part to the enclosed 138 horsepower engine. And you won't have to worry about spending a fortune on gas, as the Sonic can get up to 26 miles to the gallon.

2014 Ford Fiesta
You'll have a party while driving this Ford model. The sturdy suspension tuning and 28 mpg engine are all great additions if you're looking to purchase the subcompact Fiesta.

2014 Dodge Dart
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the Dodge Dart. Yes, the sleek build can be great to look at, but this little vehicle packs a punch with its 160 horsepower engine. The Dart also comes equipped with a comfy backseat and the Uconnect infotainment system, which allows you to connect your iPod to the car stereo.

2014 Fiat 500
Say ciao to this Fiat model, as it can serve all your car needs. A stylish design, 101 horsepower and a 31 mpg gallon engine make this a stacked model and gas saver.

2014 Kia Soul
With a 9.7 rating on the Kelley Blue Book consumer scale, the Kia Soul is a vehicle with some prestige. It comes with leather trim, a keyless remote lock and start and steering wheel audio control, all of which can make your ride a bit more enjoyable.

2014 Mazda MAZDA3
Sitting on top of the list was the Mazda3. This automobile recently had its fuel efficiency improved so you can now get up to 30 miles to the gallon.

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