Coolest cars under $18,000

According to Kelley Blue Book, these ten cars go easy on your wallet and are a heck of a lot of fun to drive.

1 - Dodge Dart
Base price: $15,995
Fuel economy: 25 City / 36 Hwy

Thanks to the ever-decreasing cost of technology and improved manufacturing techniques -- not to mention cutthroat competition -- it's easier than ever to find a relatively inexpensive car that's still looks good while being fun to drive and good on gas.

The experts at Kelley Blue Book have selected these as their favorites among the lowest-cost new cars.

The new Dodge Dart, based on engineering from Italy's Fiat Group, earned the top spot in Kelley Blue Book's estimation. Besides being fun to drive, KBB says, it also has ample interior space and can be readily personalized to suit your changing moods.

@CNNMoney - Last updated June 20 2012: 11:01 AM ET
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