Detroit’s Big Three were well represented in Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) new list of the “10 coolest cars under $18,000 for 2013.”

Ford Focus (2nd), Dodge Dart (5th) and Chevrolet Spark (10th) made the “cool” list.

About the Focus, KBB reviewers said, “The Ford Focus single-handedly demoted the Mazda3 from ‘most fun-to-drive’ to ‘one of the most funto drive’ cars in the category. “And, just like the Mazda, the Focus looks as good as it moves. Factor in a richer, more stylish interior and a serious tech advantage, and you’ve got this year’s Coolest Cars runner-up.”

KBB said consumers would like the Focus because it delivers “an outstanding mix of style and substance” and that the 2013 Ford Focus enriches its fundamentally solid and efficient basic package with the availability of class-leading technologies, including My Ford Touch, active park assist and a PowerShift dual-clutch 6- speed automatic transmission, as well as offering a pure electric alternative.

The Dodge Dart also rated high in the eyes of KBB’s reviewers. They stated that, while the Dart is an American car with Italian roots, it is the product of both the Chrysler Group and Fiat. KBB reviewers wrote, “The multinational compact sedan offers its own unique combination of personalization and performance, including all the tech you need.”

KBB also said of the Dart that it was Dodge’s first compact model since the Neon, and that the 2013 Dart “is an impressive exercise that’s stylish, roomy, well-finished and offers loads of powertrain and personalization possibilities.

“With a host of new techno touches, innovative user-friendly features and multiple trim grades – including a performance-oriented R/T variant – this engaging front-drive sedan can be tailored to meet almost any set of buyer preferences.

“Given its equally aggressive pricing, the 2013 Dodge Dart is poised to be a major player in a super-competitive market segment that includes established heavyweights like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda Mazda3.”

KBB said of the Chevy Spark, “The only all-new nameplate on this year’s list is also the first car in the world to integrate with Apple’s Siri assistant via ‘Eyes Free’ mode. Press a button on the steering wheel and ask Siri to read you text messages or sports scores, or compose your own message via voice. Connectivity is cool.”

KBB elaborated further by saying in its review of the Spark, “America’s rising gas prices have made this model more relevant. That being said, the Spark’s miniscule size, edgy styling and smart packaging are what really make it stand out.”

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