It’s hard to define cool, but, Kelley Blue Book knows cool when it sees it. Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com (www.kbb.com) named several vehicles from Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler to the list of the 2015 “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.” KBB named the Jeep Renegade, the Chevy Sonic, the Ford Fiesta and 2015 Fiat 500 to the list.
In its review of the 2015 Renegade, KBB editors wrote, “the 2015 Jeep Renegade is an all-new model from the iconic off-road brand. That alone would make the Renegade a big deal, but its importance goes beyond just being The Next New Thing. This baby Jeep is the brand’s Next Big Thing. The Renegade marks Jeep’s foray into the emerging subcompact crossover-SUV segment, where it competes with the also-new Honda HR-V, Mazda CX- 3 and Chevrolet Trax. Like those vehicles, the Renegade is practical, efficient and offers surprising safety and tech features. Its small size makes it at home in crowded cities, and its sub- $19,000 starting price is highly attractive. Where it stands apart is in the wild. With optional 4-wheel drive and the ability to tame terrain, the Renegade earns its Jeep badge.”
“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 sensible for everyday commuting. Renegade owners won’t scale a mountain every day … but they could.”
KBB editors said that the Fiat 500 was something of a surprise on this list. They wrote, “Many didn’t expect a small Italian subcompact to do well in the U.S., but the 2015 Fiat 500 coupe and soft-top cabriolet have confounded the critics. Smaller than the Mini Cooper, the 500’s primary attraction are its playful attitude, impressive list of colors and features, attractive price and good fuel economy.