Scion FR-S, Ford Fiesta Coolest Cars For Under $25,000

Michael James

The Scion FR-S has for the second straight year top the list of 10 Coolest New Cars Under $25,000, according to editors of Kelley Blue Book.

“Many of us aren’t in the position to run out and purchase a Porsche or Lamborghini, which is why we’ve crafted a list of affordable but fun cars, like two-time winner Scion FR-S,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “Truly a driver’s car, the FR-S features a stylish looking exterior and modern updates on the interior.”

As in previous years, for 2014 KBB.com editors look for the ever-subjective “cool factor” when rounding up candidates for the annual list, building a lineup of cars that are specifically engineered to excite driving enthusiasts of all lifestyles.

The 2014 Scion FR-S was named 2014's Coolest car for less than $25,000.
The 2014 Scion FR-S was named 2014’s Coolest car for less than $25,000.

This year’s list features a dedicated convertible, an off-road legend and a variety of fun, stylish, desirable models in between.

“The vehicles featured on the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $25,000 of 2014 list were hand-selected for shoppers who are looking for their dream car, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it,” said Nerad.

The MX-5 Miata, the best-selling sports car in history, rounded out the list at No. 12.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is No. 10 on KBB's list of Coolest Cars for less than $25,000.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is No. 10 on KBB’s list of Coolest Cars for less than $25,000. Image © James Raia

Here’s how KBB.com editors described it:

“Few cars have remained as true to their original mission as the MX-5 Miata. When it comes to delivering an abundance of pure driving fun at an affordable price, this unassuming little rear-drive roadster with its free-revving 2.0-liter engine, slick 6-speed manual transmission and well-sorted suspension continues to play in a league of its own.”

Here’s the complete list:

1. Scion FR-S

2. Ford Fiesta ST

Here’s TheWeeklyDriver.com’s review: Ford Fiesta

3. Jeep Wrangler

4. Volkswagen GTI

5. Chevrolet Camaro

6. Mini Cooper S

7. Ford Mustang

Here’s TheWeeklyDriver’s review: Ford Mustang

8. Honda Civic Si

9. Fiat 500 Abarth

10. Mazda MX-5 Miata

Here’s TheWeeklyDriver.com’s review: Mazda MX-5

To read further details of the 2014 list, visit: KBB.com’s Coolest Cars For 2014

Article Last Updated: April 22, 2014.

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