Fifth-coolest 2013 under $18,000: Dodge Dart
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Famous during the 1960s and '70s as an inexpensive-but-reliable small car, the Dodge Dart has returned to Chrysler's lineup for the first time in 37 years as a sporty sedan.
Based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta (an Italian car built by Chrysler parent
), the Dart combines a modest price with good looks, impressive road performance and up to 27 mpg/city and 39 mpg/highway.
"With its European roots, the Dart is a car that has a significant amount of fun attached to it," Nerad says.
The sedan also offers lots of cool standard and available features. For instance, base Darts comes with a 160-horsepower naturally aspired engine, but both turbocharged and 184-horsepower versions of the model are or will soon be available.