Second-coolest 2013 under $18,000: Ford Focus sedan
Fair purchase price: $15,904
"The Focus has high-quality finishes and a good amount of space for a small family car, but what's really surprising is that it's a blast to drive," Nerad says. "You can really push it."
The sedan features an impressive 160-horsepower engine that offers 28 mpg/city and 38 mpg/highway when outfitted with automatic transmission. Some trim lines even offer an optional "Super Fuel Economy" package of low-rolling-resistance tires and other special equipment that boosts highway mileage to 40 mpg.