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10 Coolest Cars Under $23,000

What makes a car cool? While each of us may have a slightly different answer to that question, there are many things about a cool car that most can agree on.


Here are some questions to consider when classifying a cool car. Is it fun? Is it stylish? Does the car make you smile? Does it have the tech features you want and the versatility you need at a price you can afford? The 10 cars here, listed alphabetically, answer those questions with a resounding yes. Better yet, each of these cars post a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of less than $23,000 as of April 2020.


2020 Honda Civic

The $20,176 CDN Honda Civic is comfortable, roomy, practical, efficient, packed with cool tech, and a blast to drive — and it's the only car in its segment available as a coupe, sedan or hatchback. Honda tops off the Civic with a budget-friendly starting price and a strong reputation for reliability and resale value.


2020 Honda Fit

The $18,076 CDN Honda Fit seems larger on the inside than on the outside thanks to its rear Magic Seat. This feature gives the Fit's interior enough space and versatility to rival that of a small SUV – you could fit a bicycle or a large toboggan in the cabin. The subcompact Fit also happens to be fun to drive. That combination of practicality and pep at an affordable price makes this a hard car to resist.


2020 Hyundai Kona

The $21,249 CDN Hyundai Kona has a healthy dose of modern style, and the clean, crisp cabin is filled with a bevy of connectivity and advanced safety features. An available turbocharged engine and an easily reconfigured interior add to this versatile SUV's appeal.


2020 Hyundai Veloster

All-new for 2020, the $22,449 CDN Hyundai Veloster has a unique 3-door layout and bold styling that set it apart from other small sporty cars. Thanks to an increase in power and a new suspension setup, the Veloster offers plenty of fun-to-drive for the money.


2020 Kia Soul

The $21,195 CDN Kia Soul's alluring combination of bold style, SUV-like versatility, and practicality puts this hatch at the top of the list. The Soul's cool looks continue inside, with an interior that's both functional and fashionable. This Kia comes with a roster of standard and available features that add to the Soul's value.


2020 Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks offers eye-catching style and loads of personality, plus the practicality of standard advanced safety features and a fuel-efficient engine, all with a $19,298 CDN starting price. And despite this Nissan's diminutive size, its interior is roomy and comfortable.


2020 Subaru Impreza

A recent redesign gave the Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback sharp looks, more refinement and a large palette of tech and convenience features, all while retaining the strong value proposition and reliability for which Subaru is known. That it comes in with a starting price of $19,995 CDN with standard all-wheel-drive earns it extra credit with Canadian car buyers.


2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The $21,050 CDN Toyota Corolla Hatchback is all-new for 2020. It offers surprising sportiness, plenty of standard tech and safety features, and aggressive good looks backed by the 5-door's inherent practicality and Toyota's legendary reliability.


2020 Volkswagen Golf

It's no wonder the $22,570 CDN Volkswagen Golf has such a loyal following. You can zip around town with the practical cargo space of a hatchback, yet get your tasks done in a cool-looking car that's agile and responsive.


2020 Volkswagen Jetta

The newest generation of the $21,245 CDN Volkswagen Jetta has responsive handling that makes sporty driving fun while offering a comfortable ride on highway drives. VW's compact sedan also has plenty of tech connectivity, safety and convenience features to appeal to even the most forward-looking drivers.




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