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When people think of "cool cars," they usually visualize spending a lot of money to buy them. If a vehicle is considered cool, it usually has popular features and a design that people like, which typically adds up to big bucks. However, there are more cool cheap cars than you think.
We have several examples of used cars you can buy that fall into the "cool" category but aren't as pricey as you might expect them to be.
You might not be getting the latest technology when you're spending under $10,000 for a car, but that doesn't mean you can't get a cool cheap car that you'll enjoy driving around. An inexpensive car doesn't mean it's not a good one.
How cheap is the 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT?
Road & Track shares a list of cool sports cars you can purchase used without spending a lot of money. On the list is the 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT, which you can get for $4,000 on the base trim. The rare VR4 version is significantly more expensive, but the base model is good enough for most people.
With the front-wheel-drive sports car, you're getting a 3-liter V6 engine with a manual transmission and a fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon, according to Kelley Blue Book. The four-seater has a cargo capacity of 11.1 cubic ft.
The vehicle also comes equipped with cruise control, and the interior features include a CD player, leather seats, tilt steering wheel, and power windows.
A standout cool cheap car: the 2001 Audi TT
Audi is a luxury car brand, and they often come with high price tags as a result. You can get nice cheap cars if you look for the right model, though.
If you’re looking for used cars under 6000, look no further than the first-gen TT. The 2001 model year can be found used for around $5,000 if you're interested in a car that's about 20 years old.
Kelley Blue Book tells us the four-wheel-drive base model gives you a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine that can take you from 0 to 60 in eight seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. It's a two-seater with 7.8-cubic ft. of cargo space and gets 22 miles per gallon, including 27 on the highway.
Tech features include cruise control, hands-free phone operation, and a navigation system. Inside, you have leather seats with both a CD player and an MP3 player. The TT is one of the least expensive cool cheap cars on the aftermarket.
2014 Fiat 500 Abarth: a modern take on cool cheap cars
If you're looking for something more recent, you can go with the 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth. The 2014 model is starting to go down in price and now comes in under $10,000.
At $9,995 it's not a bad price for a Fiat model that has been on sale in the U.S. for less than a decade, having first become available in 2012.
Edmunds gives us a look at the specs of the 2014 model, which is a front-wheel-drive five-speed manual transmission with a 1.4-liter engine. Being newer, it's more fuel-efficient than the previous cars discussed, with a fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon.
The interior can seat four and has 9.5-cubic. ft. of cargo capacity. It has cruise control onboard and has a six-speaker stereo system, leather steering wheel, and remote keyless entry.
If you're looking into any cool cheap cars, make sure you get the proper insurance. Cool cars can be a popular target for car thieves and ticketing police officers.
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