Great Deals Are Available on These One-of-a-Kind Cars
When you are driving down the road, do you lament that all cars look the same? While many vehicles have similar characteristics, there are still some unique options that don't look like anything else out there. Whether you want something classic, like a Volkswagen Beetle, something quirky, like a Kia Soul, or something sexy, like a Mazda MX-5 Miata, there are plenty of interesting cars to choose from.
However, trying to find a cool car on a budget can often be a challenge. That's where we come in. Using sales and market data from Kelley Blue Book and Automotive News, we have highlighted a few cars with stand-out styling that you can get a great deal on right now.
Click ahead for cool cars and hot deals.
The Kia Soul is the only survivor of the boxy-crossover trend, and it is the best of the bunch. Its funky shape lends itself to exceptional functionality. It has 61.3 cubic feet of total cargo space, which is on par with some compact SUVs. The Soul also has comfortable driving dynamics and with a new turbocharged engine available this year, giving it more power than ever under the hood. The Soul is also one of only three vehicles that won both our 2017 Best Car for the Money and 2017 Best Car for Families awards.
Despite all this praise, sales have hovered around the middle of the compact car class. So far this year, the Soul is being outsold by the Honda Civic more than 3:1. But the Soul has another advantage – its price. A base model Soul starts at just $16,100, which is the lowest starting price in the class.
If the Soul speaks to your soul, use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the Kia dealer in your area with the lowest price. Don't forget to check out this month's Kia deals for all the current financing and leasing offers.
The Mini Cooper is an iconic piece of automotive design, still going strong after nearly 60 years. The original go-kart car, it features dynamic handling and compact styling that makes it a blast to drive. But it is also filled with many modern creature comforts, such as Bluetooth, navigation, and active safety features that make it a great partner – no matter your daily driving route.
However, all of this comes at a price – and a pretty steep one. It has a starting price of $22,200, which is one of the highest among all subcompact cars. This high entry fee could also be the reason its sales hover around the middle of the class. For comparison, the sales-leading Nissan Versa has a starting price more than $8,000 below the Cooper.
Still, its high price may be worth it for its high style. If you want to bring home a new Mini Cooper, use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the Mini dealer in your area with the best price.
The Jeep Renegade is among the more interesting looking Jeeps on the road today. Its quirky, cube-like shape keeps it looking fresh compared to other SUVs. Its on-road manners make it a comfortable commuting partner, while its off-road prowess can turn it into a weekend warrior, tackling most trails with ease. This is a hard balance to achieve in most SUVs, and even more so in the subcompact SUV class.
This dual personality is probably why it is currently the best-selling subcompact SUV. Its high sales could also be attributed to its budget-pricing. A base model Renegade with an automatic transmission starts at $20,820. If you opt for a six-speed manual transmission, you can take $2,825 off that price. Though there are a few options that cost less than the Renegade when equipped with an automatic transmission, they will be stuck in the mud while you trail-ride off into the sunset. And you will look cool doing it.
The Volkswagen Beetle was once the best-selling car in the world. In recent years, its popularity has declined as more conventionally designed sedans and SUVs have risen to prominence. However, if conventionality isn’t your style, the Beetle is a great option.
With a starting price of just under $20,000, the Beetle is one of the more expensive subcompact cars. Likely due to this high price, sales of the Beetle have been lagging in the bottom third of the class so far this year. However, low sales numbers mean that you can likely negotiate a good price at the dealership.
You might have seen a BMW i3 pass you on the street and assumed it was a crazy concept car. Its out-of-the-box styling choices – like those rounded corners and suicide doors – make it stand out among all cars. Even better, this oddball is also an all-electric green machine. It has a range of up to 114 miles, depending on the battery size you buy. You can also get a model with an on-board, gasoline-powered generator than can add about 100 miles to your range.
Though not as expensive as other luxury electric cars, like a Tesla Model S, the i3 is not an inexpensive option. Its $42,400 starting price is the second-highest in the luxury small car class. However, it does qualify for federal tax credits, which can help ease your financial burden. Additionally, the i3 has the lowest sales in the class, meaning you may be able to negotiate a good deal on the BMW lot.
This month's BMW deals have all current financing and lease options, which can help you save even more. Make sure to use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the BMW dealer in your area with the best price.
The Honda Civic has been around a long time, but its radical 2016 redesign gives it a serious stylistic edge over its competitors. The Civic will give you great gas mileage, a wealth of high-tech features – including many in-demand driver assistance features – and exciting driving dynamics. It's available as a sedan; a sporty, two door coupe; and a slick, new-for-2017 hatchback.
There is little not to like about the Civic, which is why it is currently the best-selling compact car. The base Civic with an automatic transmission starts at $19,540, which is about $2,000 below the class average. You can save an additional $800 if you choose a six-speed manual transmission.
Typically, strong sales mean finding a good deal can be difficult. However, the Civic is featured prominently in this month's Honda deals, so you can likely find good savings. To help you save even more, use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the Honda dealer in your area with the lowest price.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the best-handling sports cars on the road today, and with the new retractable fastback (hardtop) model available for 2017, its now also one of the best-looking too. For driving enthusiasts, the Miata is one of the last bastions of great, manual sports cars. (Don't worry, it is also available as an automatic.) The best part of all: You can get into a new Miata for less than $25,000.
Year-to-date Miata sales rank in the middle of the class. The popular Ford Mustang is outselling the Miata nearly 7:1. However, low sales means you can likely negotiate a good price. But act quickly. With summer around the corner, convertible sales are likely to increase, meaning Mazda dealers will be less likely to give you a discount.
If you're looking to get your hands on one of these unique vehicles, head over to our best lease deals and finance deals pages. There, we've compiled a list of all the best incentives manufacturers are currently offering.
Once you're ready to buy, be sure to use the U.S. News Best Price Program, where shoppers save an average of $3,279 off their new car purchase.