Purchasing a highly affordable car can often mean settling on a barebones set of features and stripped-down styling, but Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com has found the 2014 Hyundai Veloster to be a clear exception to that rule. The auto-research site recently ranked the Veloster at No. 2 on its list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 2014, citing the compact hatchback’s unique three-door design and its excellent value that has become synonymous with the Hyundai brand.
Outside, the Hyundai Veloster sports aggressive styling that is augmented by large LED-accented headlights, while inside the cabin, it has a number of standard features that will appeal to younger buyers. All 2014 Veloster models come with Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, USB and auxiliary input jacks, and a largest-in-class seven-inch LCD touchscreen with a rearview camera. Drivers will also receive value from the Veloster long after their purchase, as the hatchback returns up to 36 mpg on the highway.
“Often times the dangers of buying an inexpensive car can include losing a sense of individual style and forgoing some pretty convenient technology features, but instead, the Hyundai Veloster provides an engaging exterior design that is unmatched in the industry and a load of standard in-car connectivity,” said Scott Levy, general manager of Rosen Hyundai. “Also, if buyers want to up the cool factor when it comes to performance and style, they can go with either the Veloster Turbo or the new Veloster RE:FLEX Edition.”
Housing a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo boasts 201 horsepower and a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio while harnessing that impressive output with sport-tuned steering and Torque Vectoring Control. On the other hand, the new 2014 Veloster RE:FLEX Edition offers an exclusive Ice Pearl paintjob, 18-inch alloy wheels with a chrome finish, chrome hood accents and door handles, and RE:FLEX badging. Buyers of the Veloster RE:FLEX Edition also have the option of black or red full-leather seating that is complemented by Piano Black accents, illuminated door sills and a 450-watt eight-speaker Dimension premium sound system.
We love hearing stories of how our customers have been enjoying their MX-5 Miatas on back roads this summer, and we’re excited to report that they’ll have a new generation of the roadster to consider by this time next year. After what has seemed like an eternity of rumors and speculation among driving enthusiasts, Mazda recently confirmed that the redesigned 2016 MX-5 Miata will debut on Sept. 3 at an exclusive event in Monterey, Calif.
While you can still expect the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata to deliver the value-focused performance that has made the nameplate the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car of all time, there will be some drastic changes underneath the sheet metal. Mazda has already revealed an all-new SKYACTIV-CHASSIS that should help the 2016 MX-5 Miata drop more than 220 pounds compared to its predecessor, and if the model follows suit with the brand’s other recent redesigns, it will receive responsive-yet-efficient SKYACTIV engines and transmissions as well.
Following its Sept. 3 debut, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be on display at the fan-organized Miatas at Mazda Raceway, which runs from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey and Salinas. If Chicagoland Mazda fans are interested in making the pilgrimage westward, the annual event is free and open to the general public. To register, visit www.MiatasAtMazdaRaceway.com.
With its unique boxy styling and versatile interior, the Kia Soul has always been a trendy choice for young Milwaukee drivers on a budget. But after receiving a more aggressive exterior, improved handling and new technology features for the 2014 model year, the urban passenger vehicle has upped its cool factor even more. Those changes recently helped the Soul land on the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 list from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com for the third straight year.
Priced starting at less than $16,000, the 2014 Kia Soul sits on a chassis that is lower, wider and stiffer than its predecessor while donning a large trapezoidal lower air intake and a revised grille that were pulled from the automaker’s Track’ster concept. The vehicle’s suspension was also significantly retuned to boost ride and handling. Despite those enhanced driving dynamics, passengers of the 2014 Soul actually enjoy slightly more legroom and cargo capacity than they would in the 2013 model.
Inside, the new Kia Soul offers one of the coolest cabins in the industry, with plenty of soft-touch materials and a circular design theme that persists throughout the vehicle’s surfaces and equipment. Buyers can also opt for a new eight-inch capacitive touchscreen that controls the second-generation UVO eServices infotainment system, which now features preloaded Pandora Internet radio for easy access to road-trip-worthy tunes. If you’d like to see just how intuitive that technology can be, we suggest stopping by our Milwaukee Kia dealership for a test-drive of the 2014 Kia Soul.