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5 Cars That Will Make You Look Like You Have Money, Even If You Don't

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On: Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 4:08PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

5 Cars That Will Make You Look Like You Have Money, Even If You Don't

As a car person, I try not to be shallow and superficial, but if I had to get a new car, I’d want it to look like I spent money on it. I think most people feel the same way. And like the average car buyer, I don’t have unlimited funds to buy a high-end car with all of the features that fit my lifestyle. So instead, I have to settle for a vehicle that fits my life, that I can also afford—but that doesn’t necessarily mean that people like me have to settle for something ordinary looking either... and here are five cars that prove that notion to be accurate.

Each of the following vehicles are under $15,000 and don’t look it.

2010 and Newer Kia Soul - $13,900 Base MSRP
If you are not familiar with the Kia Soul, it’s the vehicle with the hamster commercial—it’s also a compact, four-door crossover (CUV) with five seats and plenty of cargo space. This model was made to be stylish and unique looking with a square body and urban look. It’s also packed with driver friendly features like a voice-activated entertainment and communications system.

2009 and Newer Ford Focus - $14,995 Base MSRP
Starting in 2009, Ford gave the Focus a really cool redesign that brought it into the modern age with cooler styling, a sleeker body, more power, and an interior loaded with features. The base models are almost as cool as the hatchback SVT Focus cars from the early 2000s, only these are a little bit more affordable and come with more technology.

Included in the newer Focus models is comfort, Ford’s Sync infotainment, and a fun-to-drive 5-speed stick shift.

2009 and Newer Mitsubishi Lancer - $14,340 Base MSRP
It’s no EVO, but the base model is still pretty nice, and looks like it costs more than it does. This model has the most room of any sedan on this list and has a very sleek look. The design is race-inspired and the interior includes a MP3 playback system. It also has a swift four-cylinder and 5-stick shift.

2012 and Newer Ford Fiesta - $13,200 Base MSRP
The new Fiesta models are all about style, class, and sporty performance in a subcompact model. It’s ultra fuel efficient due to the 1.6L engine, but the handling makes it a lot of fun to drive. You will also appreciate the Ford Sync with voice activation and six-speed transmission.

2014 Toyota Corolla - $16,800 Base MSRP
If you would’ve asked me two years ago what I thought about the Corolla, I’d tell you I didn’t think much of it at all—but the new redesign has my attention. As far as “smart” buys go, the Corolla is hard to argue with. The new models look really sleek -- gone are the days of econoboxes in the Toyota family, I believe. These models get great fuel economy and you can get one totally loaded with features for under $20,000, not bad.

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