If you’re looking for a car that stands out from the crowd and doesn’t look like every other sedan or crossover on the road, consider looking for a Nissan Cube. The higher head room is perfect for tall passengers and because of its fuel economy (with an average of 29 mpg), it makes a great commuter car. For the most part, each year has three trim levels: S, SL, and Krom. S is the standard trim level while SL features upgrades like a Rockford Fosgate sound system, rearview camera, and navigation system. The Krom trim level includes a three-bar chrome grille and two-tone upholstery.
There’s no doubt the MINI Coopers stand out on the road. Since the Cooper is so iconic to Britain, it may surprise you to learn that it was actually designed by an American, Frank Stephenson. Some have commented that driving a Cooper is similar to driving a go-kart with responsive handling that makes it a fun car to drive. If technology is a big deal to you, you’ll want to look for Coopers that are 2013 or newer when Bluetooth became standard. The base trim level includes leather seats with many optional packages that add extra options on to the car, such as heated seats, run-flat tires, heated mirrors, and satellite radio. Check when buying to see which packages are included in the model.
Considered a microvan, the Scion xB sold at an affordable price when it was new, so buying used makes it even more affordable. Despite the lower price tag, the vehicle comes with power everything, air conditioning, cruise control, and remote keyless entry. Standing out with its boxy shape, the xB has a cool look that attracts drivers of all ages. Fuel economy on the Scion xB averages about 24 mpg, decent for the vehicle’s size and for its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
The Kia Soul is another vehicle that is sold affordably when new, so a used model will fetch a great price. The brand new 2016 Soul will set you back $15,900 or more depending on the options you choose. A used Soul will be much less than that depending on its production year. Souls have always been cute and fun to drive, but the 2014 model year came with an update in design and upscale options that include an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, automatic climate control, and heated steering wheel. When buying a car, why not choose something that looks good and is fun to drive? Feel confident as you drive around Des Moines in your good-looking car.