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Top 10 2011 Vehicles Under $30,000 With the Most Curb Appeal

By Sam Grossman | June 16, 2011
When asking consumers what is most important when buying a new vehicle, many will mention styling. People want a car that turns heads. Automakers are taking notice, investing more time and money into exterior design, trying to outdo the new looks debuting from competitive brands. A car that is aesthetically pleasing and affordable is hard to find, but here is our list of the top 10 vehicles with the most curb appeal under $30,000. Paragraphimage The Acura TSX transformed from a bland and boxy car to one with great lines and a sportier look. For 2011, The TSX received a revamped exterior design. Revisions include a new front grille and taillights, as well as restyled 17-inch wheels. Acura decided to keep the dual exhaust tailpipes that add to the sporty exterior of this sedan. Paragraphimage The only SUV on the list is the all-new Kia Sportage. This SUV was in desperate need of a makeover, and Kia definitely delivered. The Sportage’s new body style is sleeker and meaner, transforming it into a modern crossover that’s 3.5-inches longer than the previous model. With a base price of $18,990, this newly redesigned SUV is quite a catch. Paragraphimage The Dodge Charger is a classic muscle car reborn as a bold four-door. Its newest redesign took place this year, and there is only one word to describe it: aggressive. The Charger has received a stealthier look for 2011, as well as a new back end that includes new LED taillights. This is one mean vehicle. Paragraphimage The 2011 Dodge Challenger has remained faithful to the muscle car classic on which it was based. Talk about a blast from the past, this car looks like a Challenger straight out of the ‘70s. The modern muscle car keeps the long, slick body it has had for decades. Paragraphimage The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a great looking sports car for just $23,500. Great lines and a can’t-miss rear end make this car eye-catching. It doesn’t hurt that it features relatively large dual exhaust pipes. This sporty Hyundai is sure to draw attention. Paragraphimage The Subaru Impreza WRX has always been recognizable by its bulging hood scoop, and that doesn’t change for 2011. More refined than past models, this car still appears sporty thanks to its hood scoop and quad exhaust tailpipes. The $26,220 sports car is a lot of car for the money. Paragraphimage The 2011 Mazdaspeed3 is a hatchback with a lot of grit, despite the smiling front end. This hatchback is one of the most attractive hatchbacks you can buy. It comes with a standard rear spoiler as well as a hood scoop and stylish 18-inch alloy wheels. With a starting price of about $24,500, the Mazdaspeed3 is a value. Paragraphimage After spending seven years off the market, the Chevrolet Camaro returned with quite a bang, looking better than ever. The 2011 Camaro has a short deck and a long hood. This $23,655 car may not look as light as its predecessors, but it has made a comeback that has everyone turning their heads. Paragraphimage Though some consumers may not be familiar with the Volkswagen CC,  the four-door’s lines have drawn comparisons to the far more expensive Mercedes-Benz CLS. For those who want a stylish sedan, spending $29,020 on this elegant Volkswagen is an easy decision. Paragraphimage The best way to describe the Volkswagen GTI is short and sweet, but this car is far from bland. The GTI comes stock with bold 18-inch wheels, and red brake calipers that would make any car look sporty. It may be small, but this hatchback has lots of charm. What inexpensive vehicles do you think have plenty of curb appeal?
  • 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Front Three Quarter
  • 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed Front Three Quarter
  • 2010 Volkswagen Cc Rear Three Quarter
  • 2010 Volkswagen Gti Rear Three Quarters
  • 2011 Acura Tsx Rear Three Quarters
  • 2011 Dodge Challenger Side
  • 2011 Dodge Charger Front Three Quarter
  • 2011 Hyundai Genesis Rear Three Quarters
  • 2011 Kia Sportage Driver Front Three Quarters 1
  • 2011 Subaru Impreza Wrx Front Three Quarters
 
5 comments
Valley
Valley

The American sports car is well represented on this list. While the FIAT 500 turns heads, I think it is fair to say it is not the same type of head-turner as a Camaro or Charger. It good to see the muscle car adapting to the changes and challenges of the the modern market

Tonneau Cover
Tonneau Cover

I love this car. In fact, I wanna get married with this one.

Brett
Brett

I concur on the FIAT 500. I had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time with a Euro spec 500 back in 2008 and 2009 and can say that the car is a lot of fun. The North American model is even better than the Euro was so it must be really good. The Italians really know how to package style into a small package.

Bret
Bret

Fiat 500! Especially once the Abarth Version is released here in the States. :)

TK
TK

The FIAT 500! People love it. It is difficult to get out of a parking lot without having some ask about it and want to know more.

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