Sometimes you just want to ignore all the “grown-up” research about reliability, safety, performance, and fuel efficiency, and get back to what you always envisioned as a kid: driving the coolest car. But alas, that’s just not practical—or at least, it wasn’t until now. We’ve already detailed how the 2018 Mazda3 is one of the best cars around, with high marks on all those practical considerations. Well, according to Kelley Blue Book®, it’s also the coolest car on the road.

The renowned auto reviewer recently released their list of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000. For the fifth year in a row, the Mazda3 took the top spot. Here’s what Kelley Blue Book had to say about the repeat champion: “Widely regarded as the best-looking and most fun-to-drive vehicle in its segment, the Mazda3 is the all-time champion of our budget-minded coolest cars list, appearing here for the 15th time.”

The 2018 Mazda3 model’s cool factor gets a boost from its sleek, athletic design. When you hit the gas, you’re met with incredible responsiveness, excellent road feel, and on overall fun-to-drive experience that together make you think you’re in a much more expensive automobile. Both the standard 7.0-inch touchscreen and the central rotary controller allow you to interact with the intuitive MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system.

For more cool cars under $20,000, check out our selection of Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles. Each vehicle comes with 24-hour emergency roadside assistance. That provides peace of mind when you hit the road for your next epic summer road trip. To learn more about the Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle program, head into Liberty Mazda near Newington, CT. While you’re here, be sure to explore our full selection of new and pre-owned Mazda vehicles to make your own pick for the coolest car around.