2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Down in Brown

April 5, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Unlike matte black, brown is a color that any car can pull off. (By the way, a murdered-out Prius is a sure sign the trend has jumped the shark so give it up, people.)

Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so since there actually is a Brown Car Appreciation Society on Facebook. But this didn't really hit home 'til I came across a Toffee Brown Metallic 2013 Volkswagen Beetle in my neighborhood. I mean, just look how beautiful the Beetle looks, like a gigantic chocolate truffle. This scrumptious color (mmm, toffee) is only available on 2.5L and TDI as well as the 1970s edition convertible.

I used to think that fun-looking cars like the Beetle and Mini Cooper should stay away from earth tones and primary colors and, rather, exploit their unusual looks with fun hues but this brown Bug has made me see the light. Now I'm thinking a brown Prius would look pretty smart.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in VA is:

$140 per month*
* Explanation