Down in Brown - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

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


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    That is an excellent brown color. Kinda has a nice bronze tint. I haven't seen any matte black Prii, but I'm seeing a lot with fancy rims these days. What I'm waiting for is a Prius with the anodized red tow hook sticking out of the bumper. THAT is when the whole thing has jumped the shark.

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    @stovt001: My first laugh of the day. I like the bronzes, but it is hard to find an actual brown car, or one that looks good in brown. Probably because of the old joke, which I cannot write here-- or anywhere for that matter.

  • oxmead oxmead Posts:

    I remember an old motor trend test talking about how they thought only a Mercedes could look good in brown , until they saw it on a '69 GTO.

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    doesn't do it for me. and reminds me of the brown Grand Torino my dad had when I was in high school. yes, brown vinyl roof, too

  • wheelmccoy_ wheelmccoy_ Posts:

    Milk Dud anyone?

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