Orange cars, not just orange highlights, seem to be more popular than ever, but they still make up few cars on the market. Henry Ford famously said, “You can have any color Ford you want, as long as it’s black.” Over a century later, things have changed quite a bit, and practically every color of the rainbow is available, straight from the factory. Custom paint jobs widen the spectrum even further, but few people are paying attention.

Unfortunately, Americans typically fall in line with the three most-popular colors, silver (23%), white (15%), and black (12%). Why not shoot car commercials in black and white, even? More “exciting” colors are typically associated with sports cars, but even these tend toward the demure, dark blue (13%) and bright red (7%) making up just a small margin of car colors sold.

This year, why not try something a little different? Without getting behind bars, there are plenty of “Orange is the New Black” cars available, and you don’t even have to spend a lot to get into something that looks a little more exciting. Here are five orange cars we would love to drive, if not for the fun factor, so we won’t blend in on the highway or in a parking lot.

  • The Lamborghini Huracán in Pumpkin Orange looks like someone carved it from a pumpkin with a very bad attitude. It’s a beautiful and powerful supercar, to be sure, but you can only share the ride with one other.
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  • Getting away from quarter-million-dollar supercars, the Volkswagen New Beetle in Habanero doesn’t look mean, but it’s tasty as all get-out. For the beautiful fall days upon us, we’d suggest the cabriolet.
  • We’re not sure if you could call this car “fast” or “furious,” but the Honda Fit Sport in Orange Fury is a sight to behold. We’ve seen these in boring silver and black, but why not spice things up a bit for your daily commute?

I think my favorite two boil down to a couple of my favorite cars, though. Both are accessible and useful to modern active families.

  • First, there’s the Jeep Renegade Latitude in Omaha Orange. This is definitely a vehicle that deserves an exciting color, if not a feast for the eyes, at least so no hunters mistake it for their four-footed prey.
  • Then, feast your eyes on the Lifted Subaru Crosstrek in Sunshine Orange, certainly a far cry from the light green – you mean it’s no monochrome? – Outback practically everywhere here in the Northeast.
  • It’s not a new car by any means – in fact, it’s close to mandatory retirement age – but the only thing missing from this 1955 Chevrolet 210 in Tangelo Orange and Snow White is a popsicle stick. There’s only a single one on the plenty, but it looks good enough to lick on a warm fall day.

What do you think? Is it time we started taking steps away from the standard colors, silver, white, and black? Are “hot” colors only for the brave and deep-pocketed? We think not! Whether you’re thinking new or used or restoration, take a stand for something exciting and more visually stimulating than the monochrome palette America’s been driving for over one hundred years!

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