Affordable vehicles offered with unique paint palette options


Here’s our pick of visual dramas for your driveway

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The benefit of buying a cheap t-shirt is the freedom to pick just about any color out of the rainbow. Red, yellow, aquamarine – they all suit the piece of fabric you put on before heading to the beach.

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A suit and tie, on the other hand, is usually limited to a socially acceptable mix of blacks and austere grayscale grays. There are exceptions, of course. Your author has some fantastic Elie Balleh blazers in his closet which he refuses to bring on press trips for fear of conjuring up jealousy deeper than the Mariana Trench, while a guy called Fresh, who serves as a tailor for artist The Weeknd, recently delighted the media with the fact that he made more than 18 red suits for the musician’s “After Hours” tour. So not all suits are cut from the same fabric (pun firmly intentional).

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This phenomenon extends to the automotive industry. The most popular colors in Canada in recent years have been some variation of white, gray or black – which, as educators will notice, aren’t really colors at all. The reason for this is multiple: automakers may be less likely to offer bright tints on some vehicles for fear that the color will go out of fashion and some customers are concerned that the novelty of a bright color will quickly fade and don’t let them sadly stare at a lime. green vehicle for the next five years.

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That’s why we chose to assemble a gallery of rogue vehicles that come in vibrant and punchy paint colors. Our list was given a price cap of around $50,000 to exclude extremely expensive sample paint tints offered by high-end manufacturers like Lambo and Audi. Still, we’ll pay homage to Porsche’s terrific Frozen Berry and Rubystar shades as examples of great colors with equally fun names.

Ready? Put on your sunglasses and let’s dive in.

Jeep Wrangler

A vehicle as casual and fun as the Jeep Wrangler deserves an interesting paint palette, and the designers at Stellantis are more than willing to indulge. This year alone saw the introduction of Reign, a purple shade with a nod to artist Prince, which was a de facto replacement for a special color called Tuscadero Pink. Those of us in a certain age bracket will remember that Fonzie’s girlfriend in Happy Days was called Pinky Tuscadero. Well done, Jeep.

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You don’t have to jump on the top trim to enjoy some interesting colors on the Wrangler. The entry-level Sport, which starts at under $39,000, is available in tones like Sarge Green, Hydro Blue and Firecracker Red. This Wrangler-based writer’s personal favorite is High Velocity, a sort of yellow/green that will look instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever had to don a high-vis jacket for safety.

Chevrolet Spark

Yes, we know – the little Spark is not returning for the 2023 model year. In fact, it was scheduled to cease production in mid-summer 2022. However, at the time of this writing, there are multiple copies on batches. Chevy dealerships in the communities surrounding your author’s home, so it’s included in this list.

Plus, how can you ignore a vehicle that, for well under half the average new-car transaction price this year, offers colors like Mystic Blue and Cayenne Orange? Blue Glow isn’t bad either, nor is the dynamic duo of Crimson and Nitro Yellow. Although the Spark is small, its appearance can be very oversized.

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Toyota GR86

This formidable sports car won over many fans when it was first introduced nearly a decade ago and continues to win accolades today in its second generation. His recipe? Mix in an entertaining chassis, an engaging manual transmission, add rear-wheel drive and cook to 100 km/h on a circuit or 25 km/h at your local autocross.

Also part of the manuscript? Colors beyond black and white. The Track bRed shade has a very creative name, not to mention the available Neptune which is a cheeky reference to the deep blue sea. The only downside here is that you have to jump for the more expensive Premium trim to get this color. If you like red cars, go ahead and buy the base Toyota GR86 since Track bRed is available on this build. And, for Akio’s sake, spec a manual transmission.

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For nearly 60 years, Ford has been placing brightly colored Mustang coupes in showrooms and racetracks across the country. While nothing formal has been announced, you can bet your lower pony there will be limited edition paint schemes and trim. Until then, we’ll stick with the list of color options.

And there are plenty. Atlas Blue Metallic, Cyber ​​Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Rapid Red, Eruption Green – all of these ensure that a dealer’s lot looks like someone spilled a bag of Skittles. Add a selection of vinyl racing stripes and the number of combinations on offer quickly multiplies. The vast majority of these are available on entry-level versions of EcoBoost and GT models, meaning there’s no need to jump for Premium cars to inject some visual interest. in his driveway.

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Sticking with American two-door muscle cars, they don’t put you much more in the face than a Challenger. As with the Jeep Wrangler, Stellantis’ suits gave the marketing team decent leeway when picking names for proposed paint colors. Check out TorRed, Frostbite Pearl and Sinamon Stick as three examples of a series of entertaining nicknames. Before the era of the gas-powered Challenger comes to an end in the next few years, someone has to give these people an award for their creativity.

As a bonus, you don’t have to pick a hairy-chested V8 to unlock all the right colors, though we’d recommend doing that just for the exhaust note. Even the base rental-grade SXT trim, priced at $37,665, is available in many of these vibrant paint finishes.

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Hyundai Venue

Replacing the small, side-shifting Accent at Hyundai’s entry-level lineup, the Venue is available in many trim levels (and even comes with a manual transmission on its base Essential trim). Switching to Preferred trim brings no less than 10 color choices, including a neat reverse two-tone that features a denim blue body paired with a white roof. Hyundai seems to like to modify its palette, since all shades of green are gone for 2022.

Mazda CX-5

In fact, we could include almost all of Mazda’s Canadian offerings based on the availability of just one color: Soul Red Crystal Metallic. That such a small automaker can make this paint hue — a color that looks as deep and rich as paints on vehicles costing triple the price — on the vast majority of its reasonably priced catalog defies belief.

We’re profiling the CX-5 in the hero shot above, as it’s one of the brand’s most popular models. Good-sized and maneuverable like an MX-5 carrying a backpack, the CX-5 already presents itself as one of the best options in its segment. Soul Red is simply the icing on an already delicious cake.


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