By on May 1, 2012

 

I do not subscribe to  the school of Panther Love, nor do I pledge allegiance to the Brown Car Gods, but this is just too good. A brown Acura ZDX, spotted at Honda Canada.

 

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46 Comments on “Attention Brown Car Fans: The Rarest Unicorn Of Them All...”


  • avatar
    TEXN3

    I saw a 2012 Flex in brown the other day. I thought UPS would have chosen the Transit Connect instead.

  • avatar
    86er

    Perhaps equally dour, but it still beats Great Recession Gray.

  • avatar
    Ubermensch

    I really like the metallic browns that Ford, Kia, VW, etc… have been putting out lately. All I can say is at least it’s not silver, black, or white.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    How many ZDXs are sold, excluding Honda Canada employees, their spouses, and buy-local people in Alliston?

  • avatar
    slance66

    I usually don’t like brown cars, and the ZDX is ugly. But I must say that the metallic brown works pretty well on those ugly lines. It’s one of the better colors for that car.

  • avatar
    dwford

    As ugly as the ZDX is, at least it has a style to it, unlike the Crosstour which is just a misshapen lump.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      At least the Crosstour is a pretty decent car. The ZDX is actually quite terrible.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        A couple I know bought one of each; a Crosstour for him, and a ZDX for her. And I have to agree with both of you.

        The ZDX looks kind of cool, in a futuristic, pointless-like-a-Star-Trek-rubber-suit, kind of way. It’s about as wide as the Enterprise, too.

        While the Crosstour is actually a nice car. Now that the Panther is dead, the Crosstour is so smooth, and has such a similar, arthritic-knee friendly, seat height; that it almost could be considered a tentative replacement.

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    What’s not to love about a sumptuous chocolate brown metallic car? Wish my Mercedes had this color….

  • avatar
    JMII

    Almost as rare as a Dodge Dakota in Light Almond Pearl (aka Desert Tan) or a 350Z in Brickyard Red (aka Burgundy). I only know about these because I own both a Dakota and a Z so I’m always on the look out for the “rare” colors they come in.

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    Landcrusher

    Is there a rule of thumb on how much you discount a brown car for trade in value? I am presently looking at getting one because it’s the best color that offers a tan interior. I hate grey leather, and Black is too hot for Houston.

    • 0 avatar
      racer-esq.

      Several of the used car pricing sites allow the user to factor in color.

      That said, getting a dark exterior color just to get a light interior color seems counterproductive to your goal.

      • 0 avatar
        Wheatridger

        Landcrusher is right– in sunbelt climes, cars heat up from the inside out. Sun hits the dark seat and dash surfaces, which absorb the light and convert it to to heat (instead of reflecting sun rays away, as a light interior would do). Black car bodies get hot to the touch, but most of that heat re-radiates and the insulating properties of today’s thick headliners help insulate the interior. But why does every maker believe that every light car must have a contrasting dark interior?

        There’s very little I miss about classics from the ’50s and ’60s, but those buyers enjoyed a range of color choices beyond the modern imagination. I’d gladly trade away some distracting dash plastichrome for a palette of vivid paint colors. Guess I already have, since I drive a New Beetle in Cyber Green.

  • avatar
    chiefmonkey

    Once I had to make a last minute car rental due to a flight cancellation, the only vehicle they could give me was a brown Kia Rondo. I don’t recall ever being in such a hurry to get to my destination!

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Dark brown.

    2012 answers to 2005′s burnt orange.

  • avatar
    rpol35

    I honestly think it should be stepped on.

  • avatar
    brettc

    Despite being ugly as fsck, that thing doesn’t look bad in brown. I like VW’s current brown offering and will consider brown for whatever my next vehicle is assuming it’s available. My parents had a brown ’81 Honda Civic wagon with a light brown vinyl interior. Lots of fun in the summer in Southern Ontario with no A/C!

    Also, enjoy the Frantics and their ode to brown cars by searching for “frantics brown car” on Youtube.

    • 0 avatar
      Toucan

      > I like VW’s current brown offering

      I second that. Touareg in brown look great.

    • 0 avatar
      TCragg

      My 2010 Passat Wagon is a lovely shade of metallic brown called “Mocha Brown Pearl”. It doesn’t look half bad in the right light. It’s my first brown car (and a wagon, at that!) since the aforementioned ’81 Civic Wagon in Lavanna Brown Metallic (paint code YR47M). The car that my brother references above was the machine I learned to drive in, so I have fond memories of brown wagons. Now I am able to chauffer my son around in his very own turdmobile.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    I like certain shades of brown, my favorite being the Golden Brown 1972 Nova I bought the day dad retired in 1973. The brown used on the Toyota Venza isn’t bad, neither was the brown color on my Father-in-Law’s 1987 Plymouth Reliant sedan.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    I must say that this is not a bad color. There have only been a few colors in the last 5 years that have really made me want to wretch. They are mac & cheese orange, metallic puke (offered on the last gen Focus), and mucus-phlegm green (again on the last gen Focus).

    I just realized these are all colors offered by Ford; a shame because I’ve grown up in a Ford family and won’t hesitate to buy a Ford if given the chance and the right car.

    Everything else is something that I would consider putting on a car.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    Honda needs to move their design studios to No California or the Pacific Northwest.

  • avatar
    jco

    unlike coppers or lime greens (hi Veloster), at least these more sedate browns might have a chance on the second hand market.

    except for the ZDX. I’ve only ever seen ONE in public. even the BMW version of the giant crossover with LESS cargo space seems limited in sales and/or appeal. the Infiniti FX seems like the only one in that segment that people care about.

    like the ongoing discussions here about wagons.. why can’t people just like wagons? like, car-sized wagons. maybe the younger generations will embrace them in an ironic nostalgic way and they’ll catch on again. so Honda gains some points back for selling us an actual wagon, it just isn’t the ZDX. it’s just too bad we can’t have the roll-down tailgate windows and rear-facing seats. those were the BEST.

    • 0 avatar
      Landcrusher

      I doubt my predictions here were ever tracked, though I did totally nail many predictions on the price of oil. Anyway, here is another: people will realize that cute utes ARE wagons and the wagon will make a comeback.

      There you have it. And if you want more, sales will grow for a few years and really take off in 6 to 8 years. anyone know how to invest in my prediction please share.

    • 0 avatar
      Littlecarrot

      Colors are certainly a personal preference, I say the more color choices the better.
      I happen to like copper and lime green. The green-with-envy Challenger certainly holds a price premium over the more mundane color choices.

  • avatar
    omer333

    I hate brown cars.

    When I was a kid, my mom had a brown Fox-body Mustang. Hated that thing.

    The other day I saw a brown Panamera, and all I could think was “MY EYES! MY EYES!!!!”

  • avatar
    mitchw

    I just saw this video on youtube of Acura’s leading designer, hard at work designing. Ask me how.

    watch?v=QsmiIeAkE-o

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    Perfect for the hipster IT professional with a family.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Even brown can’t fix ugly!

  • avatar
    Speed Spaniel

    I know how many people think the ZDX is ugly and as much as I blast Honda for being behing the times in engine technology and the lack of NVH refinement in some of their luxury vehicles, I will say this…..

    If you really study the design of the ZDX, it is very polarizing. It makes me think that my 1990 CRXsi grew up and got multiple degrees at RISD and then moved on to MIT. I would love to own this car. There is a YouTube video of the young female designer and the team who brought this concept to life. The team is VERY cool and they have my utmost admiration and respect. The ZDX looks much better in person and it’s surprising how big and tall it is cruising down the highway. Sure, it isn’t very functional, nor is it very sporty, but in my mind Honda gets 5 gold stars +++++ for taking a concept and bringing it to life. The materials used in this vehicle are impressive for its price class. (leather dashboard and berber type carpeting throughout). I would buy this vehicle alone to support the art of car design and to encourage manufacturers to think outside the box and take styling risks. I’d rather look at a brown ZDX on the road then a sea of gray Camrys.

  • avatar
    CurseWord

    I’ve never disliked a car more in my entire life. It’s the dark lord of the crossovers, born of the excreted designs and paint colors left over from birth of its underlings.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Now we know what Godzilla’s turds look like.

  • avatar

    I happen to like the Acura ZDX’s overall design, as well as that of the Acura MDX with which it shares a platform (among others.) The only thing I don’t like about the ZDX is how the tailpipes are integrated into the bumper and rear markers–I think they should protrude, rather than being flush with the body. And the brown paint is a nice touch. The thing people need to remember, though, is that vehicles with odd paint colors like orange, brown, bright-blue, green, etc. have lower resale values because they have lower take rates. That said, even though this color is tempting, unless I wanted to live with it for the rest of its life (which for a Honda-engineered vehicle can be a VERY long time), I would probably elect for something in the greyscale range, perhaps a nice gunmetal grey.

    And, on a side note, the Acura ZDX looks far better than the bloated whales that are the BMW X6 and 5-Series GranTurismo.

    • 0 avatar
      Ubermensch

      I buy cars for me, not for who will be buying my trade in. When I buy new, I want exactly the color I want and could care less about getting a few hundred dollars less on trade in. The flip side is that the rarer the color, the harder it is for someone to find that rare color that they may love and may be willing to pay a premium for it. It’s probably a wash for most but the most odd ball colors.

    • 0 avatar
      racer-esq.

      I don’t see much of a trade in hit for brown. It’s (literally) a darker, slightly edgier beige.

      In terms of a used car dealer trying to move volume it may not be as generically acceptable as grey/silver/black, but I would put it up there with dark blue as a conservative color. Definitely more conservative than, for example, red.

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    I like the color, but that is the ugliest vehicle that I have ever seen. An Aztek looks beautiful in comparison. It is the “Predator” of ugly vehicles….I can just picture Ahnuld saying “you are one ugly mother f%$^&&er”. However, the assembly quality looks quite good….

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Looks wise I don’t mind it; either inside or out. I’m sure it’s nice in snow, as well, with that fancy SH-AWD and all. But it is one wide, cumbersome way of getting not much in the way of interior space; and with quite poor fuel economy to boot.

  • avatar
    acuraandy

    Rare? I see one of these every few weeks. At the dealer I work at, we have sold no less than five in the Ionized Bronze/Umber ZDX Techs, one Advance as well, I think. One of which went to one of the part-owners of a Twin Cities pro sports team…..

  • avatar
    CRConrad

    Way back in the early eighties, I made up my mind that brown was actually a very nice colour on a car… as long as at least the wheel rims, and possibly most of the brightwork too, were at least partially gold-coloured.

    I think it was a brown-metallic Jag XJ6 with “2€” bi-colour BBS rims that inspired — nay, enlightened! — me.


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