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author photo by Lindsay Martell October 2018

Being a sugar fiend, my thoughts automatically turn to candy corn at Halloween (and seriously, who could blame me? M&Ms is totally torturing me with these). But I also think of my favorite orange-hued items: Jack-o-lanterns (those festive orbs of October), autumnal garden mums and, somewhat surprisingly, cars.

It's not just me. According to AARP, orange is 2018's color du jour. Automakers across the board are totally game for this gourd-y, fruit-inspired hue. But unlike inky blacks, steely grays and classic ivories, orange doesn't work on every vehicle. Not by a long shot. There are just a handful that can handle the fiery, lush awesomeness of these tangerine dreams.

2019 Volkswagen Beetle in Habanero Orange Metallic

When a vehicle is as cute as a Beetle, you probably aren't expecting it to be painted in such a fiery hue, but muy caliente, this one is stunning. And since Volkswagen announced the 2019 model will be the last beloved bug, it makes sense that VW is sending off its celebrated, 7-decades-strong Beetle with a spicy, sprightly bite. It even has a bit of a pumpkin-ish shape.

The Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL are available as a convertible and a coupe, with a powerful, 2.0-liter TSI engine. Both also have a smattering of tech that drivers have come to rely on, such as blind spot monitoring and, on the Final Edition SEL model, rear park distance control. Expect serious orange envy with this one.

The 2019 Beetle Final Edition coupe retails starting at $23,045 (the SE models), and $25,995 for its SEL models.

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Sebring Orange

Corvettes and bold colors just work. Every. Single. Time. Sure, a black Vette is super sleek in a kind of "get-out-of-my-way, I'm-driving-a-sick-sports-car" way, but it's the candy apple reds and brilliant oranges that truly make these cars sing. The Sebring Orange hue is a true orange, making it so classically chic. You'll get all the power you want with 455 horsepower, and all the connecting you want, thanks to its 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.

Vibrant, classic, cool. Throw down $55,495 for the base model, plus an additional $995 for the stunning Sebring Orange tint.

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2019 Acura NSX in Thermal Orange Pearl

I can totally see why Acura is hailing its NSX as a next-generation supercar. Insanely powerful, insanely beautiful, this mega machine has it all -- with a few key upgrades for 2019. It's got the power you'd expect of a racing diva (a 3.5-liter V6, three electric motors and a 9-speed clutch gearbox) but honestly, it's the chroma that captures the eye. According to Acura, each NSX is painstakingly painted and hand-finished with Andaro paint, a crazy-deep product that gives the car's color a kind "layered depth". Oh, and Acura boasts that the entire paint process occurs in-house over the course of more than 20 hours per car. So while other colors include Nouvelle Blue (a kind of Crayola, cornflower blue) and Valencia Red Pearl (pretty sure I used to wear a lipstick in a similar shade), Thermal Orange Pearl is a standout gem -- a kind of futuristic phenom.

The Acura NSX retails for a savings-account-depleting $159,300 (plus an extra $700 for an orange exterior). Still, not a bad price for a car that's hand-bulit in the USA.

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Sunshine Orange

Sturdy, dependable and more safe than slick, the Crosstrek beams when awash in Sunshine Orange. Just like anything that gets a burst of sun after a too-long winter, the Crosstrek feels bright and new. Its standout features make it a Subaru staple -- roomy interior, EyeSight blind spot monitoring system, automatic emergency braking and good fuel economy (23 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpgs on the highway). I don't see a ton of Crosstrek's in orange, which makes it a fun, unexpected choice for such a staid, solid vehicle. Think of it as an automotive vitamin D when the temperatures drop. Truthfully, we could all use a little more light in our lives.

The starting price for the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is $22,870.

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2019 Honda Fit in Orange Fury

Small? Definitely. Just a tad o' attitude? Of course. That's what I love about a car painted in a color that screams confidence. What makes Orange Fury work on a sweet little ride like the Fit is that it makes you do a double-take. You imagine Fit drivers to opt for safe choices like Lunar Silver Metallic or Aegean Blue Metallic, but this fearless, confident hue just works (I also love this car in Helios Yellow Pearl, for those same outta-the-box reasons). And even though I adore the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid I'm test-driving, I have a big crush on small cars.

The Fit works because it acts like a big but little minivan -- it features a 60/40-split second-row Magic Seat with four different configurations to haul everything from family members to football gear. It also has Honda Sensing available -- a safety suite of offerings such as Collision Mitigation Braking System, lane assist, road departure warnings and lane-keeping assist. Safe and compact = LOVE. Add in a little fury, and you're good to go.

The Honda Fit is very affordable. We like the Sport version for a little more than $18,000.

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Orange you glad we're talking cars and not candy? Thought so. Happy Halloween!

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