Scaring up some Halloween spirit when shopping for your next vehicle

Shopping for a car or truck – new or used – can be a scary experience.

So much research to do. So much to consider. So much everything. Price, features, colors, accessories.

Particularly if you don’t want to end up with an orange-and-black Halloween special.

Photo: miamilakes automall.com Kia Soul shows its Halloween spirit.
Photo: miamilakes automall.com
Kia Soul shows its Halloween spirit.

But, color aside, if you really want to get into the holiday spirit, some vehicle names jump right out.

Among the hundreds of models represented at TrueCar.com research-and-shopping website, we found more than three dozen from 18 brands that seemed to conjure the best costume images.

And what better place to start our Halloween list than the luxury Acura MDX. Doctor X. Scary, right? How great would it be to take the family or friends trick-or-treating in that?

Then there are supernatural-sounding names such as the Kia Soul and Spectra for bargain hunters and the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Phantom and Wraith for well-heeled Halloweeners that are so in keeping with the holiday that you may not even need a costume when making the rounds.

Photo: diseno-art.com The supernatural Rolls-Royce Wraith.
Photo: diseno-art.com
The supernatural Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Here is the rest of our list, broken down by category, some of which are available only as used vehicles:

Creepy crawlers

Dodge Viper, Ford Cobra Mustang and Toyota MR2 Spyder, Volkswagen Beetle

Superheroes

Chevrolet Blazer, Dodge Avenger and Nissan Titan

Outlawry

Ford Escape, Hyundai Veloster, Jeep Renegade, MINI Cooper Clubman, Mitsubishi Raider and Outlander, Nissan Rogue and Ram Rebel

Photo: pilsonchryslerdodgejeep.com Where else would you categorize the Jeep Renegade?
Photo: pilsonchryslerdodgejeep.com
Where else would you categorize the Jeep Renegade?

Mad science

Chevrolet Volt and Spark, Ford Fusion and Honda Element

Weaponry

Chrysler Crossfire and Dodge Magnum and Caliber

Pointed things

Chevrolet Stingray, Dodge Dart and Bentley Flying Spur

Sharp things

Buick LeSabre, Ford Edge and Mitsubishi Lancer

Other worldly

Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats, Nissan Xterra, Maserati Ghibli, Toyota Matrix and Volkswagen Tiguan

Beyond category

BMW X-series, because we figure anything with X in the name is scary.

And, in case of a Halloween car-shopping or costume emergency, you can always dial up a Porsche 911, engine growling and as speedy as the wind. Although that also would make it obvious that driving around the neighborhood is not the treat you have in mind.

Photo: carscoops.com In case of emergency, dial up a Porsche 911.
Photo: carscoops.com
In case of emergency, dial up a Porsche 911.

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