When you gaze across a crowded parking lot, do things seem a little bland? It's easy to understand when you realize that the most popular car colors on new cars sold are not colors at all.
With over 80 percent of cars rolling out of the factory in black, white, or some interpretation of gray, most cars are simply shades. Other neutral color options like beige or tan take much of the remaining market share.
That being said, it is important to give automakers their due when they offer consumers legitimate colors, especially crazy ones. We have curated a list of the ten brightest, boldest, and best car colors available for 2022.
We would encourage you to take a chance on something exciting when making the color choice for your next vehicle purchase. In a sea of black cars, grayscale cars, or white cars, a little more color makes traffic less boring for all of us.
1. Acura: Tiger Eye Pearl
Might as well jump in with one of the most exciting colors for 2022. Onlookers viewing the new TLX Type S dressed in Tiger Eye Pearl paint may struggle to come to a consensus on what color the car actually is. The paint appears gold, yellow, orange, and maybe even green in different lights.
The paint gets its name from the Tiger Eye gemstone, which is described as golden to red-brown, and the paint captures the coloring nearly perfectly.
The stone on which the color is based is said to have protective properties as well, so maybe properly painted TLXs will face fewer door dings and stray shopping carts while they brighten up those bland parking lots. This is one of the more interesting and unique colors to roll off of any dealer lot in years.
2. Kia: Ascot Green
Green may not seem like a bold choice, but green is one of the least popular colors for new cars, with around one percent of cars coming in any shade of green.
Ascot green is especially nice, as it adds a luxurious and unusual option to the brand's excellent Stinger sports sedan. The metallic color can have somewhat of a blueish appearance in bright light, but in most circumstances, it is true dark green.
The color is grown up without being boring and would look at home on supercars like Lamborghini or luxury cars from Audi. Around one percent of new cars sold are optioned with green paint, making it much rarer than any red or blue.
A superstition linking green cars and bad luck may be partially to blame for their rarity. A 1911 auto racing crash that killed 11 spectators has been linked to the belief, but green has been considered an inauspicious color in Europe and the United States for decades prior to the incident.
3. Audi: Kyalami Green
Where Kias's Ascot green speaks in a dignified tone, Audi's Kyalami Green screams. Audi has wisely selected the color to showcase the upcoming 2022 RS3.
It makes the clear statement that this is no regular Audi. It's a color not to be expected on an Audi, and more of something you might see on a modified tuner car. That said, it looks fantastic, is a bold choice, and certainly catches the eye.
Audi has a history of offering wild colors for special cars, and Kyalami green certainly captures that aesthetic. Audi is clearly not afraid of any curse associated with green cars.
4. Jeep: Tuscadero Pink
In recent years Jeep has been no stranger to wild colors, but in 2021 they dropped one of the wildest hues on the market.
When Jeep unveiled the Tuscadero Pink there were many jokes made about the resemblance to Power Wheels Barbie-themed children's Jeeps of the 1990s, but it was such a strong selling color the brand extended its run into 2022.
Orders for 2022 model year Wranglers in Tuscadero Pink were closed at the end of 2021, but if you search, you may be able to find a 2022 on dealer lots.
If pink isn't your color, Jeep offers some other great options for the Wrangler: check out Hydro Blue, Snazzberry, or Sage Green.
5. Porsche: Frozen Berry Metallic
Porsche has a different take on pink, with their Frozen Berry Metallic color for the Taycan electric vehicle. This paint job costs an extra $800 over the base color options of black or white and is well worth it.
A shade of pink Frozen Berry Metallic is understated and classy, but definitely stands out. Yes, the color is available on the Taycan Cross Turismo wagon as well, and that would be our choice.
Porsche has a history with pink offering a shade called Coral on the 911 and 928 sports cars in 1989 and 1990.
Of course, Porsche will also paint your car any color you want through their Paint to Sample program, so you are not limited to any particular pallet.
6. Ferrari: Giallo Modena
For a brand famous for its red car paint colors, we will take ours in yellow. This bright color takes Ferrari's flashy cars and pushes things to the extreme.
Available across much of the brand's lineup, Giallo Modena is a true yellow that does not hide behind any metallic color-changing tricks. It captures the eye in any light. You can get a classic like Rosso Corsa red, but Giallo Modena will guarantee you stand out from the crowd if just being in a Ferrari is not enough.
Giallo Modena is the color to choose if you want a Ferrari that stands out from the crowd, that stays within the heart of the brand. More yellow cars, enough said.
7. Ford: Cyber Orange Tri-Coat
This multi-stage paint job brings a depth of color that is difficult to achieve in a normal two-coat system. The best thing though is that it is not reserved for the Mustang muscle car, it is available on the new Bronco as well as Ford's smallest pickup truck the Maverick.
Trucks deserve great vehicle color options as well. Cyber Orange looks great on the Bronco or Maverick and may just be the most exciting color in Ford's current lineup.
There is an extra cost to get this great color, adding an extra $495 to $595 dollars depending on model and trim.
Ford also added Eruption Green to the full-size Bronco's pallet for 2022, for those of you who are anti-orange, and it is available at no additional cost.
8. Toyota: Lime Rush and Electric Lime Metallic
Toyota has been releasing a new color each year for its TRD Pro models, making it available to more trim levels the following year.
For 2022, Toyota offered different exclusive colors for each model. The colors for the TRD Pro Tacoma and 4Runner are similar in hue but like nothing else across the company's lineup. Toyota calls the Tacoma color Electric Lime Metallic and the 4Runner's Lime Rush.
They are both excellent, and certainly not boring. We feel that lime is a suitable name, in that they do to the eye what a lime does to the tongue.
Toyota must have decided (wisely) that a little lime goes a long way; the larger Sequoia SUV and Tundra truck are not available in either shade.
9. Dodge: Hellraisin Purple
The Dodge Challenger and Charger have offered an array of crazy colors for almost their entire modern run, and many of those come from their vaunted past.
This year's best color for the Challenger is Hellraisin Purple (Hell Raisin, get it?). The best thing about the color is its subtlety, it doesn't scream at you like the Plum Crazy Purple of the past. This is a deep purple, something a little more regal and grownup.
Slap a color like that on a widebody Challenger Hellcat with 717 horsepower, and you have a truly special combination of class and madness.
Hopefully, Hellraisin is a popular seller and we see more purple cars in the near future.
10. Chevrolet: Mystic Blue
Chevy's subcompact Spark may be one of the least expensive options with truly fun colors. A base model Spark dressed in Mystic Blue rings up at an MSRP of just under $20,000.
While the car and color may not be as exciting as Electric Blue found on the Cadillac Blackwing sedans or Rapid Blue from the Corvette, it offers something fun and different at a very affordable price. The slightly aqua or teal tone also suits the car's styling and size better than the racy colors from the Spark's supercar cousins.
Other premium colors available include Cayenne Orange and Nitro Yellow, we would suggest anything but black, white, gray, or beige. The tiny Spark looks best in a fun color.
Bonus Pick: Hyundai Shooting Star
For those who absolutely must have a gray car, maybe do something fun with texture. Hyundai's Shooting Star is a matte gray and it looks particularly good on the brand's new Ioniq 5 all-electric car.
The matte finish really compliments the car's retro-futuristic design. The contrast between the matte paint and the 8-bit look of the car's LED lighting lets you know the car is special, even if it is just another gray paint job.
For those who truly cannot choose a car that is a color, there are still exciting options out there. Beware though, matte paints are notoriously hard to care for.
Here are a few final car color facts to help you avoid picking a boring color for your next new or used car. Though color does affect resale value, it is much less important than other factors like optional equipment, mileage, maintenance history, or overall condition.
The best thing you can do to lower the depreciation of your vehicle is to take good care of it, not choose a bland color. A little over one-third of new car buyers choose white, that is reason enough to avoid it.
Black cars are the hardest to keep clean, prone to water spots, and hotter in the sun (though these are problems for any dark colors). So if you want to take fewer trips to the car wash pick something light or bright.
Colors aren't just for coupes, convertibles, and sportscars; if you're buying a new minivan you can still pick the wildest available color. Hopefully, this article inspires some of you considering a new vehicle purchase to step outside of the grayscale and neutral colors, and on to something a little more fun.
Sticking to neutral colors like white, black, gray, and silver are your safest bets. But if you feel inclined to expand your palette, remember that bright yellow, orange, or purple vehicles could put you at a disadvantage when selling or trading in your vehicle.What car colors get hit the most? ›
Red Cars. Since visibility seems to be the driving factor when discussing car color and accident risk, you may think that red is a safe choice. While red does tend to be associated with less of a risk of accidents than black, grey, and silver cars, red cars have more accidents than many other colors.What color car is most visible? ›
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At night, white is the most visible, but the study also noted that a lime-yellow stands out better against cloudy skies and snowy backdrops than white does.
Let's take a look and what we've found. When it comes down to brass tacks, the vehicle color that gets pulled over more regularly than any other is white. Red actually comes in second place, with gray and silver taking the third and fourth spots atop the list, respectively.What color car holds value best? ›
According to the iSeeCars report, yellow is the most valuable colors among convertibles and SUVs, while orange does it for coupes, beige is best for pickup trucks, and purple, being among the rarest of colors in any segment, boosts the value of sedans the most.What color car stays cleanest? ›
What Is The Best Car Color To Keep Clean? Beige, light blue, light gray, and silver are the best car color choices for those who want to keep their vehicles clean. In addition, white paint can hide dust and debris well. But, dirt that accumulates can be tough to hide on a white car.What color car gets the least tickets? ›
White vehicles actually get stopped most often, statistically. Red comes in second place, with gray and silver occupying third and fourth place, respectively.Which Colour car is less prone to accident? ›
As mentioned above, white is considered the safest colour choice for cars. White coloured car is highly visible in the different driving conditions, night time or day time, city or highway.What color car gets stolen the most? ›
Surprisingly, green cars are the most popular among car thieves according to recent research by Monash University Accident Research Centre. While white may be the most common car colour - they're stolen at a rate of 2.65/1000 registered vehicles.What color car is easiest to maintain? ›
Most variations of gray or silver are the lowest maintenance colors, followed by whites and other lighter-shade hues. Gray and silver colors don't show dirt, swirl marks, or scratches.
The study also found women are 11.2 percent more likely to prefer gold-colored cars than men. After gold, women prefer silver (7.1 percent more than men) followed by beige (5.6 percent more than men).What is the least popular color for a car? ›
According to car color statistics, the least popular car colors include gold, yellow, and purple. This probably isn't much of a surprise, as these bright and dramatic colors are some of the least common car colors, you'll see in parking lots and on roads.