Six Best Car Colors for 2016

October 22nd, 2015 by

Car Colors

Color trends subtly change every year. Want a look that will get the most head turns? Or do you just want to be sure your ride isn’t too out of style years later when it’s time to sell? Think ahead and consider these six trending colors and whether they match your style.

We’ll start with the most popular color and go down from there.

1. Silver

It’s hard to go wrong with silver or techno-gray variants. Robert S. Daily, color-marketing manager of DuPont Automotive, said silver draws upon our natural fascination with advanced technology, imitating the look of high-end laptops. But while silver is firmly in first place as the most popular color for cars, it’s only second place for larger vehicles.

2. White

Even if it shows dirt more than other colors, white looks great in direct sunlight. As the dominant color of light trucks, SUVs, and minivans, and being a highly popular color in general, white can be made a little more exciting with silver or metal variants. A 2016 Chevy Equinox has the “Summit White” option, which combines purity with a touch of gray.

3. Black

Intense and slimming, black beats white for second place for convertibles and coupes, reaching third place for light trucks, SUVs, and minivans. It is a close fourth place with sedans, hatchbacks, and station wagons.

Just beware of black luxury vehicles. While once a staple for their deep, intense look, they are now at a record low in popularity.

4. Light Brown

Brown is an abundant color in nature, reminiscent of wood. Sedans, hatchbacks, and station wagons pull off brown well, and light brown is nearly tied with white for second place among this category. Light brown also consistently beats red for light trucks, SUVs, and minivans. Light brown for convertibles, coupes, or luxury vehicles are fairly uncommon.

5. Dark Blue

Black isn’t the greatest choice for future resale of a luxury car. Fortunately, we have dark blue, which gives off impressions of nature and peace. Dark blue is fourth after silver, white metallic, and white. The 2016 BMW X3 offers “Deep Sea Metallic Blue” exteriors, and the 2016 Ferrari 488GTB offers an impressive spectrum of blue, black, and silver mixes to catch the appeal of multiple colors.

6. Medium Red

The opposite of the calming dark blue, red is the color of passion and intensity. For light trucks, SUVs, and minivans, medium red isn’t far below dark blue in popularity (although light brown is a little more common). For convertibles and coupes, bright red is slightly better than medium, but both are in the middle of the popularity list, above other hues like green or gold.

Personal taste matters when buying a vehicle, but even so, choosing an unfashionable color can easily cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars when it’s time to trade for something new. No color is inherently better, but these trends can help you save money in the long run. Plus, the diverse color options among some 2016 models means you can choose whatever hue you want, with a tint of that always popular silver, white, or black.

Notice any interesting color offerings on the 2016 models? Let us know in the comments!

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