Next time you head out to the grocery store, take a second and examine the parking lot. Chances are, you’ll see a collection of white, black, and silver cars — and not much else. Those three colors have been top sellers for an eternity, but in our humble opinion, some of the coolest car colors available right now fall far outside that relatively reserved spectrum.
Now, we’ll admit that the choices below are bold, and might not be to everyone’s taste. That said? If you pick one of these hues, you’ll never have a hard time finding your car. So check out our list, and when you’re shopping at your local AutoNation dealer, make sure to check out the full range of exterior options for any model you’re considering.
You might be surprised at what calls out to you!
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray — Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat
There’s a famous book about the history of the Corvette program called All Corvettes Are Red, and we think America’s Sports Car looks just fine in red. But it’s worth noting that the Chevrolet’s factory race cars — like the ones which took the checkered flag at Daytona and Les Mans — are painted yellow.
Dodge Challenger — Green Go
With cars like the Hellcat and the Demon, Dodge has embraced modern muscle like no manufacturer, and its love for colors as bold as its cars is nothing new. Back in the 1960s and 70s, wild colors like Panther Pink and Plum Crazy were on the menu, and today, the options are still plenty bold. Green Go is one of our favorites.
FIAT 500 — Latte Menta
Its general proportions ensure that the FIAT 500 will look cute as a button regardless of what color it’s painted. But we think it looks particularly adorable in the Italian company’s Latte Menta. It reminds us of the pistachio flavor we’re magnetically drawn to at our favorite gelato shops, and love the tasty splash of color it adds to a line of traffic.
Ford Mustang — Grabber Blue
There’s no shortage of great colors available for Ford’s iconic Mustang, but Grabber Blue is unquestionably one of our favorites. While it’s not a color which might immediately jump to mind when you think “tough,” we think it sets off the coupe’s athletic build beautifully, and like many of the hues on this list, pictures don’t do it justice.
Honda Civic — Energy Green Pearl
While it’s always been known for providing affordable, practical, and reliable transportation, enthusiasts know Honda’s Civic has also been fun to drive as well — particularly when equipped with a stick shift. Energy Green Pearl fits the car’s split personality perfectly, and is vibrant enough that it’s practically visible from space.
Jaguar XJR575 — Satin Corris Grey
One thing we’d really like see manufacturers embrace? Matte and satin finishes. Because while some folks might say the treatment makes cars look like they’ve been painted with a rattle can, when it’s done well, we think it’s striking. Wearing Satin Corris Grey, the Jaguar XJR575 looks like it might have escaped from a stealth technology lab.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited — Xtreme Purple Pearl Coat
We don’t think we’ve ever seen a Jeep sporting Xtreme Purple Pearl Coat in the wild, or even at a crazy car show like SEMA. So if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd while you tear up the trails, you should consider this killer color. We think the candy store grape makes the Wrangler Unlimited look even burlier — like it doesn’t have a thing to prove.
Lexus GS F — Ultrasonic Blue Mica
We had a blast during our time behind the wheel of the Lexus GS F, and if we were going to park one of these sporty sedans in our garage, it would unquestionably be Ultrasonic Blue Mica. Sunlight makes the paint sparkle like it’s running off an electric current, and in person, the finish looks positively bottomless.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S — Miami Blue
Our Porsche fanatic friends sometimes refer to this color as resale blue, because the relative rarity means these models generally command a higher price on the used market. That’s all well and good, but if we had a 911 Carrera S painted in Miami Blue, you’d have to pry it from our cold dead hands.
Volkswagen Beetle — Dark Bronze Metallic
Believe it or not, there was a time — think the 1970s and 80s — when brown cars weren’t super rare. But today? They’re few and far between.We think this Volkswagen’s Dark Bronze Metallic is a gorgeous chocolate color, and fits the funky spirit of the Beetle well. Everyone drives a candy-colored version of the little VW, so why not be different?