Best Colors for Tesla Model 3: Which One Should You Get?

By Zac Ludicrous •  Updated: 04/02/22 •  12 min read

Buying a Tesla for the first time is always an exciting experience. You are about to join a special group of people who own this unique car!

Now that you have your eyes set on the Model 3, one of the crucial parts of the buying decision is choosing the best color. The hue you choose can make a huge difference.

Bear in mind that the car exterior color alone does not make the totality of its appearance. There are other small details to consider like the interior color, caliper color, linings, and other small accessories that make up the total beauty of the car.

In this article, I am going to give you all the information you need in choosing the best color for Tesla Model 3 so you can finally take home that beautiful car!

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing the Color of Your Model 3

Aside from personal taste, there are several important factors to consider when choosing the best color for your Model 3. So before making a decision, you might want to consider these first:

1. Maintenance

Maintaining the surface of your car can be quite difficult and costly. Dark colors like black, blue, and green require more care than white and pearl shades. This is because a simple scratch or dent can be very visible in dark colors. 

Normally, white automotive paint colors are less expensive because they don’t require many additives. 

Pearl White, which is the cheapest Model 3 color, is the least expensive to maintain, while the Red Multi-Coat is the most expensive one. 

That said, if you don’t want to spend more dollars on repair, you should consider maintenance as a big factor when choosing your Model 3 color.

2. Costs

As of this writing, the Tesla Model 3 is available in five different colors at different prices (I’ll discuss each color in detail in a separate section below):

See all five Tesla Model 3 colors in the following video by Rino Saint:

Skip to 0:28 to get straight to the walk-through!

Given the extra costs for each color, except for Pearl White, you should know your budget first before making a decision.

3. Resale Value

Because different colors have different prices, it is obvious that when you opt to sell your car in the future, the color price is carried over. 

The color has a big impact on the resale value of your car even after four to five years, especially if your car has been maintained properly and the exterior is still in pristine condition.

According to Iseecars.com, used blue Teslas attract 1.9% of the deals compared to just -11.2% of reds regardless of the models. Thus, it is safe to say that the Blue Metallic has the highest resale value due to its far higher demand compared to the black (-0.6%), white (-6.2%), silver (-6.2%), and red (-11.2%). People may love red vehicles and are willing to pay a premium, but they don’t want a used red car. 

4. Heat Factor

Studies suggest that darker colors absorb more heat and light than brighter and lighter colors. These studies were done specifically for clothing, but they are also applicable in cars since they are exposed to different weather conditions.

Dark colors absorb more heat, so dark-colored cars are hotter, while lighter colors deflect heat. If you want your car to be cooler, choose light colors.

Available Color Choices for Tesla Model 3

As I mentioned above, there are currently five available color options for the Tesla Model 3, and I’m going to give you more details of each in this section.

Pearl White Multi-Coat

One of the Model 3 colors that won’t require you to pay extra is Pearl White Multi-Coat. A classy color, it is easily the most popular Model 3 color according to multiple sources

Aside from being a classy, no-cost option, what makes it popular is the fact that it is easy to maintain and hides scratches.

Lighter colors are best to hide imperfections compared with darker ones where they are easily visible.

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Pearl White Tesla Model 3. Credit to mauswerkz.

Pros

✅ Good and clean looking

✅ Never goes out of fashion

✅ Practical

✅ Easy to spot at night

Cons

❌ Get dirty easily and requires regular wash

❌ Overpopular

❌ Low resale value

Midnight Silver Metallic

Midnight Silver Metallic is also a very popular choice among Model 3 owners because of its chrome-like hue. Although it is not really chrome, its brilliant shine and reflective qualities are a delight to the human eye. 

Despite falling from higher popularity in recent years, a Midnight Silver Model 3 is easy to maintain and can hide dust, small dents, and tiny scratches. 

Silver portrays sophistication and a distinguished image. People who drive silver cars are often considered cool.

Midnight Silver comes at no additional cost like Pearl White, and the ease in maintenance and cleaning is something you should consider. Still, when compared with white, silver is not as easy to keep at its best.

“Silver is my favorite Model 3 color. My car looks larger and shows off the lines well and blends the silver trim. It is easy to take care of. For me, this is perfect for Model 3 but I would pick white for Model S.”

Felipe Buccianti
Midnight Silver Metallic Model 3. Credit to Seth’s Tes.

Pros

✅ Easy to maintain

✅ Shows least dirt

✅ Easy to spot at night

Cons

❌ Very common and overly popular

❌ Low resale value

Solid Black

The color black is always associated with luxury, elegance, and sophistication. It also means power, suggesting that those behind the wheels are powerful people. 

The president of the United States, senators, congressmen, Secret Service, FBI, and even local politicians use black vehicles.

The Solid Black Model 3 is glossy, but not metallic, and the additional $1,500 is something that you might consider. 

Plus, black is the hardest color to maintain. 

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Solid Black Model 3. Credit to Dealership.com.

Pros

✅ Hides dust

✅ Invisible rusting

✅ Warm

✅ Forever fashion

Cons

❌ Not easily visible at night

❌ Gets hot faster

❌ Fades easily

Deep Blue Metallic

Blue is seen as calm and cool but expresses strength, trust, and wisdom like the deep sea. Considered as boys’ favorite color, drivers of blue cars are always confident and seldom enter into conflicts with other road users.

Personally, the Deep Blue Metallic is my favorite Model 3 color. Although it needs more care compared with Pearl White Multi-Coat and Midnight Silver Metallic, it always looks new when properly maintained and is far cheaper than the Red Multi-Coat.

Another interesting piece of data is that cars in blue are less likely to be stolen. Per CCC Information Services, the top five most-often stolen vehicle colors are (in order) silver, white, black, gold, and green.

“I have a 2021 Model 3 white and honestly I feel like I should’ve gotten the blue. The blue is extremely glossy/reflective (and is the most reflective of all M3 colors) which makes it look really awesome in good light and when it’s washed.”

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Deep Metallic Blue Model 3. Credit to T Sportline.

Pros

✅ Can’t get dirt easily

✅ Hides small dents and scratches

✅ Less likely to be stolen

✅ Highest resale value

Cons

❌ Holds more heat than white and silver

Red Multicoat

Regardless of the car’s brand and model, the color red is always the most expensive car color, and the Tesla Model 3 is no different. 

So if you want a Red Multi-Coat Model 3, make sure to have an extra $2,000 to spend. It’s $1,000 more expensive than Deep Blue Metallic.

One of the obvious reasons why the Red Multi-Coat is expensive is because of its minority compared with white, black, and silver. For this reason, it becomes a head turner as it is easy to spot on the road.

Red is a strong and noticeable color that is also associated with passion. Red Model 3 owners are said to love attention and are mostly ambitious. 

Most people are willing to pay an extra $2,000 for a Red Multi-Coat Model 3 because they know the value of the color. Of all Tesla colors, it has the lowest depreciation over three years. 

The cost is also justifiable because of its unparalleled looks, head-turning appearance, and high resale value.

The Red Multicoat has a 3-year depreciation of 36.9% while the Deep Blue Metallic sits next to at 37% with a 0.1% difference. Although the former depreciates slower, it does not have the highest resale value. 

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Red Multi-Coat Model 3. Credit to Luxman.

Pros

✅ Attention grabber and can be spotted easily from far away

✅ Easy to spot in a crowded parking lot

Cons

❌ Expensive initial cost

❌ Hard and expensive to maintain

Other Model 3 Colors (20172018): Silver Metallic and Obsidian Black Metallic

Since these colors were discontinued in 2018, they are now only available in used Model 3 in limited numbers, and possibly, many of these cars, being four years old, may not be in good condition anymore. 

So if you want to buy a secondhand Tesla Model 3 in Silver Metallic or Obsidian Black Metallic, decide based on the actual car’s appearance and paint condition.

Best Tesla Model 3 Interior Colors

Since the Model 3 was first released in 2017, Tesla has offered only two interior colors for the electric sedan: all black and black and white, with the latter having white seats and door sidings with black linings.

The white interior really looks stunning and is the favorite of most Model 3 owners. It is cool to the eye and clean and doesn’t absorb so much heat. 

The all-black interior, however, is mostly chosen by those who want a white or silver exterior and those who have pets and children.

Choosing all black or black and white depends on your liking, needs, and situation. For example, people who have kids always choose black because it can hide dirt, scratches, and stains, while people who are good at cleaning and are always alone inside their Model 3 choose white.

The interior color has to do with the car’s exterior color as well, and I found out that most owners of blue and red Model 3s choose white to get the red/white and blue/white combinations.

To make it easier for you, here’s a list of when to choose a white or black interior.

Choose White:

Here’s a white interior looks like:

It look so clean!

Choose Black:

“I just found that color really affects heat and I noticed that black interiors are just terrible under the sun.”

Levelheadsteve

Best Tesla Model 3 Color Combinations

The exterior and interior colors of your car should complement each other; otherwise, you’ll end up getting something you might regret later. 

Here are the best color combinations as suggested by Model 3 owners:

  1. Pearl White Multi-Coat Model 3 with Black and White Interior
  2. Deep Blue Metallic Model 3 with Black and White Interior
  3. Red Multi-Coat Model 3 with Black and White Interior
  4. Solid Black Model 3 with All-Black Interior
  5. Pearl White Multi-Coat Model 3 with All-Black Interior
  6. Midnight Silver Metallic Model 3 with All-Black Interior
Deep Blue Metallic Model 3 with Black and White Interior. Credit to Mdoss.

What If Tesla Does Not Offer Your Favorite Color?

If your favorite color is outside the color options offered by Tesla, don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. 

For a little over $1,000, you can have your Model 3 wrapped with the vinyl of your favorite color.

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An orange-wrapped Tesla Model 3. Image credit Gaadiwaadi.com.

Tesla launched its own car wrapping service in China in 2020, and hopefully, more service centers would launch the service soon. Meanwhile, you can check out our guide on Tesla Model 3 Car Wraps to find reputable car wrap installers in the United States and Canada.

Although car vinyl might not look like a top-quality paint job, it can be pretty close and offers a large number of color choices. 

It’s worth noting though that wrapping is not cheap, so if you plan to have a car wrap after buying, don’t pay extra for the color. Just pick the Pearl White Multi-Coat for no extra cost with your chosen interior color and have it wrapped. 

Upcoming Tesla Model 3 Colors

Before the end of 2021, Tesla’s new car paint colors were revealed in its mobile app update. 

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk also said in one of his tweets that the company will have the “world’s most advanced paint shop in Germany with more layers of stunning colors.”

According to the report, the new colors are:

The only question now is when these colors will be available and on which Tesla models.

Final Thoughts: Best Colors for Tesla Model 3

Considering all of the above, I would say the best exterior color overall among the currently available Model 3 colors is the Pearl White Multi-Coat. 

Not only is this color the most popular on the streets today, but also it comes at no additional cost, is easy to maintain, hides scratches, and doesn’t absorb too much heat compared with darker colors.

A Pearl White Multi-Coat exterior with black and white interior is the perfect combination for a Model 3.

With this guide, I hope I was able to make your buying decision a bit easier and helped you pick the best Model 3 color for your needs.

If you find this article helpful or if you have any questions, feel free to comment down below and let us know your thoughts.

Zac Ludicrous

Mechanical engineer by profession. TSLA shareholder before the hype. EV enthusiast all day long. Zac enjoys learning about the future of battery technology, autonomy, and EVs. He considers Tesla Model 3 the most important vehicle of the 21st century -- and is in a quest to improve the ownership experience of every Model 3 owner he possibly can.

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