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What Your Car Color Says About You

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Learn what your varnish is telling the world.

Ever wonder what your car color says about you—or maybe that strange androgynous driver behind the wheel of that leopard print Audi R8? (Oh wait, that’s just Justin Bieber.) It’s more likely that you chose your current model in the color it boldly bears because you like that color, because you’ve heard rumors about certain cars getting ticketed more frequently (the reds and yellows), because you hate washing your car (you lazy couch potato), or because it was just the only color available. But, for the sake of having a little fun, read on to discover what your car color says about you, according to “color experts.”


2013 Dodge Viper SRT

2013 Dodge Viper SRT

Red cars are often attributed to people who live life on the edge. Red car drivers are fiery, energetic, and dynamic. And, according to the color consultants, red car drivers are much more inclined to do some tinkering “under the hood” on a whim.


2013 Hyundai Accent

2013 Hyundai Accent

It’s not easy being green—mostly because it could mean you have a split personality. Drivers of dark green cars are said to be traditional and trustworthy while drivers of bright green cars are more lively and flighty.


2013 Acura RDX

2013 Acura RDX in black.

One of the more popular choices (about one in five American drivers will opt for a black car), black cars tend to signify that drivers are elegant and sophisticated. Although the cast of Jersey Shore cruised around Seaside Heights in a black Escalade, so that can’t be one hundred percent accurate.


2013 Hyundai Veloster

2013 Hyundai Veloster in orange.

Orange cars tend to belong to fun-loving chatterboxes who just want to make the world a better place. Also known as hippies.



2013 Smart Pure Coupe

2013 Smart Pure Coupe in light blue.

2013 Ford Ranger

2013 Ford Ranger in dark blue.

Different shades of blue can signify two completely opposite things, much like shades of green. (To all you hopefuls, please note that we will not ever, on pain of death, discuss any of the shades of grey, or why there are so darned many of them.) On one end of the spectrum are light blue car drivers, who are quiet, calm, and reflective. They probably also think it’s acceptable to wear yoga pants outside the house. (It is not.) On the other hand, dark blue car drivers are confident and outspoken, often claiming to be authorities on subjects upon which they may not actually be authorities. (I have a feeling car color experts only buy dark blue cars…)


Usain Bolt and his golden Nissan GT-R

Usain Bolt and his golden Nissan GT-R

Gold cars are said to denote intelligence and warmth. It’s often a color used by wealthier people, or family-oriented drivers.


2012 Volvo XC60

2012 Volvo XC60 in brown.

The experts say that driving a brown car means you’re down-to-earth and powerful. I think it just means you have a crappy choice in car color. Pun so intended.


2012 Chrysler Town and Country

The 2012 Chrysler Town and Country in silver.

Silver signifies a forward-thinker, perhaps a driver focused on technology. Drivers of silver vehicles see themselves as prestigious and elegant—but most other drivers just see them as pretentious.


2012 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Some color consultants argue that drivers of yellow cars are typically always wearing a smile and have a good sense of humor. Other experts assert, however, that they are attention-seekers with a desperate urge to be noticed behind the wheel.



2012 Toyota Venza

2012 Toyota Venza in white.

White is hands down the most common car color chosen in America (just slightly above black). White car drivers are often portrayed as neat-freaks, evidenced by the fact that they must compulsively wash their cars to keep that dirt and bird poop from showing. They are also characterized as pristine and direct, as well as fastidious.

There you have it. Now you know exactly what your car color says about you. So now tell me: is this a total load of bull, or is there something to this analysis? Dissent away in the comments below.

  • Timothy MooreManaging Editor

    Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.