Last Updated on July 31, 2023 by Victor A
When it comes to color offerings, Tesla is known for not providing a lot of options. This has its advantages like getting fewer headaches when speccing a car, but there are also some disadvantages like feeling restricted. Even though Tesla’s offering is limited, it can still be difficult to decide which color looks the best on a Tesla Model Y, that’s why we wrote this article.
Currently, the Tesla Model Y is available in the following seven colors:
- Pearl White Multi-Coat
- Solid Black
- Midnight Silver Metallic
- Deep Blue Metallic
- Red Multi-Coat
- Midnight Cherry Red
As you see, those are colors presented by most automakers. The thing is, most premium manufacturers offer different shades of some colors, or some special color that’s only available for some models. One color that could look very interesting in Tesla cars would be dark green, as it’s usually used on sleek, elegant cars, and for instance, that would fit well in the Model S.
Color options and its prices
For the 2023 Tesla Model Y Long Range, the Midnight Silver Metallic color comes as standard, while the black color is priced at $1,500 in the US and 1,200€ in Europe, then there is the blue color which has a $1,000 price tag in the US, and 1,600€ in Europe.
With the construction of the gigafactory in Berlin, Tesla has started offering two new colors for Europe and the Middle east. These two new metallic colors are Quicksilver and Midnight Cherry Red, which get an important price increase over the colors they replace, this new silver costs 3,000€ while the new red will set you back at 2,600€.
In the US, Tesla continues to offer the Pearl White Multi-Coat color for $1,000 and the Red Multi-Coat color for $2,000. Tesla hasn’t announced any plans to offer the new colors in the US soon.
In Europe, Tesla offers the Model Y in Pearl White Multi-Coat as standard.
Tesla’s red color looks great on all its cars. Yes, on some of them it looks better than in the others, like the Model 3 which looks way better in red than the Model X. But the extra price they charge is justified, as it does look special, since it’s the usual red color you find in most cars.
Wheels matter in the Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is available in two versions, Long Range and Performance. The Long Range offers two types of wheels, the standard silver with gray accents 19’’ Gemini Wheels, and the dark-gray 20’’ Induction Wheels, while the Performance version is stuck with the better-looking 21’’ Überturbine Wheels.
Wheels are important when choosing the color of a car, as they can combine and complement its looks. For example, when choosing the Red Multi-Coat, it’s better to avoid the 19’’ Gemini Wheels of the Long Range version, since there is too much contrast between the shiny red color and the silver rims, this can distract a viewer from the design, and make it look too busy.
If you are thinking about a Model Y in red, consider the 20’’ Induction Wheels or the 21’’ Überturbine Wheels. As they are painted in a dark gray which combines great with the red color.
Then, there are some exceptions, like the standard Pearl White Multi-Coat, which manages to look good with every wheel available for the Model Y.
The interior color is not that important
Tesla offers two interior colors, All Black as standard, and Black and White for $1,000 (1,200€ in Europe). As you see, these colors are easy to combine and they don’t require much thinking.
The good thing about having such limited choices in interior colors is that you can’t go wrong here, just be mindful that the White and Black color option will require you to be more careful and it could wear faster than the standard All Black.
What’s the best color for the Tesla Model Y?
Based on all of the above points, in our opinion the Model Y looks the best on Red Multi-Coat with any of the dark gray wheels, while a black interior color will be more suitable to complement the black accents found in the outside of the car. However, the white interior still looks pretty good with the red exterior.
If we could choose another color we would say that the best Model Y colors are Deep Blue Metallic and Quicksilver.
We specially like Deep Blue Metallic with any dark-gray wheel and with the white interior. Recently we saw a Model Y specced like that, and we were very impressed on how elegant it looked, the contrast looked fantastic.
The two new colors look fantastic in the Model Y, but the Quicksilver color fits the Model Y perfectly, it accentuates the modern industrial look that the car design boasts, and you can match it perfectly with every single wheel design.
Now, don’t forget that at the end of the day it’s your car, and you’re the one who’s going to be driving it most of the time, so don’t choose a color based on only what you read online. The best thing you can do is to hop into Tesla’s Model Y configurator and see for yourself which color you like the most. Or even better, try to find a Tesla showroom and see if they have the Model Y specced as you’d like. Some cars look way different in pictures than in person, and the same applies to colors.