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Does the color of your car affect how hot it gets in the cabin?

By Product Expert | Posted in For Fun on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at 5:02 pm
2019 Toyota Highlander exterior in black

While most car shoppers choose an exterior paint color purely for aesthetic reasons, there can be a few more things to consider before making a final decision. Does the color of your car affect how hot the cabin gets in the summer sun? Do black cars heat up faster and get hotter than cars that have a lighter paint color? We break it all down below.

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Do Black Cars Get Hotter Than Other Color Cars In the Summer?

Man in sunglasses sitting in the drivers seat of a carUnfortunately for drivers who love black exterior paint, this car myth is true. Darker paint colors, especially black, will absorb more of the heat from the sun and lighter paint colors will reflect it. This means that when parked in similar conditions the cabin of a darker-colored car will heat up faster and get hotter than the cabin of a light-colored car. Not only will drivers have to wait longer for a car in a darker shade to cool down, but it will also take more energy and fuel for the cooling system to cool the cabin resulting in less efficiency. While the differences are somewhat minor, it could be something to consider before purchasing, especially if you live somewhere particularly sunny and warm.

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Tips and Tricks For Keeping Your Car’s Cabin Cool In the Summer Heat

No matter your cars exterior color, there are a few tips and tricks to help keep everything in the cabin cool when the sun comes out. The number one thing that will reduce the heat absorbed by your car is to park in the shade. Even partial shade can be helpful. If no shade is available, consider using a windshield screen to block out some of those rays from entering your cabin. Remote start can also be a really beneficial add on for drivers in hot climates as the air conditioning system can be turned on in advance getting everything cool before anyone even opens the door.

Whether you are looking for a vehicle upgrade or just a few new accessories like a sun shade or remote start to keep things cool in your current ride, the Serra Toyota team can help. Give us a call or stop by our Birmingham dealership for more information.


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