Sleek, sophisticated, and just plain cool, black cars make us swoon. The question is, can they also make us sweat? Collective wisdom says that white and lighter-colored cars are cooler, temperature-wise, than black rides. But is that true? Are black cars really hotter than white? Check out our true hue test, in our latest video:
When we took one inky black car, and it’s a snow-white match, and let them heat up in the fiery Georgia sun. A couple of hours later, we took a gander at the temperature inside the car, and yep, the numbers don’t lie: the cabin of the black car came in at a sweltering 130 degrees, while the white car’s interior was a still hot (not skin-searing) 113 degrees.
While the cars were still warm, we flipped the question and wondered, which one cools faster than the other, when the AC is running full blast? Will a white car cool faster than a black one? We took our trusty thermometer and found that the interior of the white car dropped to 84 degrees after 10 minutes, while the black car cooled off a little, but still comes in at stifling 91 degrees.
Based on our data, we can confidently report that the color of a car definitely affects how hot it gets. If you’re still hankering for a dark-colored car, these products can help keep you chill:
- Tonquu Solar Powered Car Ventilator (Amazon.com); $33.99
- Cooling Car Seat Cushion (Sharper Image); $59.99
- Retractable Windshield Sun Shade by SEINECA (Amazon.com); $17.83
- USB Fan with Clips (Amazon.com); $9.99
- Portable Car AC System – Portable Mini Air Conditioner (Balma Home); $49.99