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Considering Getting Tesla’s White Interior? Here is How My White Tesla Seats Held up After 213,000 Miles

Although beautiful to look at, there are questions surrounding how Tesla’s white seats hold up in the long run. However, 213,000 miles in, my Tesla Model 3 seats still look pristine. Here is what I did to keep my white Tesla interior looking brand new.

The white interior option in Tesla vehicles is one of the cleanest looks in the automotive world. Tesla’s minimalist design ethos, coupled with the white seats, gives all Tesla cars an open-air feel unmatched in any vehicle.

Add to this Tesla’s glass roof, which ships on all its cars standard, and you have the recipe for one of the brightest and cleanest vehicle interiors. 

The white interior is undoubtedly beautiful to look at; however, it also raises the question of how the white fabric will hold up long term.

This question is further amplified by Tesla’s interior fabric choice. Since the company's early days, Tesla has avoided using real leather in vehicle seats, citing animal protection and environmental sustainability as reasons.

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Leather seats are known for their long-term durability; however, Tesla uses faux or synthetic leather for the reasons listed above. The synthetic leather in Tesla vehicles looks very nice; however, there is much less long-term data on how synthetic leather holds up over time.

So, before you plop down the extra $1,000 for the white interior option, you might be interested in learning how Tesla’s white interior holds up long term. If so, you will be happy to know that a Tesla owner with a white interior Tesla Model 3 has shared how his interior is holding up after driving his car for 213,000 miles.

Zack, who goes by the X handle @BLKMDL3, shared his experience on the platform. So how is Zack’s white interior Model 3 holding up after five years and 213,000 miles?

You will be happy to learn that even after all those miles, Zack’s white interior looks as new as the day he bought his vehicle.

Zack wrote on X, “The Tesla white interior is super easy to clean. Looks pretty awesome for an interior with 213,000 miles on it; it feels new!”

Together with his post, Zack also shared pictures showing several angles of his white interior, and as you can see for yourself, his seats look practically brand new.

So, what is his secret? According to Zack, he ceramic-coated his seats years ago and recommends Gyeon Leather shields for the job.

Tesla already ships all the company’s vehicle seats with a coating that makes cleaning things off the vehicle easy. Tesla even famously has a video showing a person spilling red wine on the white seats and how easy it is to clean simply using wet wipes.

Zack’s use of ceramic shied on his seats and Tesla’s protective layers appear to have helped the vehicle's white interior look brand new even after 213,000 miles.

This is wonderful news for Tesla and current and future white interior Tesla vehicle owners; however, one controversy below Zack’s post is that he shared a picture of his white interior Model 3, but only the passenger and back seats.

Naturally, when a vehicle is driven this long, the driver seat is the part that will be most abused; that’s at least true until fully self-driving Robotaxis becomes widespread.

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People in the comment section raised their suspicions about Zack’s claims and concluded that not sharing the driver’s seat pictures meant he was hiding something.

However, Zack explained that he had replaced the original driver seat that had been shipped with the vehicle, writing, “I don’t have the OEM driver's seat; I have an aftermarket carbon bucket seat. But when I took the driver's seat out at 150,000 miles, it looked basically brand new.”

In Zack’s support, he has made several visible changes to the interior of his Tesla Mode 3, including an aftermarket center console and headliner, which means an aftermarket bucket seat is in line with his character.

Another thing to note here is that, for the longest time, one of the biggest criticisms of the performance-oriented Tesla variants has been the lack of side bolstering on the seats for spirited driving. 

Tesla recently addressed this issue with the launch of the redesigned Model 3 Performance. Now, the Model 3 Performance and the Model S Plaid come with performance-oriented seats straight from the factory.

However, Zack purchased his Model 3 before these changes were rolled out, which makes sense if he replaced his Tesla seats with after-market carbon bucket seats.

Overall, several accounts other than Zack corroborate the durability of Tesla’s white interior. If you are in the market and like the look of Tesla’s white seats, we recommend you order your Tesla with this configuration.

Currently, this is all the information we have; however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with the latest Tesla news. Until then, make sure to visit our site,, regularly for the latest updates.

So, what do you think? Are you surprised to see Tesla’s white interior hold up this well even after 213,000 miles? Also, does the fact Zack did not share the picture of his driver’s seat put into question his claims? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below by clicking the red “Add new comment” button.

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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and the evolution of the EV space daily for several years. He covers everything about Tesla, from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.