Tesla Model S sedan is the car that Tesla puts
on the map, and the Model 3 is the vehicle designed to put the company on the shopping lists of mainstream car buyers. So we're going to look at how these two electric vehicles compare when head to head against each other.
Is the larger, more expensive Model S still the standard carrier for the Tesla brand? Or does the smaller and cheaper Model 3 make a bigger and better first impression for potential owners of electric cars? Let's break things down into five simple categories:
This should be an easy win for the Model 3 as the compact sedan has a starting price that is significantly lower than the larger Model S. Visit Tesla's official website and you will see the Model 3 at $ 37,990 starts while the S a model costs a whopping $ 74,990 for the cheapest option. Choose the Performance S model with the optional $ 8,000 Autopilot Package and you're looking for a starting price in excess of the $ 100,000 mark.
The Tesla model 3.
The problem for Tesla was when production of the entry-level Model 3 started. For many months, priority was given to building the more expensive versions with a larger battery pack and all-wheel drive. Start by loading options on a Model 3 and surprisingly, the price gap between it and its bigger brother, the Model S, narrows significantly.
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A dual-engine, all-wheel drive model 3 in the power trim starts at $ 54,990. When you add in AutoPilot, you see a Model 3 that costs almost $ 62,990. According to Tesla, the Standard Model 3 is finally online. According to the Tesla website, if you ordered a standard version now, delivery would take between 6 and 8 weeks.
Whichever Tesla you choose, you have seven days or 1,000 miles to return the car for a full refund. Given that the entire Model 3 line is finally available, the (belated but deserved) profit goes to Tesla's entry-level sedan. Winner: Model 3
If you think electric cars have something to do with golf carts, get behind the wheel of a Tesla. These sedans are fast whether you choose a Model 3 or a Model S. You've probably read about the optional Ludicrous mode available on the Model S, which offers supercar-like acceleration. Step on the accelerator and the sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes just 2.4 seconds, according to Tesla. That's crazy fast and roughly corresponds to the acceleration of the millionaire Bugatti Chiron.
A model 3 in performance equipment is no problem. The same 0-60 run is accomplished in 3.2 seconds, and ironically, the Model 3 has a slightly higher top speed (162 mph versus 155 mph in the Model S). But if you're a speed freak and want the ultimate in near-silent and incredibly fast acceleration, the Model S is the obvious winner. Winner: Model S.
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For many people considering an electric car, this is the most important factor. What good is an electric vehicle if it doesn't get you where you need to go and then back again? When it comes to range, the Model 3 offers a wider overall distribution. The standard model drives 250 miles, while the performance reaches a range of 299 miles. The long range model offers 322 miles between charges. The Model S Performance offers a range of 348 miles and the Long Range variant can travel 402 miles. Winner: Model S.
The bigger car will have more interior space, right? You will be surprised to learn that the Model 3 has cabin space almost identical to that of the larger Model S. In fact, Model 3 offers a little more headroom at the front and rear than the longer and slimmer Model 3. When it comes to front and rear legroom, the two are as close as possible. Each model offers 42.7 inches of front legroom, with Model S having the smallest advantage in rear legroom at 35.4 inches versus 35.2 inches in Model 3. Only in the hip and shoulder area does the S ähm little sibling begin to stretch out.
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In terms of cargo space, the Model S leads the way with more than 26 cubic feet of trunk space, as opposed to about 15 cubic feet in the Model 3. The larger sedan's practical rear end that opens wide and makes cargo driving painless process. Two rear-facing child seats are also available for the S model, but they are only suitable for small (and brave) small children. Cabin space is tight, but cargo space is a definite asset for the larger car. Winner: Model S.
New versus used:
Let's stir up a little drama by adding a wildcard option, a used Model S versus a brand new Model 3. We looked at what the average price would be for a 2012 Model S, the sedan's first year of production . Based on our search in Southern California and assuming the car has roughly 55,000 miles, a fair market range according to KBB.com would put the Model S at between $ 29,000 and $ 33,000. That's at least a few thousand dollars less than the cheapest Model 3, though admittedly you have an 8-year-old EV and not a brand new edition. Still, it is food for thought if you love the idea of driving electrically with a lot of power and luxury while driving.
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While the range is a bit tight, the Model 3's similar cabin space to the Model S, as well as its performance, which is still dazzlingly fast, are factors that can't be overlooked. Since price is a big factor for most buyers, the cheaper Model 3 is the better electric vehicle.
Overall winner: Model 3
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