If you’re planning to buy a Tesla, there’s one key thing you should know before handing over your cash. Even though there are only four Tesla cars available for sale, you do get a huge amount of choice.
Our comparison of the Tesla Model 3, Model Y, Model X and Model S shows that there are a lot of options and levels. And these packages are not just about premium add-ons; They change what you can expect from a Tesla car’s range, performance, price and delivery time. So here’s a summary of the different Tesla configurations you can have, and how that changes things.
Tesla Model 3 vs. Model Y, Model X and Model S: Prices
|Lowest price||most expensive||w/ full self-driving|
|Tesla Model 3||$46,990||$51,490||$63,490|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||54,990 dollars||$58,990||$70,990|
|Tesla Model 3 performance||$61,990||$64,990||$76,990|
|Tesla Model Y Long Range||$62,990||$71,990||$83,990|
|Tesla Model Y Performance||$67,990||$71,990||$83,990|
|Tesla Model X||$114,990||$131,490||$143,490|
|Tesla Model X Blade||$138,990||$148,990||$160,990|
|Tesla Model S||$99,990||$108,990||$120,990|
|Tesla Model S Blade||$135,990||$144,990||$156,990|
Tesla Model 3
The standard rear-wheel drive Tesla Model 3 is the cheapest vehicle currently sold by Tesla, with a starting price of $46,990. The Long Range Model 3 costs $54,490 and the Performance Model 3 is the most expensive at $61,990. All of these prices depend on you owning a vehicle with 18-inch wheels, a white or dark gray paint job, and an all-black interior.
It’s possible to get the Model 3 in a multi-layered blue, black, or red, although these options cost an additional $1,000, $1,500, and $2,000, respectively. Changing the interior to black and white is also an option, but it costs an additional $1,000.
Finally, Tesla will let you upgrade those 18-inch tires to 19-inch sporty wheels on the Standard and Long-Range models. The Performance model comes with 20-inch wheels as standard, with no option to alter.
Switching with 19-inch wheels costs $1,500 on both models, but it will affect your range. The Standard Model 3 drops from 272 miles to 267 miles with larger wheels, while the Long Range Model 3 suffers a steeper drop—down from 358 miles to 334 miles.
This may not seem like a good reason to drop the money, although previous studies have shown that larger wheels also have better handling. Some people like the way they look, too.
It should be noted that all Model 3 units made between 2017-2020 have been recalled due to a problem with the rear view camera.
Tesla Model Y
Buying a Model Y is for people who want an affordable Tesla, but would rather have all the extra space and benefits that a crossover SUV provides. The cheapest model is the Long Range Model Y, which starts at $62,990, while the Performance Model Y can be had at $67,990.
Like the Model 3, that price depends on you owning the car in white or dark gray, as well as taking the standard-size wheels—which are 19 inches in diameter this time. The multi-layered blue, black and red is available again, costing $1,000, $1,500 and $2,000 as the Model 3. Likewise, the black and white interior is also $1,000.
The Long Range Model Y can be purchased with 20-inch wheels for an additional $2,000, although this will lower the range from 330 miles to 318 miles. Meanwhile, the Performance Model Y is only available with 21-inch Peterborough wheels.
But being an SUV and crossover means there’s more on offer. For starters, you have an optional tow hitch capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds for an additional $1,000. The long-range model also has a seven-seat layout option available for an additional $3,000. This will also reduce the range from 330 to 326 miles with 19-inch wheels, or 318 to 314 miles if you have 20-inch tires.
Tesla Model X
If you’re looking for the premium Tesla SUV experience, or just want more room than the Model Y can offer, there’s the Model X. It’s a massive car starting at $114,990, provided you buy it in white, take 20-inch wheels, With five all-black interior seats. Meanwhile, the Model X Plaid starts at $138,990
The color can be changed to black, dark gray or blue, each costing an additional $1,500, while the multi-layered red is $2,500. You can also upgrade the interior to black and white or cream for $2000. If you want bigger wheels, you’ll end up paying $5,500 for 22-inch turbine wheels, which reduces the Standard Model’s range from 351 miles to 332 and the Plaid’s range from 335 miles to 313 miles.
The standard X model has the option to expand the seats to six or seven seat layouts. The Plaid is only available in a standard six-seater design, with no option to get it any other way.
Seven seats are the cheapest, costing an extra $3,500 and the range on 20-inch wheels drops to 347 miles. Six seats are much more expensive, costing an extra $6,500, and lowering the total range on 20-inch wheels to 348 miles.
Tesla Model S
The Model S is currently Tesla’s flagship, and one of the most expensive cars it makes. Prices start at $99,990 for the Standard Model and $135,990 for the S Plaid—again, this is based on purchasing the car in white, with the smallest available wheels, and an all-black interior.
Like the Model X, only white is a free color option, with black, dark gray and blue each costing an additional $1,500. There’s also a layered red here, with a $2,500 price tag attached. As for wheels, you’ll get 19-inch wheels standard on both, with the option to switch to 21-inch Arachnid wheels for $4,500.
But as always, the larger wheels cause a reduction in range. On the S, choosing 21-inch wheels cuts your range from 405 miles to 375 miles. In the Model S Plaid it drops from 396 miles to 348 miles.
The only other way to change the price tag is to change the cabin colour. All black comes standard, but black, white or cream options are available for an additional $2,000.
Also, all Model S units made from 2014 onwards have been recalled due to a faulty front luggage compartment latch which may suddenly retract.
Autopilot “Full Autopilot”
The only constant among Tesla’s optional extras is the availability of the “Full Self Driving” add-on. That extra $12,000 is available on all Tesla vehicles, including the unreleased Cybertruck that you can’t actually buy right now.
Tesla Model S and Model X owners in the US can also opt for the full Autopilot subscription, which costs $200 per month, has no contractual obligations, and can be found in the Tesla app.
Fully autonomous driving is still a Level 2 autonomous driving system that requires the driver’s attention at all times, not actual autonomy. But it’s still one step away from what Basic Autopilot, which appears on all Tesla cars as standard, can offer.
With fully self-driving, you’ll gain the ability to automatically stop your car, call it up from where it’s parked, and automatically change lanes on the highway, plus something Tesla calls “autopilot navigation.” This basically allows your Tesla to drive itself on the highway, from ramp to ramp. There is also a traffic light and stop sign control, with which the car can detect both and respond to them even when cruise control or automatic steering is on.
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