All Tesla Models Compared: Model S, Model X and Model 3

AUG 29 2017 BY MARK KANE 11

Tesla Model S, X & 3 comparison for U.S. (August, 2017)

Tesla has decreased the number of Model S and Model X versions this year – officially for simplicity’s sake…but unofficially, we feel it is mostly likely to avoid spec/pricing comparisons with the new Model 3 (details).

Overall, Tesla narrowed the choice to two battery options for its premium offerings  – 75 kWh and 100 kWh. The 60 kWh and 90 kWh are now no longer available any more, with the RWD-only Model S being phased out shortly (no final date has yet been given on sunset date for new orders).

Tesla Model 3 Deep Blue Metallic

Even though the Model 3 was recently released in limited/captive deliveries, we still don’t know yet the official battery sizes of the two announced versions (short and long range), although we have a good idea of the ballpark.

So until then, what we have here is a handy comparison of the three base/main parameters for all Teslas that are in production (or at least about to be): price, range and the acceleration.

It is especially handy to see the difference charted between the Model 3 and Model S, which is much more expensive, but even in the entry level 75 is quicker than the Model 3 – which again, we suspect has been lineup-engineered to this spec.

The numbers almost scream out to us for the future “P”/AWD version of the Model 3 to arrive with a 0-60mph time of about 4.3 seconds.

However, the range of 310 miles (EPA) in the Model 3 is something that only 100D or P100D could beat (at more than twice or triple price).

Tesla Model S, X & 3 comparison for U.S. (August, 2017 – US pricing post federal rebate)

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11 Comments on "All Tesla Models Compared: Model S, Model X and Model 3"

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I’ll be happy enough with 310 miles and 5.1 seconds to 60 mph.

Rear wheel drive is still available…

Indeed it is, but Tesla has confirmed it is now being phased out…although we don’t have a hard sunset date for last orders. (will make a note of that in the story, thanks)

what sources do you have that let us know it’s being phased out?

220 mile entry level luxury car for sub $30 is a screaming deal. The robust supercharger network would make my extremely infrequent trips outside that range a non-issue.

I would not define the M3 as luxury. However I still think it is good value.

Prices should exclude Federal tax credit.
Model 3 is not really available yet, so perhaps that should be noted.

I agree price should be without tax credit, both for non-US readers and there may be some US citizens considering M3 that don’t qualify for the credit.

As to M3 not really available, you can order it so it is definitely on the market. Of course if you order now, you will have to wait a year. Is your definition of available mean it is on the lot and you can drive it away today?

The prices quoted are misleading – after Tesla reaches 200,000 sales units, those hefty govt subsidies ($7500) disappear, but the very competitive BMW Series 3 buyers will still get them (also the Chevy Bolt SUV buyers as well), which will place Tesla is a very distinct price disadvantage. I can’t see anyone choosing the Model 3 over the BMW under those conditions (except for Tesla cultists), since BMW and Chevy also have a dealer and maintenance and body repair network that Tesla cannot match. People
generally prefer to see and sit in and get the feel of a car they are going to be plunking down that much money for. They
also,along with dozens of other automaker EVs hitting the road soon, share charging protocols that are sprouting up in stations all over the place. Nobody wants to buy into a proprietary “company store” environment
(Tesla)if they are aware they are doing so. I consider the charging protocol mess the biggest pain-in-the-butt about EV ownership. There is no acceptable reason for this horrible situation to have come about. It is totally inefficient and will require excesive duplication of charging capacity.

I think the lack of a dashboard really makes a lot of sense for market segmentation.

It reduces parts and more importantly, assembly effort. Thus it helps reduce the costs associated with the Model 3.

I’m certain it does annoy a good number of people though that want a full conventional dashboard. Well, if they really want that then they can pay more and get the Model S or X.

If the Model 3 had a full dash, that would reduce the segmentation between the Model 3 and Model S thereby perhaps causing too much Osborne effect. So they have to have a decent number of additional features to rationalize the higher price of the Model S. Just being a little bigger and performing a little better is not enough.

Very helpful snapshot illustration. Even better if 0-60 times were combined onto first graphic