S Over 3 Tweet
With pricing information added to the comparison sheet, it becomes ever so clear that to get the bells and whistles most buyers seek on the Model S, it's significantly more pricey than the Model 3.
With Tesla trying hard to up sell the Model S over the Model 3, even going so far as to release a comparison sheet that shows the Model S beating the 3 in every noted category, curious onlookers have begun to dig a little deeper into Tesla's pitch.
Over on Reddit, an image surfaced of an updated Model S versus Model 3 comparison sheet (via NoVA_traveler). The updated image includes pricing for the various features that supposedly put the Model S out in front on the 3.
The title of the Reddit thread is trying to be a bit humorous "Fixed the S vs. 3 Compare Sheet."
Take a look at the updated image with pricing info below:
With the pricing information added in, it becomes immediately evident that you'll pay dearly for the various Model S features that will get you to the claimed advantages Tesla says the S has over the 3.
For example, the sheet says the Model S does 0 to 60 MPH in 2.3 seconds. However, the Tesla document doesn't note that it'll cost you $70,500 over the base S price to get that level of performance. Sort of deceptive without pricing info, don't you think?
What the graphic with pricing added really points out is that most of the "features" of the Model S aren't standard. Some are bundled in only with particular versions of the car that easily cost upwards of $120,000.
If we look at it from that point of view, then the two vehicles aren't even in the same ballpark, meaning that nobody considering a $35,000 car would even have thoughts of purchasing a $120,000 car.Here's the no-price-included sheet originally released by Tesla:
Model 3 Features Update On Right Column
Lastly, back in April, Tesla released this post on its blog regarding the S versus the 3. It provides a little more insight into Tesla's stance on which vehicle you should buy and why:
We’ve been getting ready for Model 3 by advancing manufacturing, expanding our charging network, improving service, opening more retail stores and much more.
With a new model coming this year, we know our customers will have questions about which car is right for them. One question we’ve been asked is, “Should I trade in my Model S for a Model 3?” While Model 3 will be our newest car, it isn’t “Version 3” or the next generation Tesla. Our higher priced premium models still include the most advanced technology and the best driving experience we have to offer.
Model S is the leader in its class in every category, which is why 94 percent of our owners say they will buy Model S again. It has a 5-star safety rating and will continue to be our flagship Model with more range, more acceleration, more power, more passenger and cargo room, more displays (two) and more customization choices. With Ludicrous+, Model S has a zero-to-60 time of 2.28 seconds as measured by Motor Trend, making it the fastest accelerating production car in the world. Model S will also continue to be the longest-range vehicle we offer, capable of a landmark 335 miles on a single charge, meaning you can travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco nonstop.
Model 3 is smaller, simpler, and will come with far fewer options than Model S, but it makes driving feel effortless and offers a good range of at least 215 miles for our starting model.
At the foundation of every Tesla is safety – keeping our customers safe is part of every decision we make. In addition, every Tesla vehicle (Model 3 too) comes standard with full self-driving hardware which, through over-the-air software upgrades, will enable a Tesla to be substantially safer than a human driver. As we continue to test and validate new features, customers can expect an increasing number of updates to be rolled out to their cars this year. And while innovation at Tesla will never stop, the very best vehicles we make are already available for purchase and on the road today.