New Tesla Model 3 vs Second-Hand Model S: Video


It’s a tough question that may never have a definitive answer.

As we always say, the car you choose comes down to your priorities and budget. However, what if both vehicles meet or exceed your priorities and are financially attainable? This may be the case for people considering a new Tesla Model 3 or used Model S. While we’ve shared a few articles and videos about this topic, there’s probably not a more trusted YouTuber than Bjørn Nyland when it comes to all things Tesla and/or EV-related commentary.

If it seems like Nyland has been at this forever and has tested just about every EV on the market, it’s because it’s true. Yes, Nyland is an admitted Tesla fan and owner, which arguably makes him an authority regarding the Silicon Valley automaker. However, that doesn’t stop him from remaining admirably objective. What does he have to say when comparing two Tesla vehicles?

Nyland looks at both cars in detail to help you make a decision. Overall, he points out that the Tesla Model 3 is more efficient, which means faster road trips. He also prefers its Autopilot technology due to its up-to-date hardware. Still, the Model S has more cargo volume, a better battery/drive unit warranty, an actual instrument cluster, and, in most cases, free lifetime Supercharging.

After you check out the video, leave us some insight in the comment section below.

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Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:

New Model 3 vs 2nd hand Model S


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Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge. Tesla Model 3 charge port (U.S.)


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You can get a 2012 S for $30,000 in LA.
They have 200+ for sale on up to $60,000.

I was recently perusing the used Model Ses on Tesla’s site. There are some compelling Ses out there especially if you aren’t hunting for something dirt cheap. A refresh (post March 2016) 75D is a pretty nice ride. Yes, it has shorter range that the AWD Model 3 but it is bigger, better looking, faster, smoother riding, and if you are willing to spend a bit more you can even get an AP 2.0 car.

I know this is odd for an American, but bigger is /exactly/ why I am leaning more towards a new 3 than a used S. I grew up driving small cars, so bigger is a negative, not a positive.

Also I live in an area of Texas where my current car, a Volt, scrapes on flood prevention features of my neighborhood, entrances to parking lots, the farm roads I have to take to get to my kid’s school, etc etc.

… Do they sell S lift kits? I joke, I kid… I half joke.

Smaller, and NARROWER, in my experience, makes the grind less likely on these features.

You can get air suspension in the Model S which will give you much better ground clearance than either the Volt or the Model 3.

55K for a fully decked out P85D. 65 K miles, but 4 yr 50,000 mi warranty.
Not bad I’d say.

Model S cons:
1) Insurance cost is much higher.
2) Repair cost is much higher. That all Alum chassis scares a lot of body shops.
3) Big, harder for daily use. Be prepared to accept some scratches.
4) Better find out what those low profile 19″ tires cost to replace. See Edmunds for their experience.
5) Only late models have AP2.0.
6) Less interior storage, sleeves, pockets, little things like that.

On the other hand, the size is good for long family trips. Free supercharging is good for those making such trips frequently. Bean counters have infiltrated Tesla and will only keep jacking up charging fees.

“Bean counters have infiltrated Tesla and will only keep jacking up charging fees.”

Nothing to do with bean counter. It was designed to deter SC abusers like Tesloop (which is a business) and reduce crowds.

Also, with a lower cost of Model 3, it went from “pre-paid” format on the Model S to a “pay as you go” format in the Model 3. Nothing wrong with it. That is the cost!

Expect the used market to get cheaper as Tesla drops refurbishing and inventory goes up. Selling used cars with no refurbishment sight unseen is not a sustainable business unless you want to sell the cars for peanuts.

I got a 2016 X P90D..Now that is the best buy and the best of TSLA line up..36K miles only $70,200.