Tesla Model S Comparison Chart With Range, Acceleration & Prices

OCT 14 2015 BY MARK KANE 24

Tesla Model S P85D Joins The LAPD

Tesla Model S P85D Joins The LAPD

The Tesla Model S has expanded its options over few years from two battery versions 60 and 85 kWh (plus 60 limited to 40 kWh) to whole set of battery sizes and drivetrain setups.

In the U.S. we have now:

  • 70, 85, 90 RWD
  • 70D, 85D, 90D AWD
  • P85D, P90D AWD performance
  • P90D  (called P90DL) AWD performance Ludicrous

That would be 9 versions! In fact you could spot even P85DL (retrofitted older P85D).

Versions, which have disappeared thus far are the RWD: 60, 40 (limited 60) and P85, P85+.

The number of different versions is so high that even we begin to lose count. And this is also the reason why we present these new comparison for the Teslas.

On the first graph you can see the all-electric range and prices (including $1,200 destination charge and $7,500 tax credit).  Range are rated by EPA, but there is catch…

Model S 90, 90D and P90D/P90DL despite a 5 kWh larger battery (up to 6% more range according to Tesla Motors), have the same EPA range as the corresponding 85 versions, because the company apparently has not yet re-submitted the new data points (so the default/corresponding 85 kWh specs are used in lieu).

In order to more accurately portray the ‘new’ 90-series Model S abilities, we have estimated 90, 90D and P90D/P90DL EPA sas +5% of 85, 85D, P85D.

Addtionally, below is prices with acceleration times instead of prices.  We hope these graphs make the Model S lineup a little easier to compare and understand.

Tesla Model S comparison for U.S. - October 2015

Tesla Model S comparison for U.S. – October 2015 (90 series estimated based on battery gains over the 85s)

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24 Comments on "Tesla Model S Comparison Chart With Range, Acceleration & Prices"

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To me, the standard Model S 85 is the best deal. Most range for the money.


and if your willing to get a used one I’ve seen CPO cars at 61K……now that’s the most kwh’s/$ money can buy.

Used Leaf at 12.000 gives you 24kWh –> $500/kWh
Used Model S85 at 61.000 gives you 85kWh —> $710/kWh

The Leaf wins. If you go by usable battery + capacity loss we get:
Leaf (21.3kWh*0.85 = 18.1kWh) $662/kWh
S85 (79.5*0.985 = 78.3kWh) $779/kWh

Both scenario the Leaf wins. Off course the model S has the better range overall.

The Model S offers a bit more than just “better range” than a Leaf. 😉


Yeah, that’s like comparing a Model S to an e-bike, and concluding the e-bike is a “better buy” because it’s much cheaper per mile of range.

cheaper ≠ better

@Mr M

2013 is the lowest year leaf to buy. First year for 6.6 kwh charger and heat pump. Used 2013’s are around 15K here in the Phx area. That’s 625$/kwh.

If you can stretch to 64k$ here is a CPO P85 with dual chargers and active air suspension.


I’m not sure why you brought the Leaf into the conversation? This is an article comparing Model S.

There are quite a few I-Mievs with less than 15K miles selling for $7,000. I think that beats the leaf and tesla. Now that means buying an I-miev but if I had to make a decision on how to replace my 05 Prius the cheap Mitsubishi makes a strong case in spite of being a crappy looking car with iffy performance.

It would be nice if you could pick up 4 of them and build a single car with a 48KWM battery for a mere $28K.

S70 is $10k cheaper with 35 miles less range. That’s $285 for each extra mile of range.

The extra 35 miles for $10K is worth it for me at these ranges in a BEV. (If I was in the market for a Model S, which I’m not)

The “to me” is very important. What is best for each person can be different. Do you want that acceleration? Do you need dual motors? Do you need really long range?

True, but AWD sure has its advantages during the winter months. I’ll take a 70D please.


So, I notice something interesting in this top chart fist: minimum range (230 miles), to Max range (283 miles) difference is 53 miles, same as new 2016 Volt call Electric Range!

A bid hard to tell from the chart, but what would be the cost of A Model S 70 (single motor), Plus cost of a New Volt, be, compared to the Longest range Tesla – the 90D?

around price of volt ^^

Its $10K to go from a 70 to a 85, $5K for AWD and $3K to go from 85 to 90, so $18K for 53 miles.

Is it possible to stop using outdated units like feet, miles and other similar zombies of the past, and if not, can we at least have a translation in international units.

Sadly, the zombies are alive and well in these insular United States.

As an early 1960’s transplant from the U.K.in a high tech industry I had to deal with dual measurement systems (it was mostly not a problem in that environment).
Still gross errors do occur, viz. the famous NASA probe failure due to a mix up of centimeters vs. inches.

But . . . the Guns & God contingent of the male U.S. population will feel you are trying to take their manhood away, or something, if you even suggest such a change.

Hope this clarifies!!!!

p.s. I have noticed a growing tendency to quote 0 – 62 mph times (i.e. 0 – 100 kph) so maybe it’s occurring by stealth anyway. One can only hope.

I’m very much a guns person. But I would love to change to the metric system. I’d be happy if we changed over tomorrow!

Priusmaniac said:

“Is it possible to stop using outdated units like feet, miles and other similar zombies of the past, and if not, can we at least have a translation in international units.”

In the future, all speeds must be expressed in units of furlongs per fortnight.

My favorite units!

The way I will remember this is:

If you put in the “P” prefix you must get the “D”.

For some reason I thought you couldn’t even get a RWD version anymore.

There used to be a P85 model and P85+ model but they are now discontinued.

RWD version is still available but it is probably not that popular because the D models only cost a little bit more and provide better range & performance.

Clearly the 90D offers best price, range and performance ratio.