When going to buy a new Tesla, shoppers are faced with a lot of customization decisions to make. In addition to cosmetic choices like the paint job and interior design, every Tesla also comes in multiple performance models — with each one drastically changing its speed, range, and more.
There are many factors that have contributed to Tesla’s success over the years. The cars look unlike anything else on the road, have access to the Supercharger network for fast charging, and use Autopilot for self-driving capabilities. On top of all that, Tesla also has one of the best online ordering experiences available. Someone selects the car they want, makes any desired customizations, and can submit their payment just like that. The whole process takes a matter of seconds, making it extremely easy to place an order at any time.
As mentioned above, every Tesla that’s sold comes in a few different versions. Let’s start with the Tesla Model 3. The baseline model is called Standard Range Plus, and Tesla says it offers 263 miles of range, a top speed of 140mph, and goes from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds. As of May 2021, it has a starting price of $39,490. It’s a great choice for someone that wants a Tesla for as little money as possible, but most shoppers should consider getting the Long Range upgrade. The 145mph top speed and 4.2 seconds for 0-60 are modest changes, but the increase to 353 miles of range is a game-changer for anyone that plans on taking a lot of road trips. It also swaps out the Standard Range Plus’s rear-wheel-drive design for a dual-motor all-wheel-drive — resulting in better handling on ice, snow, and other tricky situations. Those upgrades come at a higher price of $48,490, but it’s definitely worth considering. The third Model 3 variant is Performance, which drops the range down to 315 miles while upping the top speed and 0-60 time to 162mph and 3.1 seconds, respectively. Tesla also throws in a few upgrades not found with the other two models, including 20″ Überturbine wheels, performance brakes, a carbon fiber spoiler, aluminum alloy pedals, and lowered suspension. Those are solid perks to have, but at $56,990, it’s also the most expensive Model 3 currently available.
Differences With Model Y, S, And X Versions
Switching gears to look at the Tesla Model Y, there are just two models available — Long Range and Performance. The former has a 326-mile range, 135mph top speed, goes from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, and costs $51,490. The latter drops the range to 303 miles, while top speed and 0-60 are upgraded to 155mph and 3.5 seconds. The Performance Model Y costs $60,990 and has similar upgrades that the Model 3 does, such as improved brakes, wheels, and lowered suspension. The Long Range Model Y probably makes the most logical sense, but for someone that wants to have a bit of fun with the car, the Performance comes with some nice tweaks.
Next up is the Tesla Model S, which starts at $79,990 for the Long Range configuration. This delivers 412 miles of range, a 155mph top seed, and goes from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. That’s more range than the Long Range Model 3 and the same 0-60 time as the Performance Model 3, making it an impressive combination of range and performance. Going all the way up to $119,990 gets shoppers the Plaid Model S, which ramps up the speed and 0-60 time to 200mph and 1.99 seconds. Tesla says it’s the “quickest accelerating car in production today” thanks to its 1,020 horsepower, making the decreased 390 miles of range easier to digest. If that’s somehow not enough, there’s also the Plaid+ model that sells for a cool $149,990. Its top speed is still 200mph, but the 0-60 time goes down to less than 1.99 seconds. It also touts a range of over 520 miles — the most of any Tesla to date. The Plaid+ Model S is impressive in just about every way, but as already mentioned, those achievements come at a cost.
Last but not least, let’s discuss the Tesla Model X. The Long Range Model X is available for $89,9o0, has 360 miles of range, 155mph top speed, and goes from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. The Plaid Model X favors performance over range, getting a 163mph top speed, going from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, and offering 340 miles of range. It’s also considerably more expensive at $119,990. The increased speed is certainly attractive, but the Long Range option will probably be the best choice for most people looking at the Model X.
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