Model Y vs Model 3 – Which Will You Choose?

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Tesla is unveiling the Model Y on March 14th 2019, here are my estimates for the pricing a specs to help you decide between it and the Model 3. Subscriber here for more

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We are incredibly excited to announce that the standard Model 3, with 220 miles of range, a top speed of 130 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.6 seconds is now available at $35,000! Although lower in cost, it is built to achieve the same perfect 5-star safety rating as the longer-ranged version, which has the lowest probability of injury of any car ever tested by the U.S. Government.

In addition, we are introducing the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which offers 240 miles of range, a top speed of 140 mph, 0-60 mph acceleration of just 5.3 seconds and most premium interior features at $37,000 before incentives. For 6% more money, you get 9% more range, more power, and an upgraded interior.

To achieve these prices while remaining financially sustainable, Tesla is shifting sales worldwide to online only. You can now buy a Tesla in North America via your phone in about 1 minute, and that capability will soon be extended worldwide. We are also making it much easier to try out and return a Tesla, so that a test drive prior to purchase isn’t needed. You can now return a car within 7 days or 1,000 miles for a full refund. Quite literally, you could buy a Tesla, drive several hundred miles for a weekend road trip with friends and then return it for free. With the highest consumer satisfaction score of any car on the road, we are confident you will want to keep your Tesla.

Shifting all sales online, combined with other ongoing cost efficiencies, will enable us to lower all vehicle prices by about 6% on average, allowing us to achieve the $35,000 Model 3 price point earlier than we expected. Over the next few months, we will be winding down many of our stores, with a small number of stores in high-traffic locations remaining as galleries, showcases and Tesla information centers. The important thing for customers in the United States to understand is that, with online sales, anyone in any state can quickly and easily buy a Tesla.

At the same time, we will be increasing our investment in the Tesla service system, with the goal of same-day, if not same-hour service, and with most service done by us coming to you, rather than you coming to us. Moreover, we guarantee service availability anywhere in any country in which we operate.

We’re also excited to announce that we’re implementing a number of firmware upgrades for both new and existing customers. These upgrades will increase the range of the Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive Model 3 to 325 miles, increase the top speed of Model 3 Performance to 162 mph, and add an average of approximately 5% peak power to all Model 3 vehicles.

Tesla is committed to making not just the best electric cars, but the best cars, period. And our products are the reason we continue to rank #1 in Consumer Reports owner satisfaction survey and have every single year since Tesla was first eligible to be included in 2013. Both Model 3 Standard and Standard Plus are available starting today at

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29 Replies to “Model Y vs Model 3 – Which Will You Choose?”

  1. jaro essa

    Which will you choose? NEITHER!!

    Not until I can get an EV (don't care from who) that has a 400 mile range, a 5-10 min full recharge to 100% and is under $25k (for a NORMAL sized car, not a Twingo or Fiat 500 sized car)

  2. bollyblob

    electric cars are subject to moores law, so if your smart you will wait like 5-10 years for a car thats 20-1000 times better and cheaper, with some grain of salt.

  3. Apple Dapple

    I'm in the planning phase of purchasing a Tesla. The Model S doesn't have the room I need. The Model 3 is really cool but small. My wife prefers an SUV but the Model X is out of the budget! The Model Y appears to be the ideal option but I'm not sure when it will be available for purchase.

  4. Philip McMillan

    Probably going to get the black, standard range, model 3 with upgraded wheels before the end of the year. Wife currently has an SUV that serves as our family car. I’m sure the Y will ramp up fast which could possibly drive down the price of model 3 further.

  5. John Salazar

    I believe that Tesla's goal is to produce affordable electric vehicles. And to that goal we have already seen multiple price drops across the board on the three Tesla vehicles currently in production. Furthermore, I believe that Tesla will continue to drop pricing as they become more efficient at building vehicles and as they lower battery costs.

    I honestly feel that by 2021 model 3 and model Y will start at, or even under 30k. And there is another reason for that beyond the work that Tesla is doing to bring costs down.

    Competition is coming, and the reality is they are hungry to eat Tesla's lunch. And while the reality at this moment is that no manufacturer is even remotely in the position to do that, two years is a long time and maybe, just maybe VW or even a Chinese brand may surprise us.

    Tesla will be forced to lower the price points of these two vehicles to keep sales going in 2021. There will be competition, competition with deep pockets. Competition that will advertise, competition that may even run promotions.

    Personally. I would not be surprised if by 2022 the base models of the model 3 and model Y start at 25k (and top out at 50k).

    We will purchase a model Y in mid to late 2021 once they have been in production for 8-9 months to ensure that they have any problems worked out.

  6. pjdambra

    I’m thinking about trading my 3 for the Y. At my age and size it’s hard to get into and out of. I’ve been driving SUV and Mini-vans for over 30 years with my 1st Mini Van a Plymouth Voyager. I love my Model 3 AWD LR once I’m seated and comfortable. It’s an exciting car to Drive but it it’s a little too tight. I need something bigger, a lot like my waistline.

  7. Adam Fairbank

    I'm hoping for 7 seats, they can be small for occasional use, but I need 7 seats. Other than that, the model Y will make much more sense for people who like versatility. The Model 3 was disapointing for not having a hatch back. And a wagon version would be great for European markets. For the time being, I can see the Y being the best seller in the range.

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