Tesla jump-started the transition from gas-powered vehicles to EVs. For those in the market for an electric vehicle, Tesla wows with the impressive range of its sedans and SUVs and Supercharger network.
But even though it currently only has four models on the market, the company’s disregard of model years can make picking which Tesla works best for you a bit confusing. Not to worry: We’ve broken down each model to help determine if a vehicle from the house Musk built works for you.
Tesla Model 3
The entry-level sedan of the Tesla lineup, the Model 3 combines EV power in a package smaller than the more expensive Model S.
Tesla Model 3 Price
Starting Price: $39,990
The initial plan was to introduce a $35,000 Model 3. That trim level and price point have come and gone and in its place are three variations of the Model 3 sedan. From the cheapest Tesla available today to a sports sedan, the price of the Model 3 can quickly skyrocket.
The rear-wheel-drive Standard Range version is the least expensive Tesla available, starting at $39,990.
Those looking for all-wheel drive and a bit more power can opt for the dual-motor Long Range Model 3 that starts at $49,990. For the person jonesing for EV speed who does not have the funds for a Model S, there’s the Performance version starting at $56,990.
All Model 3 Teslas ship with a glass roof and a 15-inch landscape infotainment touchscreen in the center of the dash. The screen serves as the central nervous system of the interior. There is no gauge cluster behind the steering wheel. Every Model 3 has 23 cubic feet of cargo space (including in the front trunk — aka “frunk”) and seating for five.
The interior is rather sparse, with most features relegated to the touchscreen. There are four USB-C ports available for charging, as well as two wireless charging stations situated in the center console below the display.
The Standard Range variant comes with power-adjustable and heated front seats. The Long Range and Performance versions add heating to the rear seats and steering wheel. The two higher trims also receive a USB-A port in the glovebox along with a 125GB storage device for media. All vehicles come with either a white or black vegan interior.
On the outside, both the Standard and Long Range have the option of 18- and 19-inch wheels. The Performance gets an additional bit of wheel love with 20-inch Überturbine wheels.
Infotainment and Gaming
On all Teslas, the infotainment system includes navigation that includes Supercharging locations along a route. To keep you entertained while charging, Tesla has added a full web browser, karaoke, and video games including “Beach Buggy Racing 2,” which can be controlled with the vehicle’s steering wheel. The vehicle does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto but will connect to smartphones via Bluetooth for media and phone calls.
Basic Autopilot with advanced driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist is standard.
Much has been said about Tesla’s FSD (Full Self Driving) capability. The $10,000 option currently ships with Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Auto Parking, Summon (have your car come to you in the parking lot), and traffic light and stop sign control. What it doesn’t include is actual self-driving. Tesla has been promising autonomous driving for years and has yet to deliver.
For security, all Teslas now include sentry mode that monitors the surrounding environment and records what’s happening outside the vehicle while active via the exterior cameras.
Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla loves to say that it doesn’t build slow cars. With that in mind, here is the 0-60 mph acceleration for each model, according to Tesla.
- Standard Range: 5.3 seconds
- Long Range: 4.2 seconds
- Performance: 3.1 seconds
The Standard Range Tesla Model 3 has a range of 263 miles and can charge at up to 170 kW via a Supercharger capable of that rate.
The Dual Motor Long-Range Model 3 has a range of 353 miles and can charge at up to 250kW via a Supercharger capable of that rate.
The Performance Model 3 has a range of 315 miles and can charge at up to 250 kW via a Supercharger capable of that rate. See Tesla Model 3 models for sale near you
Tesla Model Y
Built on the same platform as the Model 3, the Model Y is the compact SUV of the Tesla lineup.
Tesla Model Y Price
Starting Price: $53,990
The larger, taller Model Y also commands a bigger pile of cash for its two trim levels. The Long Range edition starts at $53,990 while the more powerful Performance version starts at $60,990.
All Model Y models ship with a glass roof and a 15-inch landscape touchscreen infotainment display. The Model Y offers 76 cubic feet of storage space, including the frunk.
Tesla continues its minimalist interior with the SUV. The Model Y has standard seating for five. The Long Range can accommodate seven with the optional $3,000 third row. Both the second and third rows fold flat. The standard vegan interior is available in black or black and white.
Powered front seats are standard, as are heated front and rear seats and steering wheel. Both vehicles also ship with a HEPA air filtration system standard.
The Model Y comes with four USB ports (two in the front and two in the back) and wireless charging for two smartphones below the 15-inch touchscreen. Two additional USB ports are added with the optional third row. Both trims come with a USB-A port in the glove box along with a 125GB storage device for media.
Connecting the vehicle to the road, the Long Range is available with 19- and 20-inch wheels while the Performance model comes with 21-inch Überturbibe wheels.
The Model Y has the same infotainment system as the Model 3 and access to Tesla’s $10,000 FSD feature. Basic Autopilot with advanced driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist is standard.
Tesla Model Y Performance
Zero to 60 mph times are:
- Long Range: 4.8 seconds
- Performance: 3.5 seconds
The Long Range trim level has a range of 326 miles and can charge at up to 250 kW via a Supercharger capable of that rate.
The Performance trim level has a range of 303 miles and can charge at up to 250 kW via a Supercharger capable of that rate. See Tesla Model Y models for sale near you
Tesla Model S
The first Tesla to gather mass appeal, the Model S is the brand’s high-end sedan. It was recently updated with a more traditionally luxurious interior and a polarizing yoke instead of a steering wheel.
Tesla Model S Price
Starting Price: $82,990
Available in two trim levels, the Model S starts at $82,990 for the all-wheel-drive dual-motor Long Range version. The more powerful all-wheel-drive Plaid version with three motors and 1,020 horsepower starts at $122,990.
After a recent refresh earlier this year, the Model S now ships with a more luxurious interior with ebony, walnut, or, for the Plaid trim, carbon fiber. The Model S also ships with a glass roof, 17-inch landscape infotainment touchscreen, a new 8-inch display for rear passengers placed in the center console, 28 cubic feet of cargo space including the frunk, and a steering yoke that has replaced the traditional steering wheel.
The vehicle has zero stalks and features are controlled by buttons on the steering yoke and via the touchscreen. The vegan interior is available in black, black and white, and cream, although the latter two are a $2,000 premium. The steering yoke and front and rear seats are heated on every model. The front seats are also ventilated on both trims.
The vehicle has five USB-C ports for charging devices and supports Bluetooth syncing of smartphones for phones and media. Wireless charging is available below the infotainment screen for two phones and in the fold-down armrest in the rear seats.
Tri-zone climate control is standard on both trim levels as well as HEPA air filtration.
For gamers, the vehicle supports wireless controllers for playing video games in the front or back seat.
The exterior got a small design upgrade during the latest refresh that brought its drag coefficient to 0.208. Available wheel packages for both trim levels include 19- and 21-inch wheels.
The Model S has the same infotainment system and standard Autopilot Basic advanced driver assistance system as the Model 3 and Model. Like those two other vehicles, Tesla FSD is available for an additional $10,000.
Tesla Model S Performance
Zero to 60 times are impressive, and simply mind-blowing for the Plaid variant.
- Long Range: 3.1 seconds
- Plaid: 1.99 seconds
The Long Range Model S has an impressive range of 405 miles and can be charged at a rate of up to 250 kW at a Supercharger that supports that charge rate.
The Model S Plaid has a range of 396 miles and, like the Long Range, supports charging speeds up to 250 kW. See Tesla Model S models for sale near you
Tesla Model X
The first Tesla SUV, the Model X made a huge splash when it came to market with its Falcon Wing doors. Like the Model S, it recently received an interior and powertrain update.
Tesla Model X Price
Starting Price: $99,900
The Model X is available in two trim levels, both of which come standard with all-wheel drive. The dual-motor Long Range starts at $99,900, while the tri-motor Plaid will set you back $119,990.
The most striking feature of the Model X is the Falcon Wing door setup that one would typically expect on an Italian supercar. The 2- or 3-row SUV seats up to seven passengers and with the rear seats folded offers 91 cubic feet of storage space. The Model X includes a glass roof, 17-inch landscape touchscreen, and like the Model S, an 8-inch display for rear passengers that sits in the center console.
Tesla has replaced the steering wheel with a steering yoke and in the process removed all the stalks. All controllers are either on the steering yoke or are available within the center touchscreen.
The vegan interior is available in standard black. For an additional $2,000, you can get cream or black and white. The Long Range version has either ebony or walnut trim, while the Plaid version is a carbon-fiber trim experience only. The seating layout is five passengers standard, six passengers with two second-row captain’s chairs for an additional $6,500, or a 7-passenger layout for $3,500. All of the seats are heated, with the front seats supporting ventilation. The steering yoke is also heated standard.
Both vehicles also have tri-zone climate controls with HEPA air filtration.
Playing video games while waiting for a charge or as a passenger has been enhanced with support for wireless controllers.
The exterior has experienced a small bit of refinement during the latest refresh and sports a drag coefficient of 0.24. The Long Range and Plaid Model X are available with 20- or 22-inch wheels.
The Model X is equipped with the same infotainment system and driver’s assistance package (Autopilot Basic) as the rest of the Tesla lineup. The FSD Full self-driving capable package is an additional $10,000 but is still not capable of autonomous driving.
Tesla Model X Performance
Regardless of its large size and heft, the Model X is speedy off the line. The Plaid variant uses the same 1,020-horsepower powertrain as the Model S Plaid. The 0-60 mph times are as follows:
- Long Range: 3.8 seconds
- Plaid: 2.5 seconds
Tesla’s ability to create efficient batteries continues with both Model X trim levels sitting well above the 300-mile range level.
The Long Range Model X has a range of 350 miles and supports charging up to 250 kW.
The Plaid Model X can travel 330 miles between charges and supports charging rates up to 250 kW. See Tesla Model X models for sale near you
Tesla Cybertruck Coming Soon
Part electric truck, part post-apocalyptic design study, the Tesla Cybertruck is a polarizing vehicle that’s not quite ready for primetime. Tesla recently delayed the production of the truck at its new factory outside of Austin, Texas, from late 2021 to 2022. While we wait for it to be built here’s what we know so far.
Tesla Cybertruck Price
Starting Price: $39,900
The Cybertruck will start at $39,900 for the single-motor version. The dual-motor truck will fetch $49,900, while the powerful tri-motor Cybertruck will set you back $69,900.
All three will have a 6.5-foot bed and an optional photovoltaic tonneau cover. The truck will be capable of towing 7,500, 10,000, and 14,000 pounds from the single-, dual-, and tri-motor drivetrains respectively. All three will be able to haul 3,500 pounds of payload.
The interior will seat six via the center seat in the front row. In the center of the dash will be a 17-inch infotainment system touchscreen. While we expect it to have all the same features found in the current Tesla lineup, any additional truck-specific features in the infotainment system are a mystery.
Air suspension will be standard, with the vehicle capable of lowering and raising itself to provide 16 inches of ground clearance. It also helps give the Cybertruck a 35-degree approach angle and 28-degree departure angle.
Like the rest of the lineup, FSD is available for an additional $10,000. Basic Autopilot is expected to be standard.
Tesla Cybertruck Performance
Speed is still a big deal to Tesla, even in a truck. And this truck has impressive 0-60 mph times.
- Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive: 6.5 seconds
- Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive: 4.5 seconds
- Tri-Motor All-Wheel Drive: 2.9 seconds
The single-motor Cybertruck is expected to have a range of more than 250 miles. The dual-motor edition will have a range of more than 300 miles, while the tri-motor version will have a whopping range of over 500 miles. All these numbers and features could change between now and 2022 when the truck goes into production.