Posted on September 08, 2017 by Matt Pressman
That's it. You've decided that a Tesla is the right car for you. However, you're not sure which Tesla is the right car for you. One thing you'll have to consider is whether you want a new or used Tesla — its certainly worthwhile to analyze the pros and cons of that decision. However, assuming you just had to have a new Tesla, a wide range of factors might impact your final pick. Obviously, hauling lots of kids might make Tesla's Model X the right car for you. However, if you don't have a big family, the decision might prove more difficult than choosing Tesla's ultimate kid-friendly, all-electric family truckster. Yes, there are other considerations to be measured carefully.
Above: Taking a look at all three Tesla models available today (Image: Motor Trend)
That said, Tesla has made your decision a bit easier. The company has taken important steps in order to avoid the dreaded Osbourne effect. According to InsideEVs, "Tesla has decreased the number of Model S and Model X versions this year – officially for simplicity’s sake… but unofficially, we feel it is mostly likely to avoid spec/pricing comparisons with the new Model 3... Overall, Tesla narrowed the choice to two battery options for its [S and X] premium offerings – 75 kWh and 100 kWh. The 60 kWh and 90 kWh are now no longer available any more, with the RWD-only Model S [also] being phased out shortly."
Above: All three Tesla vehicles (Youtube:
Most electric vehicle fans consider vehicle range a critical factor. That said, Mark Kane at InsideEVs provides two other key considerations. If you're a speed demon, you're most likely be swayed by acceleration — more specifically, how fast your Tesla will race from 0 - 60 MPH. If you're more price conscious, it's probably worth crunching the numbers — especially considering the $7,500 U.S. vehicle tax credit assuming you put your Tesla reservation in early.
Above: Comparing the range and price, after the $7,500 U.S. tax credit, of all Tesla vehicle options available today (Source: InsideEVs)
InsideEVs provides two helpful charts to compare and contrast these factors. Kane references this, "handy comparison of the three base/main parameters for all Teslas that are in production (or at least about to be): price, range and the acceleration. It is especially handy to see the difference charted between the Model 3 and Model S, which is much more expensive, but even in the entry level 75 is quicker than the Model 3 – which again, we suspect has been lineup-engineered to this spec."
Above: Comparing the range and 0 - 60 MPH acceleration of all Tesla vehicle options available today (Source: InsideEVs)
Kane concludes, "The numbers almost scream out to us for the future 'P'/AWD version of the Model 3 to arrive with a 0-60mph time of about 4.3 seconds. However, the range of 310 miles (EPA) in the Model 3 is something that only 100D or P100D could beat (at more than twice or triple price)." Regardless, you'll have to look at more than price, range, and acceleration to make your ultimate decision. But, having a look at these charts will certainly spark some healthy debate when considering which Tesla is really right for you.