What Is the Best Tesla Car to Buy Right Now?

There were other electric cars that came along well before the Tesla brand entered the electric car industry back in 2015. It wasn’t exactly an auspicious debut, as their Model S sedan wasn’t quite priced low enough for the vast majority of car buyers. That’s why Tesla sold only about 76,000 units in 2016.

The following years weren’t that much better, although they improved to 103,000 units sold in 2017, and about 245,000 units sold in 2018. It was during this period that Tesla launched the revolutionary Model 3, which made the electric car a lot more affordable for regular people.

This is the model that was the main reason why Tesla sales jumped to 367,200 units in 2019. The year 2020 was a pandemic year, yet sales reached a little under 500,000. This 2021 year, sales have already gone past 627,000 units sold, and that’s just in the first 9 months of the year.

It makes sense to go with Tesla if you’re deciding on an electric car. But which Tesla car should you get? To help you make an informed choice, we’ve got a handy guide for you:

Tesla Model Comparison Chart

You have to understand that each of these models come in several trims. To make sure we play it fair, we picked the Long Range trims (the ones with the longest ranges) for each model.

  Model 3 Model Y Model S Model X
Price $48,490 $51,490 $79,990 $89,990
Range 353 miles 326 miles 412 miles 360 miles
Seats 5 people 5 or 7 people 5 people 5, 6, or 7 people
Notable features Ventilated front seating

3 displays with 17-inch main display

Automatic opening and closing for front doors

Premium audio, with 14 speakers, 2 amps, 1 subwoofer

Heated front and rear seats

Independent flat fold rear seats

Yoke steering wheel

3 displays with 17-inch main display

Ventilated front seating

Full glass roof

Premium audio, with 14 speakers, 2 amps, 1 subwoofer

Heated front and rear seats

Custom driver profiles

Wireless phone charging

 

 

Top Choices (Value for Money)

It’s quite evident that for the best Tesla in terms of value for money, it’s either the Model 3 or the Model S Y. The main issue with the Model S and the Model X is that when you have $80,000 or $90,000 to spend on a car, you don’t immediately think about getting a Tesla. There are plenty of better alternatives out there for that kind of luxury money.

But with the Model 3 and Model Y, the prices are more attainable. You won’t have to pay an extra $30K or $40K for stuff that you don’t really need.

Basically, go with the Model 3 if you want the standard 5-seater car. You get great range and even semi-autonomous driving capabilities to make it even safer to drive.

If you need that 3rd row of seats, then the Model Y is the choice you get. You have 68 cubic-feet of cargo capacity, to go along with the advanced driver assistance technology and the nice suite of entertainment equipment. You still get a nice range.

Sure, this is an SUV. But it handles like a sports car and it can reach 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds.

What If Money Was No Object?

If that’s the case, then we would go with the Tesla Roadster. We didn’t even put it in the comparison chart, because the price is just ludicrous. The price starts at $200,000 and it can go up rather as quickly as the car can accelerate. The reservation even costs $50,000.

Still, if you don’t care about the price, then the stats may just cause you to swoon. This is for serious speed junkies, because Tesla calls this “the quickest car in the world.” They’re not kidding with these proven performance stats:

  • Zero to 60 mph: 9 seconds.
  • Zero to 100 mph: 4.2 seconds.
  • Finishing the quarter-mile: 8.8 seconds

Remember how Vin Diesel’s character in the original Fast and Furious movie was boasting about the “beast” car in his garage? He said that it ran a quarter-mile track in 9 seconds flat. He hasn’t driven the car yet, because it scared the heck out of him.

This Roadster is even faster! And if for you, it’s all about the speed, then this is the car you get.

Still, it’s not as if any Tesla car is slow. There’s no such thing as a slow Tesla car, in fact. The slowest Tesla car you can buy right now is the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range, which goes from zero to 60mph in just 5.6 seconds.

Go with the Model 3 Long Range RWD, and that goes down to 5 seconds flat. Switch to the Model 3 Long Range AWD, and you need only 4.5 seconds to get to 60mph.

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