Tesla Model 3 specs comparison vs gasoline competitors (there’s NO comparison)
Yes, the Tesla Model 3 has moved us into a new era. Sure, call me a fanboy. I just like better consumer goods. (Continued from “Tesla Model 3 will Crush BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Acura, Lexus, Jaguar, Toyota – Everyone“)
A quick snapshot of the Model 3 versus its “closest” competitors should give a good overview of how the boring practicalities (and acceleration) of a Model 3 stack up against cars that together sell in the millions each year.
Basically, the gas car competition in the same price range is almost entirely slower (yes, BMW has models that are quicker, but I guarantee you they won’t feel quicker and they probably won’t accelerate quicker to 30 mph).
They also have less storage space and are smaller (only the Jaguar XE and perhaps Acura RLX are a comparable size and price). The Tesla Model 3 is a quicker, bigger, better car for the price category it’s in.
UPDATE: A Commenter complained that we had left out top speed and range. Here you go:
- 140 mph (225 km/h) top speed
- 170 miles (274 km) of range available (after 30 minute Supercharge)
How long till the masses that are in the market for a $30,000–$50,000 car discover this? Well, ~500,000 consumers seem to have already discovered it, but there are millions more in this market. How long till those additional millions get a chance to see, ride in, and drive the first 500,000 Model 3 super-sedans to hit the roads?
|Price (without extra features)||Price after US Federal Tax Credit||0–60 mph (seconds)||Trunk+Frunk Space (cu. ft.)||Length||Width|
|Tesla Model 3 Standard||$35,000||$27,500||5.6||15||185||76|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||$44,000||$36,500||5.1||15||185||76|
|Audi A3 e-tron||$39,000||$34,400||7.6||14||170||70|
|Lexus ES Hybrid||$42,000||$42,000||8.1||12||193||72|
|BMW 2 Series||$33,150||$33,150||4||14||185||70|
|BMW 3 Series||$33,450||$33,450||4.6||13||179||71.5|
|BMW 4 Series||$42,400||$42,400||4.6||16||183||72|
I’ll further explore comparisons between the Model 3 and other cars in coming days and weeks, but the first look at the numbers above combined with the Model 3’s more subjective benefits strongly reinforce the points I made in September 2016, earlier at an institutional investment conference in India in March 2016, even earlier at an EV conference in Cocoa, Florida, in October 2015; and more recently in Amsterdam, Berlin, Wrocław, and on CleanTechnica in dozens of articles.
The story seems clear, but it’s still fun as heck to follow, watch, write about, and drive.