Tesla Model 3 specs comparison vs gasoline competitors (there’s NO comparison)

  • Published on August 1st, 2017

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“)

By Zachary Shahan Tesla model 3 first deliveries

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 $31,000 $31,000 6.6 12 175.5 70
Audi A3 e-tron $39,000 $34,400 7.6 14 170 70
Audi A4 $35,000 $35,000 6.1–7.1 13 186 72.5
Lexus ES $39,000 $39,000 7.1 15 193 72
Lexus ES Hybrid $42,000 $42,000 8.1 12 193 72
Lexus IS $38,000 $38,000 6.9 11 184 71
Mercedes 300 $39,500 $39,500 6 13 184.5 71
Mercedes 350e $46,050 $35,000 5.8 12 184.5 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
Acura ILX $27,990 $27,990 N/A 12 182 71
Acura TLX $33,000 $33,000 N/A 14 191 73
Jaguar XE $35,725 $35,725 6 16 184 82

I’ll further explore comparisons between the Model 3 and other cars in coming days and weeks, but the first look at Tesla Model 3the 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 AmsterdamBerlinWrocław, 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.


(Originally appeared at our sister-site, Cleantechnica. Check out their new 93-page EV report)

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  • Yeet

    If you are going to make the dumb comparison of electric vehicles to gas vehicles, perhaps you should mention the range? or top speed?

    • “140 mph (225 km/h) top speed. 5.1 second 0–60 mph (5.3 second 0–100 km/h) acceleration. Supercharging rate: 170 miles (274 km) of range available after 30 minutes.” That good enough for you?

  • flowerchild1963

    ummm–i know something it doesn’t have that i require: all-wheel drive. do not require all of the tech screens, etc. no help at all with getting around in the snow.

    • For a number of reasons, including weight distribution and torque, electric motors handle much better in snow, so you might not even need all-wheel drive.
      That said, Elon Musk says an all-wheel-drive Model 3 configuration will be available next year. Teslarati also notes “a dedicated winter traction control mode will be available soon from Tesla, tailoring the electric motor’s torque for better traction on snow and ice.”
      If you’re interested, you can see more discussions about Tesla handling in snow here.

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