The Pros and Cons of Buying a Tesla Model 3 Over a Used Model S

Nearly everyone agreed that the “affordable, mass-market” electric vehicle that was supposed to be the Tesla Model 3 would be a great addition to the EV market. After all, the main barrier to the brand’s top-rated electric sedan was its high price.

But problems with production and company finances put the idea of a $35,000 Model 3 on hold until 2019. That leaves prospective Tesla buyers without six figures on their hands with the choice between a new Model 3 ($50,200 and up) and a used Model S ($43,300 and up).

If you’re looking to buy a electric car at the price point of a Mercedes-Benz sedan, these two models will rank at the top of the list for range. Here are the pros and cons of the two Tesla sedans on the market in 2018.

Tesla Model 3

  • Range: You will get a top driving range (310 miles) if you choose a Model 3. That figure tops most certified pre-owned Model S sedans under $60,000. (Most offer 265 miles on a full charge.)
  • Power and speed: This Model 3 peaks at 271 horsepower and hits 60 miles per hour in 4.5-5.0 seconds. Dual-motor models start at $55,200.
  • Passenger and cargo space: Model 3 seats five and offers 15 cubic feet of cargo space. It measures 184.8 inches (15.4 feet).
  • Supercharging: Other than a few free charges per year, Model 3 owners will have to pay as they go when traveling long distances.
  • Tech: 15-inch center touchscreen, option of AutoPilot and full self-driving equipment
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