Tesla Model Y vs Tesla Model 3: What's the difference?

Here is how the company's latest car compares to its best-seller

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Tesla unveiled its latest car, called the Model Y, at a launch event in Los Angeles on Thursday evening.

Based on the same platform as the best-selling Model 3, the Model Y is a compact SUV which is taller than its sibling but smaller than Tesla's other SUV, the Model X.

Although Tesla hasn't revealed everything about the Model Y - we don't know its exact dimensions, for example - we know enough to compare its vital statistics to the Model 3.

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The Tesla Model 3 (left) and new Model Y (right)Tesla

Here's how the two latest Tesla cars shape up:

Tesla Model Y vs Model 3: Price

The Model 3 starts at $35,000 for the entry-level Standard Range version. This is followed by the $37,000 Standard Range Plus. Above this, Tesla offers the $40,000 Mid Range and the $43,000 Long Range.

The above cars all have a single electric motor driving the rear wheels. Above these, Tesla offers dual-motor versions of the Model 3 which have all-wheel-drive. This configuration is offered on two models, the $47,000 Long range and the $58,000 Performance.

The Model 3 is priced from $35,000Tesla

All of these prices are the cash value before discounts and incentives. The prices also ignore any potential cost savings when the price of electricity is compared to gasoline or diesel. Tesla chooses to promote the post-cost-saving figures on its website, which regulators recently branded as misleading.

Now for the Model Y, which Tesla says will eventually start at $39,000 for the Standard Range version. However, while all other versions are due to go into production in late-2020, the cheapest Model Y will arrive later, sometime in earl-2021. Tesla took a similar route with the Model 3, which was announced back in 2016 but only hit the promised $35,000 price in 2019.

Above the entry-level Model Y, which cannot yet be ordered, Tesla offers the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive Long Range for $47,000 ($4,000 more than the equivalent Model 3).

After this, there are two Model Ys with all-wheel-drive; these are the $51,000 Long Range and the $60,000 Performance.

These prices do not include any optional extras, such as Autopilot, premium paint colors (like metallic blue and red), or the Model Y's seven-seat option, which adds two more seats for $3,000.

Tesla Model Y vs Model 3: Range

The Model Y is built on the same platform as the Model 3, but is tallerTesla

As with all Teslas, the more you pay, the longer the car can be driven before needing to charge its battery pack.

Tesla quotes its range stats in the US using an estimate linked to the EPA test cycle. Other test cycles are used in different countries, and it is always worth bearing in mind that your range will vary depending on your driving style, the route you drive, your use of the climate system and heated seats, and the ambient temperature, with cold weather reducing range.

For the entry-level Model 3 Standard Range, Tesla quotes an estimated range of 220 miles. The Standard Range Plus increases this to 240 miles, while the Mid Range manages 264 miles, and the Long Range offers 325 miles.

The Model 3 is Tesla's most popular car to dateTesla

Range takes a dip for the all-wheel-drive versions, with both the Long Range and Performance giving an estimated 310 miles.

It's a similar story with the Model Y. The Standard Range manages 230 miles (curiously 10 more than the Model 3, despite the extra size and weight), and the Long Range is good for a claimed 300 miles.

The Dual Motor AWD and Performance versions of the Model Y can both achieve 280 miles.

Tesla Model Y vs Model 3: Performance

Elon Musk claims the Model Y could out-sell the Model 3, S and X combinedTesla

The top speed of the Model 3 is 130 mph for the Standard Range, 140 mph for the Standard Range Plus, Mid Range and Long Range, then 145 mph for the Dual Motor Long Range, and 162 mph for the range-topping Performance variant.

The numbers are similar with the Model Y, which starts at 120 mph for the Standard Range, then jumps to 130 mph for the Long Range, 135 mph for the Dual Motor AWD, and 150 mph for the Performance.

Finally, the 0-60 mph times - something Tesla is always particularly proud of - are similar on the two cars, with the smaller and lighter Model 3 accelerating slightly more quickly.

The Tesla Model 3Tesla

The Model 3 starts at 5.6s for the Standard Range. This drops to 5.3s for the Standard Range Plus, then 5.2s for the Mid Range and 5.0s for the Long Range. Ticking the all-wheel-drive box on your order form makes a big difference to acceleration, with times falling to 4.5s for the AWD Long Range and a supercar-bothering 3.2s for the Model 3 Performance.

The same 0-60 mph acceleration sprint is completed by the heavier Model Y in 5.9s for the Standard Range. This then falls to 5.5s for the Long Range, 4.8s for the Dual Motor AWD, and 3.5s for the Performance.

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