In response to a couple of inquiries from prospective buyers Tesla put out a blog posting explaining how you probably shouldn’t trade in your Tesla Model S for a Tesla Model 3.

The new Tesla Model 3 has received so much press lately and has pre-orders surpassing 400,000 units that some customers that own Tesla Model S’s are seriously considering jumping ship and trading in their S for a 3. Tesla says, “hold on and think about this for a second.” According to an official blog post put out by Tesla earlier this week (Apr. 6, 2017) they want you to reconsider your decision for several reasons. Click here to read the blog post for yourself and enjoy a couple pictures of the Model 3 they’ve provided for you below.

Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model Y will most likely use the same platform underpinning the Tesla Model 3.


Tesla Model S
A white Tesla Model S outfitted with optional roofrack

Although they haven’t explicitly said it, someone shopping for a Lexus IS250 isn’t going to cross-shop against a Toyota Corolla just because the Corolla happens to be selling more. To further prove the point if you’re in the market for an Acura TLX you most certainly won’t be looking at Honda Civic just because the Honda family happens to be selling more of those. The same logic applies to Tesla and their S and 3.

The Tesla Model S is larger, will out perform, out drive in terms of mileage and will always be more heavily laden with technology compared to the Tesla Model 3. You won’t come close to a 0-60 MPH time of 2.28 seconds nor come even remotely close to 335 miles in total range with Tesla Model 3. Furthermore, you won’t have all the comfort and room that comes with choosing Model S.

According to Tesla,

Model 3 is smaller, simpler, and will come with far fewer options than Model S, but it makes driving feel effortless and offers a good range of at least 215 miles for our starting model.

At the heart of the matter is all the hype surrounding the Tesla Model 3. People are expecting the Tesla Model 3 to be a Tesla Model S without having to pay as much. Both will be laden with technology, will have self-driving capabilities and will be as safe as ever but both are for different price brackets. This doesn’t make the Tesla Model 3 an inferior car, far from it. It’s most certainly not a mini-Tesla Model S.


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