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Model S advantages over Model 3

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Burnie, May 13, 2018.

  1. Burnie

    Burnie New Member

    May 13, 2018
    i am STUCK! I can’t seem to justify the cost of the S over the 3.... what do I get that is worth $40,000 more?!?
    Please help!
  2. ChadS

    ChadS Last tank of gas: March 2009

    Jul 16, 2009
    Redmond, WA
    #2 ChadS, May 13, 2018
    Last edited: May 13, 2018
    No worries, you don't have to justify it. Just buy the 3 if it is better fit for you; it will be for most people. But here are things some prefer about the S:

    Considerably quicker in any trim; and P100D available (upcoming 3 P model may match it, but will change the cost comparison)
    AWD (also coming for the 3, although it will narrow the price difference)
    Better warranty
    Twice the cargo space
    A large hatch to access that space, and it's powered
    More screen space, and one of them in front of the driver
    Adjustable air suspension
    Better ride
    Better looks
    More range in any trim
    Includes a key fob
    Center console even with the base model
    Dynamic turning lights
    Free supercharging generally available
    CHAdeMO adapter available
    Bioweapon defense mode available
    Pano roof available
    Rear-facing seats available

    And, I suppose, quicker availability.
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  3. Bebop

    Bebop Active Member

    Jun 25, 2017
    - Tax Credit guaranteed compared to the 3 (assuming you order an S now).

    - Free Supercharging (with referral code)

    - Dual Screens
  4. DDD4EV

    DDD4EV Member

    Jun 14, 2016
    Lexington, KY
    I had a reservation for a Model 3 but cancelled it after viewing the back hatch on the initial reveal. Due to the glass roof, the opening into the back hatch is restricted in the Model 3, making placement of large items like golf clubs problematic. In contrast, the hatchback on the Model S is wonderful and allows easy placement and removal of large items.

    Although many folks quote a 40K price difference between the Model S and Model 3, the actual price difference will be much less when equipped in a similar fashion. A decked out all wheel drive Model 3 with 275-300 mile range most likely will be pushing 70K and will be a smaller car without unlimited supercharging. I agree the Model S price was stiff, but I never regret the day I used the refund from my Model 3 reservation to help fund my purchase of a 90D Model S. Plus I got the tax refund, a windfall that most likely will not be available when the AWD Model 3 begins delivery.
  5. SomeJoe7777

    SomeJoe7777 Marginally-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Houston, TX
    S over 3:
    • Acceleration / quickness / torque -- induction motors are much better for this than PMSR motor in the 3
    • Performance model available now
    • AWD standard
    • Twice as much cargo space
    • Instrument cluster screen + central screen
    • Heated steering wheel with cold weather package
    • Powered liftgate, and is hatchback-style vs trunk-style
    • Air suspension, with better ride, and ride-height adjustability
    • More range if ordered with 100 kWh battery
    • Cornering lights
    • Pano roof available
    • 21" wheels available
    • Rear-facing seats available
    • Sirius/XM available with pano roof
    • Larger, more comfortable for 4/5 adults
    • Includes keyfob
    • Option for free supercharging with referral
    • Available now with selection of inventory model, or available within a few weeks if custom-ordered, guarantees $7500 tax credit in US
    • Interior color and trim options available now
    • HEPA filter and Bioweapon defense mode available

    3 over S:
    • Better built vehicle in my opinion
    • High efficiency - more miles per kWh
    • Much less expensive
    • Superior audio system
    • Minimalist interior has an appeal to some
    • Superior handling and cornering
    • Electronic-control A/C vent system
    • Highest supercharging speed of any Tesla vehicle in terms of miles added per hour
    • Drive train is suitable for track use (motor does not overheat with extended high-power operation) [Caveat: Upgraded brakes required]
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  6. CraZ8

    CraZ8 Member

    Apr 18, 2015
    Fort Montgomery NY
    Why a 40k difference? Get a CPO car that’s 2 to 3 years old and pay 10 k more for a lot more car
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  7. Canuck

    Canuck Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2013
    South Surrey, BC
    - Internet browser.

    I think I'll miss that a lot in the 3 since, if you even touch your phone here, it's a hefty fine and points.

    Or is there a browser now in the 3? If not, I sure hope it's coming.
  8. Stan Moraski

    Stan Moraski Brownout

    Apr 22, 2016
    Canton, CT
    Saw the 3 for the first time yesterday and was under impressed by its looks. Blended into traffic like the s does not. All a personal preference, but like CraZ8, go for a CPO model s. Best car I ever owned. There is even a p85d listed at $62,300 with only 13K miles!
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  9. Atlantan

    Atlantan Inactive Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Gwinnett County
    I second this... my 2013 P85 CPO original/new sticker was $105,270. In June of 2016, I paid $55K for it, fully loaded, 4 years of bumper to bumper warranty.
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  10. mrbulk

    mrbulk Member

    Sep 5, 2017
    Las Vegas NV
    For me it was cachet. Otherwise why shouldn't I just buy a basic EV like a Bolt or Leaf or something...
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