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Tesla Model 3 Fully Loaded Price
For the first time since it started taking reservations for its new “affordable” Model 3, Tesla has opened up the car’s configurator to the public. Anyone can now order a Model 3 without a reservation, provided that they pay a $2500 order fee. (Tesla states that this fee is not a deposit and it is nonrefundable once your order is matched with a vehicle in the build process. However, the fine print states that the $2500 will count toward the purchase price if you go through with it.)
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That means we now know how much the Model 3 costs with all the options—and “affordable” is kind of a stretch. The new Dual Motor Performance variant, which starts at $65,000, can be loaded up to $81,000, putting it in a similar price range as the BMW M3 with which Tesla chief Elon Musk says it competes. That price includes options such as $5000 for a Performance upgrade including 20-inch wheels and tires, upgraded brakes, and a 10-mph-higher, 155-mph top-speed limiter; $1500 for metallic paint (red and white are $1500, while gray, black, blue, and silver cost $1000 over the no-cost Solid Black); $1500 for white upholstery; $5000 for Enhanced Autopilot that brings additional driver-assist and active-safety features; and $3000 for so-called Full Self-Driving Capability that vaguely presents a future in which the Model 3 will be “capable of conducting trips with no action required by the person in the driver’s seat.”
Two other versions are also now available to order. The rear-wheel-drive Long Range model starts at $50,000, while the all-wheel-drive Dual Motor drivetrain adds $4000 to that. The configurator now estimates that the Standard Battery model, which was once said to start at $36,000 including destination, will be available six to nine months from now.
Those who order Model 3s now will also have to wait; paying the $2500 fee begins the ordering process, but Tesla estimates delivery wait times of two to four months for the Performance model and three to five months for the other Long Range versions.
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For High Performance: 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is a great antidote for social distancing. During a summertime Saturday drive just north of Los Angeles, pedestrians wave, motorcyclists flash thumbs-ups, and a surfer pulling on his wetsuit simply points and stares. It’s the most socializing I’ve done in months.
The Taycan is Porsche’s first-ever all-electric vehicle, and the Turbo S is the most powerful version of the Taycan, so it makes sense that the car commands so much attention. The four-door sedan boasts unmistakable Porsche design elements even people who don’t care about cars can recognize: bulging fenders, a swooping roofline, all-around beauty. (It’s also got an unmistakable Porsche price: $185,000.) But the roads in and around L.A. are teeming with luxury automobiles. What’s so notable about the Turbo S?
The answer is the sound — or lack of it. When people see, say, a Tesla Model S — the Taycan’s main competitor — they aren’t surprised by the absence of engine noise; that’s what you expect from a Tesla. But a silent Porsche? That doesn’t seem right.
It does, however, feel right. Mashing the “gas” pedal to launch onto the 405 freeway, the acceleration shellacs me to my seat as two electric motors, one in front and one in back, deliver 774 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. Porsche quotes a zero-to-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds, but it’s likely even quicker than that. Plus, the Turbo S has something other EVs don’t — a second gear, which helps maintain acceleration up to the car’s 161-mph top speed.
With an EPA-rated range of just 192 miles, the Turbo S might not be ideal for road trips. But it offers a surprisingly comfortable ride while still handling like a Porsche. It carved up canyon roads in Malibu with Teutonic precision, despite weighing in at a whopping 5,121 pounds.
And truth be told, it doesn’t do it in actual silence. The Turbo S features a standard “Electric Sport Sound” system that broadcasts acceleration noise inside and outside the cabin, like a techno remix of a high-revving gas engine. “It sounds like being in a spaceship,” a passenger in my car said. Considering the Turbo S is a feat of engineering that moves far quicker than humans have any business moving, that’s a pretty apt description. —Ky Henderson
For Everyone: 2020 Nissan Leaf
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Like those familiar posters of ape-to-man evolution, the Nissan Leaf shows how EVs have morphed from grunting primitives into smarter, socialized beings. The 2010 Leaf was the world’s first mass-produced EV for a global audience. But I still remember cringing at its clown-car looks and meager 73-mile range.
Here in 2020, the new Leaf Plus can roam up to 226 miles on a charge — three times the original’s abilities. This is a legitimate car, not a compromised science project, a generously featured hatchback that’s cemetery-quiet and relaxing to drive. Welcome gains include a 45 percent stronger, 214-horsepower motor. Robust, 100-kilowatt fast charging allows the Leaf to slurp up an 80-percent charge in 45 minutes. And Nissan’s available ProPilot Assist delivers a useful, affordable suite of robotic driver aids, including steering assist on highways, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. The price can creep uncomfortably into Tesla Model 3 territory — my deluxe Leaf SL Plus cost $44,825 (though a basic S Plus can be had for $39,125). But a federal tax credit eases the blow. —Lawrence Ulrich
For All-Around Luxury: 2021 Jaguar I-Pace
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SUVs tend to be bulky and utilitarian, focused on either surviving off-road adventures or shuttling the kids from school to practice (pre- pandemic, anyway). But the Jaguar I-Pace (from $69,850) is straight-up gorgeous.
It’s also a blast to drive. Along the iconic Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains, the I-Pace kept up with smaller cars through the twists and turns. A brief detour up Mount Wilson saw the Jag eat up the narrow road’s tight corners. Meanwhile, roomy seats and a comprehensive (if sometimes hard-to-use) infotainment system helped keep everyone happy inside.
On the way back down the mountain, the regenerative braking system — it’s how EVs recharge their batteries on the fly — slowed the vehicle whenever my foot came off the pedal. At times it was too eager, but the function can be softened via an onscreen menu. And with the I-Pace’s 394 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and crisp handling, you’ll want to keep your foot on the floor anyway. —KH
For the City-Dweller: 2020 Mini Electric
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If you’re in the market for a handy urban errand runner, look no further than the Mini Cooper SE. On the surface, it’s the same Mini people know and love — a frisky-handling, high-design British coupe by way of BMW. (The German automaker owns Mini, and the Cooper’s sophisticated chassis and electric tech is shared with BMW’s i3.) The SE squirts from zero to 60 mph in a peppy 6.9 seconds, darts around lumbering SUVs in city traffic, and grips the pavement like mad with its sticky Goodyear tires. You’ll spot the electric Mini by its kicky “energetic yellow” exterior mirrors and trim and its funky alloy wheels, whose three-hole pattern recalls a British electrical outlet. Meanwhile the interior reads posh, from the light-ringed orb of its center display screen to sport seats clad in diamond-pattern, eco-friendly faux leather.
The downside: The Mini is so tiny, its makers could only stuff so much battery inside, a lithium-ion pack just one-third the size of the largest Tesla units. Still, my test drives in Miami and New York proved the Mini could go more than 130 miles on a charge, easily stretching past its official 110-mile range. You’d be surprised how long that is when you’re just commuting or short-hopping.
Plus, batteries are heavy and expensive as hell, so the Mini’s T-shaped pack makes for a lightweight and ultra-affordable EV: $23,250 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. That price is in line with gasoline-powered econoboxes that can’t touch the Mini’s style or performance, let alone its zero tailpipe emissions. —LU
For the Tech-Obsessed: Tesla Model Y
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Tesla makes electric cars. But what it’s really doing is chipping away at mainstream America’s resistance to electric cars, one innovative model at a time. The latest is the Model Y, a piercing shot into the SUV-loving, traffic-stressed heart of the American buyer. Go ahead, trot out all those reasons why an EV doesn’t work for you. The Model Y knocks them dead, and adds onboard digital fart noises to remind you that Elon Musk still has a sense of humor (really — hit the whoopee-cushion logo in the vehicle’s accompanying app).
“Fun” certainly describes the Model Y, which can time-warp to 60 mph in as little as 3.5 seconds. That’s faster than several fossil-fueled, and increasingly fossilized, high-performance SUVs. On New York’s roller-coaster Taconic Parkway, the Model Y glided past slowpokes in addictive, stealth-assault fashion, its dual electric motors emitting the barest whine and whisper. A limbo-low center of gravity, a signature of EVs that pack their batteries below the floor, helped the Model Y slingshot through curves with grace and pace alike.
So-called range anxiety is also banished: The Long Range version, starting from $52,900, can cruise for 316 miles on a full electric “tank.” That’s enough for round trips from New York to the Hamptons, or Los Angeles to Palm Springs, with miles to spare. An ingenious heat pump, a first for any Tesla, aims to preserve driving range in freezing-cold temperatures, long a challenge for electric vehicles. And when it’s time to juice up, Musk’s sprawling Supercharger network can add up to 158 miles of driving range in just 15 minutes on the plug.
That nationwide network, now with more than 7,600 charge spots in North America, underlines perhaps the biggest competitive gap between Tesla and its rivals: an Apple-like ecosystem that takes all the guesswork and hassle out of the user experience, from a hyperintuitive, 15-inch central touchscreen interface to over-the-air software updates. Within minutes, Tesla updated my Model Y to sample beta versions of its latest Autopilot functions, including the ability to halt robotically for stoplights and stop signs. (The latter seems a bit of a work in progress, but it’s coming.)
Tesla was also ahead of rivals in understanding that people live through their phones. So a smartphone app replaces a traditional key, pre-cools or heats the cabin, and even summons this slope-roofed SUV to drive itself out of parking spaces (at short range). And the Model Y’s new wireless charging is one of those brilliant ideas that seems inevitable in hindsight: A driver’s and a passenger’s phone sit side-by-side on the console, in plain view, on a rubberized pad that holds them rock steady even during the hardest cornering. Expect other car companies to follow suit quickly.
Equally inevitable, it seems, is that the Model Y will supplant its Model 3 sedan sibling as America’s, and the world’s, favorite EV. That California-built Model 3 found 300,000 buyers last year, nearly three times as many as its nearest global rival. To that, the Model Y adds not just the latest upgrades and tech, but the up-high seating, standard all-wheel-drive, and versatile space that have led SUVs to crushing market domination.
THE 2020 TESLA LINEUP
- 2020 Model S – Full-size sedan
- 2020 Model 3 – Standard/mid-size sedan
- 2020 Model X – Sports utility vehicle (SUV)
- 2020 Model Y – Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV)
2020 TESLA MODEL S
First introduced in 2012, the Model S is more than just the quintessential electric sedan: it’s the electric car that proved that electric cars could be sexy, fun, and attainable. Well, with a starting price of $69,490, I suppose it’s “attainable for some”.https://65dcda29553c2e8ed6a183314d1c1fff.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
2020 MODEL S TRIMS
The 2020 Tesla Model S comes in the following trims:
- Long Range Plus – $74,990
- Performance – $94,990
Both the Model S trims include dual-motor all-wheel-drive, Tesla’s legendary minimalist interior with massive infotainment screen, and all the amenities you can expect from a luxury sedan.
You can upgrade either of the Model S trims with the Full Self-Driving Capability (FSD) for $8,000.
2020 MODEL S PERFORMANCE FIGURES
The legendary performance figures that made the 2012 Model S such a sleeper persist in the 2020 model year. Tesla has continuously refined and upgraded the Model S over time, resulting in a sedan that outperforms just about anything else on the road everywhere but the racetrack.
- 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus 0-60 mph – 3.7 seconds
- 2020 Tesla Model S Performance 0-6 mph – 2.3 seconds
2020 MODEL S ENGINE & POWERTRAIN
In both trims, the Model S uses dual electric motors that are capable of providing power independently to any wheel. These engines run a single-speed transmission, meaning that you never have to shift.
- 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus – 534 hp & 557 lb-ft of torque
- 2020 Tesla Model S Performance – 778 hp & 841 lb-ft of torque
2020 MODEL S RANGE & ECONOMY
The Model S is the car that demonstrated that an electric car could have a long-range and be suitable as your only car.
- 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus – 402 miles total range
- 2020 Tesla Model S Performance – 348 miles total range
According to FuelEconomy.gov, the 2020 Model S has a combined 111 MPGe, which makes it more than three times as energy-efficient than some of its internal-combustion powered competitors.
2020 MODEL S COMPETITORS
2020 is an exciting year for electric cars, with several so-called “Tesla Killers” being released this year and competition from European luxury brands steadily rising. If you’re looking for an electric luxury sedan, and you don’t want to look at Tesla’s “baby” Model 3, these are the three closest competitors:
- For perhaps the first time, the Model S has found a true competitor from another marque: the 2020 Porsche Taycan. Like the Model S, the Taycan is a four-door luxury sedan that prioritizes driving dynamics, feel, and fit and finish. A base Taycan starts at $103,800.
- The 2020 Polestar 2, which uses the same architecture as Volvo’s excellent XC40, is Volvo’s answer to the Model S. While it doesn’t have quite the same range or power, it is considerably less expensive, starting at $63,000.
- The 2020 Audi E-Tron sportback is a seriously good-looking all-electric Audi sedan, with 402 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. Starting at $77,495, it’s aimed squarely at the Model S and the top-trim “Edition One” rings in at “just” $88,495, making it a compelling alternative to the Tesla.
2020 TESLA MODEL 3
First released in 2017, the Model 3 was an important car for Tesla. The Model 3 proved that Tesla could make an affordable sedan and produce said sedan in volume. The success of the Model 3 has helped fuel the Tesla mania that has infected Wall Street.
The 2020 Model 3 comes in three trims – Standard Range Plus, Long Range, and Performance – and starts at $37,990.
2020 TESLA MODEL 3 TRIMS
The 2020 Model 3 comes in three trims:
- Standard Range Plus (RWD) – $37,990
- Long Range (AWD) – $46,990
- Performance (AWD) – $54,990
The Standard Range Plus trim only uses a single electric motor and is rear-wheel-drive, whereas the Long Range and Performance trims use dual electric motors for an all-wheel-drive configuration.
You can add full-self-driving (FSD) functionality to any Model 3 for $8,000.
2020 TESLA MODEL 3 ENGINE & POWERTRAIN
The 2020 Model 3 comes in either a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive powertrain in single or dual-motor configurations.
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus – 283 hp / 307 lb-ft of torque.
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range – 346 hp / 389 lb-ft of torque.
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance – 450 hp / 307 lb-ft of torque.
2020 MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE FIGURES
The Model 3 carries on the tradition of insane acceleration and performance figures.https://65dcda29553c2e8ed6a183314d1c1fff.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus 0-60 mph – 5.3 seconds
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range 0-60 mph – 4.4 seconds
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance 0-60 mph – 3.2 seconds
While the Model 3 doesn’t break the sub-3 second 0-60 mph figure, it comes very close.
2020 MODEL 3 RANGE & ECONOMY
Unlike the Model S, range for the Model 3 ranges heavily based on its trim.
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus range – 250 miles
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range range– 322 miles
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance range – 299 miles
According to FuelEconomy.gov, the Model 3 sees anywhere from 113 MPGe (performance) to 141 MPGe (standard range plus).
2020 MODEL 3 COMPETITORS
Like the Model S, the Model 3 has few true competitors that can match it from a price, performance, and range perspective. However, these three competitors are worth considering:
- 2020 Chevrolet Bolt – Starting at just $37,495, the Bolt EV is GM’s entrant into the affordable electric segment. While the bolt fails to achieve the same blistering performance figures of the Model 3, it does sport 200 hp and a 259-mile range.
- 2020 Mini Coper SE Electric – Starting at $37,750, the Mini EV produces 181 hp but is limited to a limited range of just 110 miles.
- 2020 Nissan Leaf – The latest Leaf enjoys a range of up to 214 miles in the Plus trim, or 151 miles from the standard trim. Starting at $31,600, the Leaf is a good blend of affordability and range.
2020 TESLA MODEL X
Released for the 2015 model year, the Model X was first unveiled as a prototype in 2012 – the same year that the Model S hit the streets. The Model X takes the same approach to the SUV segment that the Model S takes to the luxury sedan segment: insane horsepower, incredible performance, and innovative technology and feature sets.
With falcon-wing doors and an ultra-low center of gravity for an SUV, the Model X is easily the standout EV in the SUV segment.
2020 TESLA MODEL X TRIMS
The 2020 model X comes in two trims:
- Long Range Plus – $79,990
- Performance – $99,990
Both trims use dual electric motors in an all-wheel-drive configuration.
You can add full-self-driving (FSD) functionality for $8,000 as well as optional upgrades to a six-seat interior or seven-seat interior for $6,500 and $3,500, respectively.
2020 TESLA MODEL X ENGINE & POWERTRAIN
Every 2020 Model X comes with an all-wheel-drive powertrain.
- 2020 Tesla Model X Long Range Plus – 534 hp / 620 lb-ft of torque
- 2020 Tesla Model X Performance – 778 hp / 841 lb-ft of torque
2020 TESA MODEL X PERFORMANCE FIGURES
The 2020 Model X is, frankly, one of the fastest SUVs on the planet, with acceleration figures that were previously only ever seen on hypercars.
- 2020 Tesla Model X Long Range Plus 0-60 mph – 4.4 seconds
- 2020 Tesla Model X Performance 0-60 mph – 2.6 seconds
2020 TESA MODEL X RANGE & ECONOMY
Both trims of the Model X enjoy long ranges.
- 2020 Tesla Model X Long Range Plus range – 351 miles
- 2020 Tesla Model X Performance range – 305 miles
2020 TESA MODEL X COMPETITORS
The 2020 Model X is the defining SUV in its segment, though there are offerings from peers that offer great ownership and driving experiences. The top three Model X competitors:
- 2020 Jaguar I-PACE – The I-PACE is a gorgeous EV – arguably the best looking of them all – and is specc’d out comparably to the Model X. Starting at $69,850 and coming with a 394 hp AWD powertrain, the I-PACE is one slick SUV-EV.
- The 2020 Audi E-Tron is a good looking Wagon, with 402 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. Starting at $74,800 for the Premium Plus trim, the E-Tron offers 204 miles of range and a 5.5 second 0-60 mph sprint.
- The 2020 Tesla Model Y is a smaller CUV with comparable power and performance for a lot less money. Don’t need a full-size SUV and falcon-wing doors? Look at the Model Y.
2020 TESLA MODEL Y
The Model Y is the most important car in Tesla’s lineup. With SUV’s continuing their sales dominance, and with CUV’s quickly breaking out as the standout segment, having a competitor in the CUV space is important not just for sales, but for representation as well.
Based off the Model 3, Tesla’s Model Y is new for the 2020 model year and has been warmly received by the market.
2020 TESLA MODEL Y TRIMS
For the 2020 model year you can grab your Model Y in two trims, both of which use a dual motor all-wheel-drive configuration:
- Long Range – $49,990
- Performance – $59,990
You can option the Model Y by adding a tow hitch ($1,000), full-self-drive capability ($8,000), and upgrade to a seven-seat interior for $3,000 (not available until 2021).
2020 TESLA MODEL Y ENGINE & POWERTRAIN
This section will be updated once these figures can be properly confirmed.
2020 TESA MODEL Y PERFORMANCE FIGURES
The Tesla tradition of creating vehicles that can distort your face when accelerating continues in the Model Y, with both models having sports car-esque performance.
- 2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range 0-6 mph – 4.8 seconds
- 2020 Tesla Model Y Performance 0-60 mph – 3.6 seconds
2020 TESA MODEL Y RANGE & ECONOMY
Like other Tesla’s, the Modal Y enjoys long-range and is more than suitable as a daily vehicle/primary vehicle.
- 2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range – 316 miles
- 2020 Tesla Model Y Performance – 291 miles
According to FuelEconomy.Gov, the 2020 Model Y will see around 121 MPGe combined.
2020 TESA MODEL Y COMPETITORS
There is a surprisingly large number of affordable CUV/SUV EV’s that compete with the Model Y, though none off comparable performance potential. The top 3 Model Y competitors:
- 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric – For a scant $37,190 you can land yourself a 201 hp EV with 258 miles of range. Sure, it lacks the same sex appeal as the Model Y, but you aren’t buying the Kona to be sexy.
- 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E – Ford’s unusually named EV SUV is priced to go toe to toe with the Model Y, with a starting price of $43,895 for an estimated 230 miles of range and 255 hp in a RWD platform.
- 2020 Kida Nero EV – With 239 miles of range and 201 horsepower, the $39,090 Niro is a solid competitor that looks like a traditional CUV ought to.