If you’re in the market for a Tesla sedan, then you might be wondering if you should buy a Model 3 or a Model S. Nowadays, a used Model S (ie., 4-5 years old) can be as inexpensive or even more inexpensive as a Model 3. However, with a used Model S, the car might be out of warranty and you might not have the latest features like Autopilot.
In my opinion, the Tesla Model 3 is the preferred car unless you really need or want the Model S. The Model S has more cargo room so is much better for road trips, especially if you have a family. Even though the Model 3 has more cargo room compared to its competitors, the Model S is in a class by itself in terms of cargo room. The rear hatchback design and fold-down seats (the Model 3 also has fold-down seats) allow one to pack a ton in the back. With my 2013 P85 I was able to haul home a 70″ TV in the box… that’s right, the whole box fit into the car which is quite amazing.
The Model S also is a more smooth and comfortable ride on the freeway. So if you’re doing a lot of freeway driving, especially if you have a very long commute, then the Model S might be the preferred choice. In my own tests, I found my 2013 Model S P85 to be about 2dB quieter than the Model 3 as well.
The Model S is also more prestigious and eye-catching. It’s a larger car but also the design intent of the car is more flashy than the humbler, less conspicuous Model 3. So, if you’re looking for a prestigious car, then the Model S is the way to go.
However, if you’re not taking road trips with your family and don’t have long freeway commutes, then I was generally suggest the Model 3 is the way to go. The Model 3 is a dream to drive with superb handling and performance. It’s got everything a Tesla needs to have, including a 15″ center screen with navigation and media. Autopilot is fantastic and is only getting better with software updates. And the Model 3 is a more efficient car, meaning with less energy you’ll be able to go farther.
The amazing thing about the Model 3 is that it does not feel cheap compared to its much more expensive bigger brother, the Model S. The Model 3 feels like driving the future, and it’s by far the best car in its class.