Going from a Model Y to Model 3 – Here’s What We Found


Going from a Model Y to Model 3 - Here’s What We Found

Transportation is a part of daily life, so finding the right vehicle for your driving needs is important. Tesla has a range of models to choose from that just might steal your eye and be worth the investment. If you currently own a Model Y and are looking for a new Tesla vehicle, then the Model 3 might be a good choice.

Going from a Model Y to a Model 3 is a major difference. The Model 3 sacrifices space and comfort for performance and appearance. While both models offer different packages to fine tune drivers’ needs, the Model 3 is a much more powerful sports car.

Choosing between two options can sometimes be a hard choice. What if you were faced with choosing between keeping your Model Y or going to a Model 3? That could be a big decision, especially if you do not know everything there is about a Model Y or Model 3. Read on to learn about the transition from a Model Y to a Model 3.

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Going from a Model Y to a Model 3

Choosing between the two of these vehicles may be very difficult when they both seem very aesthetically pleasing based on appearances. So it all depends on your needs, wants and daily life to make the decision on whether you want to make the switch.

This article will spell out everything you need to know to decide between two great options to help you find the best fit. This article will be going through the following areas in detail for you:

  • What does the Model Y and the Model 3 have in common?
  • Differences between the Model Y and Model 3?
  • Facts about the Model Y and Model 3

You will receive the facts you need to know to stay properly informed about both Tesla models. However, keep in mind that the Model 3 is rumored to be one of the best vehicles you can purchase at this time. 

What Do the Model Y and the Model 3 Have in Common?

Tesla has created vehicles that are fully chargeable. This means no more pesky gas stations, not as many fumes in the air. They have established multiple charging stations all throughout that you can stop at and get your favorite Tesla model “fueled” back up, but with electricity instead of gas.

The Tesla Model Y and 3 both have incredible technology to assist you while driving. Both models were produced with cameras that see around the vehicle to optimize your driving experience. This allows you to see in front of your vehicle, behind your vehicle or the sides of your vehicle while commuting. This can assist you when you are driving too close to another vehicle, backing your vehicle or even switching lanes.

The Tesla Model Y and 3 also both have the latest technology inside of the vehicle to assist you. Both Models have a touch screen displayed on the dash area of the vehicle. In this time of the world touch screen items are very popular, especially inside of a vehicle. You will get to look at a 15 inch screen for all your needs regardless of your choice.

Tesla also optimizes vehicles with what we call the “drives itself” feature, the technical name is “Auto Pilot”. This feature allows you to sit back and let the vehicle do the work. This feature is available on all models, although not a standard feature so it will increase your pricing.

Differences between the Model Y and the Model 3

Tesla manufactures multiple different packages of the Model Y and Model 3. We have a need for speed, so we chose the performance package for both.

Every model vehicle you look at will each have different pros and cons. Doing the research to know what each option has will help you become more informed. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between the Model Y and the Model 3.

The Model 3

Tesla produces the Model 3 in three separate ranges, the “standard range plus”, “Long range” and the “Performance”. Here is information provided directly from Tesla’s performance evaluations to your eyes.

Standard Range Plus

The standard range plus feature on the Model 3 is the cheapest option but still has all the amenities as the other ranges. This option is the best price you will find as the Model 3 starts out in the 30,000s and the prices rise with each range and vehicle model.

The Model 3 Standard Range Plus is the following;

  • Rear-wheel drive
  • The starting price is around $35,690, without customizations
  • It has an estimate of 263 miles on one battery charge
  • It is estimated to go from zero to sixty in 5.3 seconds
  • The top speed is approximately 140 mph

If you are looking for a lower price on the Model 3 and are not concerned with the top speed of the vehicle or smaller size this model may be a fit for you. Low price, good mileage and enough speed to get you where you need to go.

Long Range

The long range option for the Model 3 is the next price range up from the base price for this Model. Beginning with this range to the performance range the vehicle switches from a rear-wheel drive vehicle to all wheel drive.

The Model 3 Long range option is the following;

  • Dual motor all wheel drive
  • The starting price is around $44,690, without customizations
  • It has an estimate of 353 miles on one battery charge
  • It is estimated to go from zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds
  • The top speed is approximately 145 mph

If you are looking for a vehicle that can travel farther on a single charge but also has a decent speed on it this may be a model to consider. The Long Range Model 3 is capable of traveling farthest on one charge than the other two ranges!

Switching from the Model Y to the Model 3 Long range could give you the extra distance you want to drive with the sport appeal.

Performance

The Performance Range is the fastest option of the Model 3, topping out around 165 mph. This is also the highest priced Model 3 without customizations added on to the vehicle.

The Performance Model 3 gives you the highest top speed on the model 3 as well as the fastest increase from zero to sixty seconds.

The Model 3 Performance range includes the following;

  • Dual motor all wheel drive
  • The starting price is around $52,690, without customizations
  • It has an estimate of 315 miles on one battery charge, the performance option does make the mileage estimate drop by a few numbers
  • It is estimated to go from zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds, this is faster than the other two range options for the model 3
  • The top speed is approximately 162 mph, also significantly faster than the other two options

Transitioning from the Model Y to the Model 3 Performance range will cut on size but add on speed. This package was our choice due to the need for speed, handling, and style. This could have you in a sporty vehicle that not only looks good but goes fast.

The Model Y

Tesla produces two forms of the Model Y, which would be the “long range” and “performance”.

Long Range

The Long Range option for the Model Y  is the lowest range you are able to purchase in the Y’s. The Model Y pricing starts out at the bottom price of high 48,000s and continues to rise through range prices and customizations.

The Model Y Long range option is the following;

  • Dual motor all wheel drive
  • The starting price is around $48,690, without extra customizations
  • It has an estimate of 326 miles on a single charge
  • It is estimated to go from zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds
  • The top speed is approximately 135 mph

The Long Range option for the Model Y allows you to travel farther in comfort. This range does not have a high speed and doesn’t have the sporty aesthetic appeal that the Model 3 has.

Performance

The Performance range for the Model Y is the top range that you can purchase for this model. The pricing starts out around the 56,000s and increases.

The Performance range option allows you to have the faster speeds with the comfort of a larger vehicle.

The Model Y Performance range option is the following:

  • Dual motor all wheel drive
  • The starting price is around $56,690, without extra customizations
  • Estimate of 303 miles on a single charge, this is a significant drop in the distance due to the upgrade of more power
  • It is estimated to go from zero to sixty in 3.5 seconds, this makes up for the low miles
  • The top speed is approximately 155 mph

While the Model Y performance package was a nice vehicle, sacrificing the space and comfort was a worthwhile tradeoff based on what we were looking for. The acceleration of the Model Y simply did not compare to the Model 3.

Facts about the Model Y and Model 3

The fact is, the Model 3 is the way to go for speed, appeal and is voted one of the top vehicles. Making the switch will change your traveling experience.

The Model 3 is continuing to evolve and produce the latest in the 2021 editions. This is the hottest model right now for the hottest prices. Tesla technology is forever changing in this industry to stay at the top of the market.

Model Y

Production on Tesla’s Model Y began in the year of 2020, so it is fairly new. The Model Y is a larger vehicle that is more hatchback and less sporty. Tesla is currently only producing the 5 seat Model Y’s but are reportedly going to release a 7 seat model Y option at a later time. The 7 seat option is reportedly going to have smaller seats in the rear area.

Model Y also includes the latest charging options for your smartphones on the go. They have incorporated a wireless charger section to assist with charging up to two phones without being “plugged in”. This means you are capable of charging two phones at one time and not have to fight over a charging cord. The vehicle also has USB plug in options, for the ones that need the extra charging options.

The Model Y has the best option of storage between the Y and 3 due to its larger body style. A bigger body on the vehicle equals more storage space for you or the family.

This model is also equipped with even more technology on the exterior and interior to make your experience the best. It is equipped with a self closing hatchback with just the push of a button. You are also able to press a button to have the seats fold down in the backseat without manually doing it yourself like you would have to in the Model 3.

Model 3

The Model 3 is the sporty version Tesla produces. The bottom line here is this – there is no other model that offers the same level of performance as the Model 3. The benefit of this vehicle being sporty is you have the speed, technology, and design for you to ride in style.

The Model 3 Tesla was produced in the year 2017, so it has been around 3 years longer than the Model Y. This means some technology may be a little outdated. For example you’ll have to fold down the rear seats yourself instead of with a button.

Of course, performance always comes at a cost. This model has smaller features and makes you feel like you’re sitting lower when inside. The Model 3 does have fewer storage options than the Model Y. Your regular trunk space is smaller, but the storage area in the front of the vehicle is still available for use.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, going from a Model Y to a Model 3 is a great decision, but will ultimately depend on your preferences and needs as a driver. The Model Y is a larger vehicle that offers more comfort and more electronics, but not the sport appeal. Alternatively, the Model 3 offers a more appealing design and a performance upgrade that you might be looking for.

In many cases, the switch from a Model Y to a Model 3 is a great tradeoff.

Greg

Hi, I'm Greg. My daily driver is a Tesla Model 3 Performance. I've learned a ton about Teslas from hands-on experience and this is the site where I share everything I've learned.

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