These Are the 4 Tesla Cars Available Right Now [2021]


These Are the 4 Tesla Cars Available Right Now [2020]

Tesla continues to be the leading innovator in the world of electric cars. While the manufacturer only has four models available, they each offer various features fit for anyone wanting an electric alternative to the traditional gas-run vehicle. 

Four Tesla cars currently available are the Model 3, Model S, Model Y, and Model X. The Model X and Y are Tesla’s answer to the ever-popular SUV, while the other two models follow the sedan and other midsize builds. Model Y is Tesla’s most recently introduced vehicle from 2021. 

Below you will find a detailed rundown of each Tesla model, including their most distinct features so you can determine which vehicle is best for your commuting needs. 

What Tesla Cars Are Available?

There are four different Tesla models available as of 2021:

  • Model 3
  • Model S
  • Model Y
  • Model X

The Model Y was introduced in 2019 and hit the roads for the first time in the 2020 model year. It is a compact SUV, being a slightly smaller version of the Model X. A quick rundown of each model is included below. Also included are specific recommendations for those seeking a reliable SUV for the family and those wondering which model is the most energy-efficient.

*Note: Tesla plans on releasing its new models, Cybertruck and Roadster, in 2021, but for the purposes of this article, we will only cover vehicles that are now available for purchase and use. 

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is a midsize Tesla vehicle. Buyers interested in a sedan will enjoy this model, which comes with more storage space than your standard sedan; this is because there are storage areas at both the front and rear of the vehicle. 

Since the vehicle does not require all the motor space that cars usually do, there is additional available space even under the front trunk.

Here is a rundown on the 2020 Tesla Model 3’s specs:

  • Battery Range: 322 miles
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds
  • Cargo Space: 15 cubic feet
  • Recharge Time: 15 minutes for 172 miles 
  • Touchscreen Display: 15 inches; center touchscreen-only 
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 4,542 to 5,073 pounds
  • Seating Capacity: Up to 5 people

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is the sports sedan car of the Tesla lineup. The Model S can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds; this makes the Model S a more suitable option than the Model 3 if you are looking for something with a little get-up-and-go.

2020 Tesla Model S specs:

  • Battery Range: 402 miles
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds
  • Cargo Space: 28 cubic feet
  • Recharge Time: 15 minutes for 163 miles
  • Touchscreen Display: 17 inches; center touchscreen
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 5,939 to 5,997 pounds
  • Seating Capacity: Up to 5 people

Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is the compact SUV of the Tesla lineup. It is slightly smaller than the Tesla Model X. Despite this, it still has many of the features that SUV drivers have come to know and love.

2020 Tesla Model Y’s specs:

  • Battery Range: 316 miles
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Cargo Space: 68 cubic feet
  • Recharge Time: 15 minutes for 158 miles
  • Touchscreen Display: 15 inches; center touchscreen-only 
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 5,302 pounds
  • Seating Capacity: Up to 7 people

Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X is currently the largest vehicle in the Tesla lineup. It comes loaded with many of the features that come standard in SUVs; this includes more storage space and the capability to tow small trailers as needed. One of the neatest features of the Tesla Model X is the falcon wing doors at the rear of the vehicle.

Falcon wing doors are side doors that open upwards rather than sideways; this gives the vehicle a very futuristic look and feel. 

The Model X is also unique for its two display screens: a 17-inch display screen in the center of the dashboard and a 12-inch screen behind the steering wheel.

2020 Tesla Model X specs:

  • Battery Range: 351 miles
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds
  • Cargo Space: 88 cubic feet
  • Recharge Time: 15 minutes for 142 miles
  • Touchscreen Display: 17 inches; center touchscreen, 12-inch steering wheel screen
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 6,788 to 6,878 pounds
  • Seating Capacity: Up to 7 people

Which Tesla Vehicle Is Best for Families? 

The Tesla Model X and Model Y are the manufacturer’s answer to the SUV, the most popular vehicle type for families. The two models are similar in size, with the Model X being slightly larger. However, the Model X is far superior to the Y when it comes to cargo space; 20 more cubic feet of storage space has been included in the X.

Storage space is just one of the aspects that make the Model X a better family vehicle than the Model Y. It also has a more extended battery range than the Model Y; those with longer work commutes will prefer the 351-mile battery range over the 316-mile battery range of the Model Y.

The Tesla Model X also has falcon-wing doors for the second-row passenger seats. The doors are fitted with special sensors so that they do not become damaged from being opened in tight spaces. 

If you have a shorter driveway or small garage, then you will need to take the slight size difference of the Model X and Model Y into account. As the more compact option, the Model Y does still come standard with many of the features that SUV owners recognize; this includes having more storage space than a sedan and more legroom for passengers.

Which Tesla Model Is the Most Efficient?

Fuel efficiency is a bit of a misnomer for electric vehicles. That being said, there will undoubtedly be a noticeable difference in how often you will have to charge your electric car if you happen to purchase a less efficient model. For those looking to get the most out of each recharge, the Tesla Model 3 is the way to go.

Fuel efficiency in electric vehicles is measured in MPGe. This stands for “miles per gasoline-equivalent.” It was designed by the EPA to be a more readable measurement of energy efficiency for American drivers versus the Kilowatt-Hour (kWh) measurements used in Europe.

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 (Long Range) has a combined city/highway MPGe rating of 130 miles while the Model S  has a 110 MPGe. The Model 3 is thus a much more efficient sedan model than the Model S. This makes the Model 3 well-suited for travel a little farther outside the city, where you may not come across as many opportunities to charge your vehicle as you would otherwise.

Final Thoughts: Future Tesla Models & Upgrades

Tesla continues to be the leading innovator in the electric vehicle industry. In late 2021, the much-awaited Tesla Cybertruck will begin to hit the roads. The single-motor RWD (rear-wheel drive) trim will be the first to become available. 

The all-new luxury performance vehicle, the Tesla Roadster, will also be released in 2021. The Roadster does indeed come with a high price tag, but it will be capable of reaching speeds over 250 miles per hour at release.

Regarding Tesla’s current lineup, there will also be a few notable changes to these vehicles:*

  • 2021 Tesla Model 3 – Standard wireless charging and USB-C connectivity
  • 2021 Tesla Model S – A battery range of 402 miles
  • 2021 Tesla Model X – Improved acceleration to 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds

*Because the 2020 Tesla Model Y is the newest model out of the four options currently available, there are no expected updates for this vehicle as of yet. 

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