Range-Topping Tesla Model 3 Costs $59,500

Despite many doubters, Elon Musk has fulfilled his promise of offering the Tesla Model 3 from $35,000 before tax incentives. However, if customers want more than just and an entry-level Model 3, they better be prepared to pay a significant premium.

Customers of the standard Model 3 with 220 miles of range and a 5.6 second 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time will have to cough up an extra $7,500 to select the Premium Upgrade Package, custom paint and more stylish wheels, for example.

The Premium Upgrade Package includes heated seats, two rear USBs, 12-way power adjustable front seats, a premium audio system, tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection, auto dimming and heated side mirrors, LED fog lights and an improved center console.

Want to enjoy hands-free driving? Enhanced Autopilot adds $5,000, bringing the price up to $47,500 and when a few other miscellaneous options are selected, the max price for a Model S standard hits $50,500.

Those looking for greater range can adopt the Model 3 long Range for an additional $9,000, meaning its maximum price sits at $59,500 before incentives.

While prices top out at just below the $60,000 mark at the moment, they won’t stay that way. In fact, we know that an all-wheel drive version will be offered at a later date and in mid-2018, a performance version is set to join the range, possibly edging pricing towards $70,000.


  • Craiggger

    No thanks. Has anyone addressed the possible metal rotor dust mounds all over our roads if these electrics take over

    • europeon

      I like you.

    • John


    • S3XY

      It’s not a bum car for bums like you.

      • Craiggger

        beat it trash bag. Have fun loitering around like a bum while your car recharges!
        Tesla is a bum brand anyways: Gov’t subsidies and tax credits are the only thing making this company viable. You might call it a bum company, asking for handouts at every corner!

        • Silimarina

          You should look at GM and Ford before you comment bs

      • Kash

        Glad to see you still can post trash and start conversations without finishing them, like the one you started with me last week trying to say no one had ever done a key in the form of a card for cars before, and what was your phrasing something about Tesla leading the way and doing something different? I think the word “fundamental” was thrown around as well.

        I think the best part about the whole situation though is how Tesla is saying the card will be a strictly backup key while the ones from Lexus, Mazda, Honda, and everyone else were as usable as a regular key fob, as in you don’t have to press it to certain areas/points on the vehicle to do certain things like you’ll have to do with the Model 3.

    • SteersUright

      Never heard of this issue. Is shedding metal dust a common thing? Are there no filters or magnets to catch this debris if so?


    bmw i3 is far cheaper

    • Sébastien

      LOL, Yeah a Mercedes B class too

    • S3XY

      Clown car vs. Sleek sexy sedan. Tough choice.

    • John Smith

      Ironically the top I3 optioned out i3 is exactly $59,130.

  • Bash

    I have two words and cant be more simple than that…. (Still Expensive)….
    Entry level they Said!!!!!!!!!!

    • S3XY

      $35,000 for base model no options. Exactly what Elon said.

      Mercedes advertised their CLA at $29,995 being the “Most affordable Mercedes ever” and absolutely no one got one for that price.

      • However, I think the issue is that you can’t actually buy a $35K Tesla. The entry model won’t be available until early next year*. The cheapest the Model 3 is currently $44K. That only pushes further out of the ‘affordable’ circle. You can get a decent 3-Series, C-Class, IS etc… for that price.

        *Elon hasn’t actually confirmed when next year, more as a once the initial orders are completed and when the factory can produce at a much higher capacity, then it’ll be introduced.

    • Infinite1

      Agreed, sure the car’s price is 35K before taxes, but you’re charged a premium price for the PUP which comes standard in other cars. That’s if the dealerships don’t mark up the price like they normally do. I understand Elon trying to make it affordable, but at the account of people not wanting a base car, it would push potential buyers to look elsewhere since it’s neck and neck with cars that can be had with more features, look better, and have a following as well as a history.

      • Bash

        That is exactly it. i couldn’t have put it together better than you.

  • S3XY

    No comparable car to any Tesla, in classes and on levels of their own. They are worth every single penny. The superior automobile.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Do you work for Tesla? Or are you just brainwashed from drinking the $24 bottle of Tesla Kool-aid? There are MANY, and I mean MANY cars comparable and better than Tesla. Tesla makes a nice car(aside from the Model 3), but don’t kid yourself to think they are the best out of anything available to buy now or in the future. You would be sadly mistaken.

      • Craiggger

        I’d like to see Telsa stand on thier own 2 feet and compete with other brand instead of taking Gov’t subsidies

        • Silimarina

          Like GM, Ford?Ohh never mind, GM and Ford had billions of $ in gov. money (much more than Tesla) without paying back. Tesla payed back the 400+ million $ ahead of time + interest

      • Status

        He’s like the polar opposite of that anti-Tesla douche from 6 months ago.

    • gary4205

      Superior to Soviet Era Tribiants and Yugos….maybe.

  • BlackPegasus

    Seatbelts will cost an extra $2,900 as an option.
    Headrests are free but the bucket seats they attach to will cost $5,900.

    • benT

      can’t get my head that far in bud – what are you saying

      • Rick Alexander

        I believe BlackPegasus is being sarcastic in his sentiments.

  • benT

    450,000 + orders worldwide still standing inline.

  • MarketAndChurch

    My dream has always been a hybrid or electric that can handle very well, do 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds, and get 50mpg or more driving in the city for under $50,000.

    This car is the next best thing, and you can get it for $50,000.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      If you have to have NEW take the hit on a model 3 and lose a lot of change. But if you want get a superior car under your $50k budget…shop pre-owned and enjoy the better big brother.


      • MarketAndChurch

        Absolutely incredible, I didn’t even think of getting a Model S used, but at that price its an absolute steal. Looks hell of a lot better than the Model 3 too.

  • LeStori

    Still premature to buy an electric car for most people. A luxury item at the moment.

    With electric cars apparently producing more particulates than a conventional petrol engined car, I wonder if we will soon be having ‘unforeseen’ problems from electric/hybrids. It is likely that electric/hybrids will fill the air with as many toxins as a dirty diesel engine. Certainly early reports seem to indicate that. Time will tell whether they are true. Might be a case of out of the frying pan and into another ‘ecco’ fire.

  • Joe Grant

    This car is aimed to compete with the BMW 3-Series and other mid sized saloons, and when those cars are fully specced up (330i/340i) they cost pretty much the same.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    So $7500 to get all the stuff every other manufacturer includes as standard? Wow…what a deal…And we haven’t even talked about the cost of leather interior over textile (or fancy way to say cloth). Personally, I’d buy the much better looking, faster, longer range Model S.

  • John Smith

    For all the research adverse people, in comparison an BMW 3 series sedan starts at $33450, plus $995 destination charge($34445) and tops out at over $60K. It just keeps climbing if you add things like carbon fiber mirror caps($770), so the price can get closer to $70k. Anybody complaining about the Model 3’s price is clueless.

  • Rick Alexander

    I’m not a fanboy, but I don’t understand what all the naysayers are on about. You complain that the Model 3 isn’t worth the money. However, please tell me what car, at present, can match the performance, range, and or amenities at this price point. If we’re talking about the entry model, it’s not like you’re getting a barebones car. The base-spec Model 3 will cost $35,000 before any remaining federal and state tax credits. Then add $1,200 for destination charges. The base model will be black, with a Tesla-estimated range of 220 miles and 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.6 seconds. (If you want a color other than black, it’ll add $1,000.) Notable standard equipment counts WiFi and LTE internet connectivity, navigation, and the hardware to enable active safety systems, including eight cameras, forward radar, and a dozen ultrasonic sensors. So… please tell me what new production car out there, can be had for under 40 large, that matches these specs. Hybrids don’t count either. The full electric models currently available, are either hideous to look at (Nissan Leaf), extremely expensive (Rimac Concept S), or just strange (BMW i8). I’ll probably go the used Tesla Model S route, since I prefer the look of that more. However, I’ll wait until I see the Model 3 in the flesh to be certain.

    • trentbg

      I am all on board with Tesla, but if you dont live in CA, MA, AZ, IL and MD, you can kiss those federal and state tax credits good bye.

  • LJ

    Wait… you have to pay extra to get the car in a color?

  • Sjaak

    Reminds me of the Citroen 2 CV

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