Tesla has, over its relatively short time in the US market, established itself as the leading automaker of highly proficient and practical electric vehicles. There’s perhaps no other vehicle, other than a bicycle, that’s more eco-friendly and that leaves as small of a footprint than any of Tesla’s small cars. Along with some of the most impressive EV performance qualities in the classification, Tesla’s are also really dapper-looking cars with their futuristic aesthetics and contemporary high-tech cabins. They're phenomenally entertaining to drive, really comfortable on the roads, and incredibly safe, too. These really are the cars of the future.
Tesla Compact Car Range
All of Tesla’s small cars share a hyper-modern and minimalist exterior and interior aesthetic and are all are offered in the USA with various powertrain and battery specs:
- Model 3 - The Model 3 is Tesla’s compact luxury sedan and is presented in three varying trims. With just a single 266-horsepower electric motor and a rear-wheel-drive setup, the Standard Range Plus is the lineup's base trim, boasting a 5.3 second 0-60 mph sprint time and 263 miles of driving range. The Long Range Plus gets an additional electric motor, so all four wheels are powered, for a 4.2 second 0-60 mph run and 393 miles of range on a single charge. The Performance is charged with 450 hp, which propels it to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Its range is decreased, however, to 315 miles.
- Model Y - One of the best luxury crossover SUVs money can buy, the compact Model Y supplies exhilarating performance and unprecedented EV capability while also feasibly being able of accommodating the whole family. It’s the automaker's most affordable SUV and can be configured to seat either five or seven passengers with the addition of a third row. The Model Y shares the same platform as the Model 3 but all three trims are a tad slower and offer less range - 326/303 miles for the Long Range/Performance trims, respectively. Unfortunately, the affordable Standard Range trim has been removed from the lineup.
- Roadster - As a Tesla compact car, the Roadster has been designed to be the world's fastest, quickest, and most capable electric supercar. Put the pedal to the metal and the Roadster will teleport from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 1.9 seconds and continue rocketing forward to a top speed of 250 mph. On top of that, the fun won’t have to stop until the car has driven 620 miles. The hardtop can even be removed for some top-down revelry.
Tesla Small Car Models and Prices
|Tesla Model 3
|Tesla Model Y
What to Consider Before Buying
Tesla’s small car selection is phenomenal, catering to anyone looking for something fun and highly capable, something family-friendly, safe, and comfortable, or to those who just want a eco-friendly, zero-emissions car. Tesla’s EVs are some of the best in the world when it comes to EV performance, but there are many reviews pointing out the questionable build quality of Tesla’s cars. This has resulted in some low reliability expectations, which is even more concerning when you look at how expensive repairs and maintenance services on Tesla’s are.
- Lively, smooth, and quiet EV acceleration
- Industry-leading all-electric drive ranges
- First-rate crashworthiness and safety ratings
- Questionable build quality and reliability
- Distracting infotainment touchscreen
- Relatively expensive
Which small Tesla is the most economical?
With MPGe figures of 150/133/142 on the city/highway/combined driving cycles, the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range offers the best economy of them all. However, its lower range means more regular charging and prohibits longer trips.
How much will a fully-loaded Model 3 cost?
The price of a brand-new Tesla Model 3 can reach close to $70,000 when fully specced with the available packages and standalone add-ons.
How is the Tesla Roadster so fast?
Apart from its advanced tri-motor electric powertrain, the Roadster is also highly aerodynamic and the smallest and most lightweight car from Tesla.