The least-expensive all-wheel-drive Tesla electric cars are now more expensive than ever.
Tesla quietly upped the cost of entry by $1,000 on the Long Range versions of its Model 3 sedan and its Model Y SUV. The price hike only applies to new orders placed for its cars.
- Model 3 Long Range: $49,990
- Model Y Long Range: $53,990
There is still a less-expensive, rear-wheel-drive version of the sedan, though the short-lived, long-promised $35,000 Model 3 only made a brief appearance and doesn’t seem likely to return. A standard-range version of the Model 3 costs $10,000 less than the Long Range, but it’s down 90 miles of range. Tesla does not currently offer a standard-range, rear-wheel-drive Model Y.
Tesla is the only automaker to have consistently posted lower year-over-year average transaction prices — the amount a consumer pays before any rebates or local taxes. However, that’s not because Tesla has been making individual models cheaper; it’s because the Model Y introduced last year now accounts for about half of the company’s sales.
Unlike other automakers, Tesla bypasses dealers to sell its cars directly to consumers — albeit through a convoluted system that skirts franchise laws in most states. Tesla does not offer rebates or discounts off of its Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. See Tesla models for sale