Everyone’s always asking whats the performance difference between the Model 3 Long Range and the Standard Range. This excellent video from CarWow shows the difference in a drag race.

Here is our most popular Long Range Model 3-Kitana and our Most Popular Standard Range Model 3 – Rayden.

Let’s delve into more detailed comparison of the differences between both trims.

  • 1. Range and Performance:

    • Model 3 Long Range: As the name suggests, the Long Range variant offers an extended range on a single charge, making it suitable for those with longer commutes or frequent travelers. With an EPA-rated range of over 350 miles, this version assures ample range for most driving scenarios. Moreover, the Long Range model boasts impressive acceleration, capable of reaching 0-60 mph in just over 4 seconds, delivering the signature Tesla performance.
    • Model 3 Standard Range: While offering a slightly lower price point, the Standard Range version sacrifices some range and performance compared to its Long Range counterpart. With an EPA-rated range of around 250 miles, it provides adequate range for daily commuting and short trips. The acceleration is slightly slower, but still respectable, with a 0-60 mph time of around 5.3 seconds.

    2. Charging and Convenience:

    • Model 3 Long Range: With its extended range, the Long Range model provides greater flexibility in terms of charging frequency and travel distance. Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network ensures convenient access to fast charging stations, enabling long-distance travel with minimal downtime. Additionally, the extended range reduces the need for frequent charging stops during daily commutes or road trips.
    • Model 3 Standard Range: While offering sufficient range for typical daily driving needs, the Standard Range variant may require more frequent charging stops, especially for longer journeys. However, Tesla’s expanding Supercharger network and home charging options mitigate this inconvenience to a considerable extent, making it a practical choice for urban dwellers or those with access to home charging facilities.

    4. Considerations and Conclusion:

    • Usage Patterns: Consider your typical driving habits and usage patterns when choosing between the Model 3 Long Range and Standard Range variants. If you frequently embark on long trips or prioritize range and performance, the Long Range model is likely the better choice. Conversely, if your daily driving is limited and you prioritize affordability, the Standard Range variant may suffice.
    • From our experience, when driving within the Houston, Austin and Dallas City limits, the Standard Range does just fine as well as the Long Range, however if you’re into hopping between the Texas Cities all within 2-4 hr distances, you’ll prefer the long range due to faster charging and less stopping time.

    In conclusion, both the Tesla Model 3 Long Range and Standard Range variants offer compelling features and benefits tailored to different consumer preferences and priorities. Whether you prioritize extended range and performance or seek a more budget-friendly option, Tesla’s Model 3 lineup provides versatile choices to suit various needs and lifestyles in the ever-evolving landscape of electric mobility. Ultimately, your decision should align with your specific requirements and preferences to maximize satisfaction and utility from your Tesla ownership experience.