The cheapest Tesla is even cheaper for 2021, while the most expensive Tesla gets even pricier.

Unlike other automakers, Tesla sells its vehicles directly to consumers – you can order one via the company’s website or at any of its galleries and company-owned showrooms. That might allow the company to save some cash on logistics, with some cost savings passed on to the customer.

Unfortunately for Tesla buyers, the company's federal tax credit granted to EV buyers expired at the end of 2019. Here’s what you’ll have to pay to get behind the wheel of all present and future Tesla models, including the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y, as well as the upcoming Cybertruck and Semi and the future Roadster.

2021 Tesla Model 3 – Starting At $36,990

How Much Is A Tesla Model 3?

Tesla’s most affordable car is the very cool Model 3. Not only was the Model 3 the top selling electric car in the U.S. during 2019, it outsold all the other EVs on the market combined.

  Purchase Price Fully Loaded Range
Standard Range Plus

$36,990

$49,990 263 Miles
Long Range (Dual Motor)

$45,990

$58,990

353 Miles

Performance

$55,990

$67,490

315 Miles

As on every other Tesla, full self-driving capability is a $10,000 option on top of standard Autopilot driver-assist technology. Fancy paint is another cost option, up to $2,000 for the luscious Red multi-coat. The base and Long Range models also ask $1,500 for the pleasure of a bigger 19-inch wheel with a sportier style, while the Performance gets standard 20s.

On every trim level, black vegan leather is standard, with black and white adding $1,000 to the price. Fully optioned, a Standard Range Plus costs $49,990, while the Long Range is $58,990 and the Performance is $67,490.

2021 Tesla Model Y – Starting At $48,990

How Much Is A Tesla Model Y?

While Tesla’s Model 3 sedan has been a runaway success, the recently introduced Model Y five-seat crossover SUV could eventually outsell it, though it does carry a steeper $48,990 starting price (and it only goes up from there). Both of the Y’s two available trim levels are dual-motor AWD models.

  Purchase Price Fully Loaded Range
Long Range (Dual Motor)

$48,990

$66,490

326 Miles

Performance

$60,990

$71,990

303 Miles

Optional paint colors vary in price from $1,000 to $2,000 on both trims. A set of 20-inch Induction wheels are a $2,000 option on the Long Range, and 21-inch wheels come on the Performance model. Tesla offers a standard all black interior or a $1,000 black and white faux leather option. Autopilot is, of course, standard and adding the “Full Self-Driving Capability” is an extra $10,000. A seven-seat interior is a $3,000 option on the Long Range, but it's not available on the Performance.

A loaded Long Range model costs $66,490, while going all out on a loaded Performance model costs $73,490 after $1,200 for destination.

2021 Tesla Model S – Starting At $79,990

How Much Is A Tesla Model S?

According to the Tesla website's actual purchase price and not its "after potential savings" price, the 2021 Model S starts at $79,990 for the base Long Range model with two motors and all-wheel drive. The tri-motor Plaid and Plaid+ start at $119,990 and $139,990, respectively.

  Purchase Price Most Expensive Range
Long Range Plus $79,990 $97,490 412 Miles
Plaid $119,990 $137,490 390 Miles
Plaid+ $139,990 $157,490 520+ Miles

The Tesla Model S comes with several wheel and color options, the most expensive being $2,500 for Red Multi-Coat paint and $4,500 Arachnid wheels measuring $4,500. 

As on other Teslas, Autopilot comes standard, though full self-driving capability is a $10,000 option. Fully loaded, the base Tesla Model S Long Range costs $97,490, the Plaid costs $137,490, and the Plaid+ costs a staggering $157,490.

2021 Tesla Model X – Starting At $89,990

How Much Is A Tesla Model X?

At $89,990, the Tesla Model X is the priciest Tesla to start, costing $10,000 more than the base Model S. The SUV only has two trim options: Long Range Plus and Plaid. Both trims offer all-wheel drive, with the Plaid getting three motors and much higher performance. Tick all the options and things start to get really pricey.

  Purchase Price Fully Loaded Range
Long Range

$89,990

$114,990

360 Miles

Plaid

$119,990

$144,990

340 Miles

The Long Range model comes standard with a black interior, but offers optional white and black ($2,000) and cream-colored ($2,000) faux leather finishes, as well. Five-passenger seating is standard, with the seven-passenger version adding $3,500 to the cost and the six-seat configuration with two second-row captain’s chairs costing an additional $6,500. 

On both trims, Autopilot is standard but adding the “Full Self-Driving Capability” is an extra $10,000. A loaded Model X Long Range Plus costs $114,990 with destination, and a Plaid model with the same options costs $144,990.

Tesla Cybertruck – Starting At $39,990

How Much Is A Tesla Cybertruck?

No vehicle has arguably created as much stir at its unveiling as the Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup. Expected to reach production in late 2021, Tesla’s arguably cool electric pickup comes wrapped in polarizing wedge-shaped stainless steel bodywork, with an allegedly impenetrable exoskeleton and bulletproof glass, and a predicted 7,500-pound tow rating.

 

  Purchase Price Range
Single Motor RWD

$39,990

250 Miles (est.)
Dual Motor AWD

$49,990

300 Miles (est.)

Tri-Motor AWD

$69,990

500 Miles (est.)

There will be three trim levels based on how many motors the Cybertruck has and if it’s rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The base price of the Single Motor RWD model will be $39,990, while the Dual Motor AWD model will start at $49,990, and the Tri-Motor AWD model will start at $69,900. Few other details are available, other than that, you guessed it, Autopilot is standard and adding "Full Self-Driving Capability" is an extra $10,000. Reservations are now being accepted for a modest refundable $100 deposit.

Tesla Semi – Starting At $150,000

How Much Is A Tesla Semi?

We don’t expect many readers are planning an 18-wheeler as their next vehicular purchase, but we’ll throw this in anyway. Tesla’s Semi will reportedly go into limited production later in 2021, though delays are possible. It’s being touted as “the safest, most comfortable truck ever.” The automaker says it will boast an operating range of 300 or 500 miles, depending on the model.

  Purchase Price Fully Loaded Range
300-Mile Range

$150,000

NA 300 Miles (est.)
500-Mile Range

$180,000

NA

500 Miles (est.)

Founder's Series

$200,000

NA

500 Miles (est.)

No further details are available at this time. Reservations are being taken for $20,000 on the 300- and 500-Mile models, but if you want a limited-production Founders Series Semi, you’ll need to pay the full $200,000 up front.

No further details are available at this time. Reservations are being taken for $20,000 on the 300- and 500-Mile models, but if you want a limited-production Founders Series Semi, you’ll need to pay the full $200,000 up front.

Tesla Roadster – Starting At $200,000

How Much Is A Tesla Roadster?

An all-new version of Tesla’s first production model, the Roadster, is in the works, though production has reportedly been delayed to 2022. It promises rocket-like performance with a claimed 1.9-second 0-60 time.

  Purchase Price Fully Loaded Range
Roadster

$200,000

NA

620 Miles (est.)

Founder's Series Roadster

$250,000

NA

620 Miles (est.)

Specifics, including price, are not yet available, though. Prospective owners can pony up a refundable $50,000 reservation to be among the first to own one.

What About Tesla Full Self-Driving Driver-Assist Tech?

Tesla's Autopilot driver-assist technology is already one of the most advanced systems on the market, able to maintain speed, lane position, and more over long stretches of limited-access highway using the navigation system. The company's Summon feature theoretically works in parking scenarios, with the vehicle recognizing obstacles, lane lines, and other vehicles to autonomously leave a parking space and pick up its owner from the front of the store, for example.

But what about the company's Full Self-Driving option? A $10,000 upgrade at the time of vehicle purchase, Full Self-Driving includes Autopilot onramp-to-offramp freeway navigation, Auto Lane Change, Parking Assist, and Summon features, as well as access to future software updates that will bring automatic city steering that will work in more driving situations. 


Tesla Cost FAQs

How Much Is The Cheapest Tesla car?

The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is the cheapest Tesla for 2021, with a purchase price of just $36,990 and an estimated driving range of 263 miles. That's $1,000 cheaper and 13 miles more than last year. Progress.

What Is The Most Expensive Tesla?

When it goes on sale, the new Tesla Roadster will be the most expensive model with an estimated purchase price of around $200,000. Currently, though, the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+ is the most expensive vehicle the company sells, with a purchase price of $139,990. The Model S Plaid can hit 60 miles per hour in less than 2 seconds thanks to a tri-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain.

How Much Does It Cost To Charge A Tesla?

According to the US Energy Information Administration, the national average for the cost of electricity in 2020 was 12.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. But that number varies wildly from state to state and even time of day. At that average, a full charge for the 60-kWh battery in the base Model 3 would cost about $7.68, a number that would be quite a bit higher at a public charging station or during peak electricity hours.

Are Teslas Expensive To Maintain?

Tesla maintenance costs are relatively low. Total five-year cost is approximately $1,490, including things like tire rotation, A/C replacement, and full service with brake flush over that period of time. Dividing the total cost by five indicates that people might spend about $298 per year on average to maintain their Teslas. These costs can also be different by model – a Tesla Model 3 maintenance plan cost might be less than a Model S, for example.

More About Tesla

Though Tesla wasn’t the first automaker to build an electric car, it did something no other company could achieve – it made them cool. Fronted by controversial founder and CEO Elon Musk, the company burst onto the scene with its first electric car, the Roadster, for the 2008 model year. Essentially an electrified version of the Lotus Elise, it delivered uncanny performance to go along with its low-slung exotic-car styling, and what then seemed like an improbable 220-mile range on a charge.

Though that was a niche model, Tesla’s next electric car, the Model S quickly became a status symbol among upscale suburbanites for its emissions-free performance and decidedly high tech-nature. The company followed up with the Model X sport-utility vehicle and the reasonably affordable – not to mention highly successful – Model 3 compact sedan. Its latest EV, the Model Y crossover sport-utility vehicle, was introduced in early 2020. Coming models include a reborn version of the Roadster and the wildly styled Cybertruck electric pickup.

The company also maintains a proprietary high-speed charging network to serve its owner body, with 1,870 Supercharger stations and 16,585 charging units currently in place across the globe.

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