Which Tesla to Get? Pros & Cons of the 2017 Model S 90D & 2020/2021 Model Y Long Range
Tesla is a popular electric car brand that has been around for years. With the recent drop in prices, many people are considering buying used Tesla models. This blog will discuss the pros and cons of two different Tesla models - the 2017 Model S 90D and the 2020/2021 Model Y Long Range.
The 2017 Model S 90D can be purchased for about $42k with 28k miles on it. It comes with a clean title and black exterior with white seats - although some may not like the white seats. Meanwhile, a 2020 Model Y Long Range (white) can be bought for $40k with 83k miles, or a 2021 Y for $46k with 43k miles. A new bare bones Model Y costs $54k.
When looking at these options, ground clearance is an important factor to consider. The 2017 Model S had 4.6" - 6.2" of ground clearance when equipped with air suspension, 5.7" without air suspension, while the Model Y has 5.5" of ground clearance. Air suspension became standard on the Model S sometime in July 2017, so it's important to confirm if the one you're considering has that feature.
In general, newer model year Ys have some updates that might be worthwhile. The biggest one is an update from MCU1 to MCU2 in 2018 (for the Model S - the 3 and Y never had MCU1). Since range isn't mentioned as a priority, I'd lean towards the newer Model Y. At 43K miles, there's 7K of bumper-to-bumper protection left which is definitely worth considering.
It's also important to take both cars out for a test drive before making your decision. If you're not picky about color and options, you could also check out what inventory Tesla has available for immediate delivery. They often have access to a more thorough list than what is publicly available online.
Finally, don't forget about the federal tax credit applicable to the model Y! Half of the $7500 ($3750) will definitely still apply even after March 31st - but starting in April, the other $3750 requires that the battery materials be sourced from North America, and it's not yet clear if the Tesla Model Y will meet that requirement.
Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference and budget constraints - but hopefully this blog has given you some insight into which Tesla model would best suit your needs!
What is the ground clearance of a Tesla Model S?
The ground clearance of a Tesla Model S is 4.6" - 6.2" (air suspension), 5.7" (without air suspension).
Is air suspension standard on the Model S?
Air suspension became standard on the Model S sometime in July 2017, but it was an option before that.
Which of the used Tesla models should I buy?
If range is not a high priority, I'd lean toward the newer Model Y. At 43K miles, you've got 7K of bumper-to-bumper protection left. It's best to drive both cars and compare them before making a decision.
Is the $7500 federal tax credit applicable to the model Y?
Yes, half of the $7500 federal refund ($3750) will definitely still apply. But starting in April, the other $3750 requires that the battery materials be sourced from North America, and it's not yet clear if the Tesla Model Y will meet that requirement.
Where can I find inventory Tesla vehicles for immediate delivery?
The link below shows a few vehicles, but if you talk to a sales associate, they often have access to a more thorough list of such vehicles.