Tesla updates new Long Range Model 3 AWD range numbers and it's not good news ↺
After pulling the Long Range Model 3 AWD from the US market late last year and re-introducing it again a few weeks ago, Tesla has updated the LR Model 3 AWD's range estimates to more accurately represent what consumers can expect. The new range figures are a significant downgrade compared to the previous version, for which Tesla stopped taking orders due to excessive backlog.
After quietly pulling and reintroducing the Long Range Model 3 AWD in the US, Tesla recently updated the range figures for the electric vehicle on its order page (via Electrek). The US Long Range Model 3 AWD for 2023 is touted as delivering 333 miles (~533 km) of range, which is a small upgrade compared to the "325+ miles" that was seen in the configurator before the update.
While the range of the new LR Model 3 AWD is impressive in the grand scheme of things — the average electric vehicle in 2022 has around 290 miles of range — but compared to the previous Long Range Model 3 AWD, it's rather disappointing. Before Tesla removed the LR Model 3 AWD from the US market in 2022, the vehicle had an estimated range of 358 miles, meaning the new version is at a 33-mile deficit from the outset.
Confounding matters further, once you take the US tax credits into account, the Long Range Model Y AWD is priced US$750 lower than the Long Range Model 3 AWD and only has three miles less range than its Model 3 counterpart. Unless you don't qualify for the Inflation Reduction Act EV tax incentives, you're left with the choice between the pretty much evenly-priced snappier Model 3 or the more practical Model Y.
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