Tesla Model 3 AWD vs RWD

One of the things I extensively researched before placing an order for the Tesla Model 3 was data comparing Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) to the All-Wheel Drive (AWD) model in winter conditions.

It is near impossible to find any content comparing AWD vs RWD Tesla Model 3, both donning winter tires. Plenty of content analyzes Non-Tesla AWD vehicles without winter tires vs RWD's with winter tires or solely features an RWD Tesla driving in the snow and ice with winter tires.

My father's Standard Range RWD M3 was performing exceptionally well with winter tires. The cost-saving difference between the AWD and RWD was 10k, and when factoring in the Ontario Green Energy benefit, it totalled 15k. I was transitioning from the Audi A4 Quattro and was hesitant to purchase an RWD model given that safety is of paramount importance.

I settled on the AWD model for two reasons:
  1. Any advantage driving in cold country was worth it. Safety is of the utmost importance to me.
  2. The AWD model had more range.

The Tesla Model 3 LR AWD is an absolute dream to drive in the snow. The handling is excellent. You can maximize winter performance if you turn your Regenerative Breaking setting down to low and acceleration to chill mode. Coupled with Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires, winter driving has actually become enjoyable.

If I was purchasing a second car, I opt for the lower-end model that qualifies for the rebate. The Model Y RWD Model is especially compelling. Unless you're a safety fanatic or require the longer-range consistently without relatively easy access to charging stations- this is the best car to get. Most drivers have relatively short commutes, and the Model Y has plenty of range for that. You can go days without charging!

Some friends and family have been considering purchasing a hybrid vehicle. While you may benefit from being more fuel-efficient, you still have to deal with an internal combustion engine's maintenance requirement. Battery electric vehicles have fewer components than a plug-in hybrid or an internal combustion engine vehicle, so they often have lower maintenance costs because they don’t require fluid changes or tune-ups. An analysis of EVs completed by Consumer Reports experts earlier this year found that EVs cost less to own over the long run than their equivalent gasoline-powered counterparts.