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2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland vs Hyundai Ioniq 6 Pricing & Performance

Tesla Model 3 Highland vs Hyundai Ioniq 6

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2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland vs Hyundai Ioniq 6 Pricing & Performance! We’re conditioned to always want more, but when it comes to EVs, what if less actually means more? Fewer motors for more efficiency, Less battery capacity for more weight savings, Fewer parts for lower cost? We thought we’d put that theory to the test with two of the most highly anticipated rear-wheel drive electric sedans on the market,

The new 2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland Standard Range in the 2024 Hyundai Ionic 6S E long range. Do you get more cars by opting for less? In case you missed it, we recently compared the fully loaded all-wheel-drive variants of these two models, the 2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland Long Range and 2024 Hyundai Ionic 6 Limited Long Range AWD along with the 2024 Pullstar 2 Long Range Dual Motor Performance. Many of our impressions of those vehicles, including infotainment, comfort, styling, and build quality, as well as a list of what’s new for 2024, ultimately carry over here.

Where there are notable differences, we’ll call them out. The biggest call out of course is that both the Model 3 Highland Standard Range and Ionic 6S E Long Range are powered by a single electric motor mounted at the rear. They’re also the most affordable ways to get into a new road trip-ready Tesla or Hyundai EV. The 2024 Model 3 Standard range is, for now at least, the cheaper of the two, starting at approximately $39,000.

Pricing will be confirmed closer to the Highlands US launch in early 2024. Our loaded example stickered for roughly $54,630 with the bulk of that price gap being Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot System and the skippable Full Self Driving Suite. Like the Model 3 long range, the standard range features a carryover motor and battery. In this case, that means a rear-mounted permanent magnet motor good for 257 horsepower and 266 LB feet of torque and a CATL-sourced lithium iron phosphate LFP 60.9 dash kWh battery pack rated for a 170 kW peak charge rate.

Cattle is one of the world’s largest electric vehicle battery producers. EPA range results are pending, but we expect the new Highland Model 3 standard range to clear about 261 miles to a charge. Surprisingly for a manufacturer that typically forgoes meaningful options in favor of a variety of relatively standardized trims, you have more choice with the Ionic 6S E.

Tesla Model 3 Highland 0-60

Tesla Hardware 4 Model 3 Highland

Tesla Hardware 4 Model 3 Highland

The base model of the Ionic 6 lineup. The Ionix 6S E standard range starts at $38,615 and includes a rear-mounted permanent magnet motor good for 149 horsepower and 258 LB feet of torque paired with a 53.0 dash kWh lithium-ion battery pack netting at an EPA-rated 240 miles of range. Spend $4950 more for the Ionix 6S E long-range retested and you get a nice power bump up to 225 horsepower.

The torque stays flat. Battery capacity also grows to 77.4 kilowatt hours with a 240 kW peak charge rate, giving the Ionix 6 an impressive EPA-rated range of 361 miles. Our 2023 test car came with just one additional option, carpeted floor mats, bumping its as-tested price up to

$46,825, an identically equipped 2024 Ionic 6S E Standard range with a sticker for $43,775. The bulk of the mechanical changes to the Highland Model 3 Standard Range consist of revised suspension and steering tuning to make the car more comfortable while retaining its fun-to-drive character on the road.

Those changes have been incredibly successful at 5.6 seconds from zero to 60 mph and 14.1 seconds through the quarter mile at 102 point O mph. The Model 3 standard range isn’t fast by modern standards, but it’s certainly quick enough. The single rear motor is torquey and responsive, with the throttle tuned aggressively to help the car leap eagerly forward off the line. Passing power is more than adequate though. We noticed a natural drop in power delivery at faster freeway speeds.

We came to an interesting, to us at least conclusion after wrapping up both our all-wheel-drive electric sedan comparison tests in this one. As far as the dual motor sedans are concerned, we like the Tesla most. It was fun to drive luxurious, a good value, more efficient, and backed by Tesla’s Supercharger network, the Ionic 6 Limited wasn’t quite as fun to drive and had unimpressive real-world range and efficiency.

That dynamic is flipped on its head as far as the single-motor sedans are concerned. We like the new 2024 Model 3 Highland Standard range. It’s handsome, it finally features an interior befitting of its price and it’s pretty good to drive.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Yet its real-world road trip range of barely over 200 miles on a full charge, and its unimpressive charge speed and curve feel glacial in comparison to the more modern Hyundai. Perhaps the dynamic might be altered if Tesla were to offer the Model 3 long-range 84.6 dash kWh battery pack in single motor form, but it doesn’t, so it isn’t. Instead, we’re inclined to take our chances on the CCS Hwy.

With the Ionic 6S E long range, it’s 291 miles of real-world range and a 19-minute charge time is damn near a parody of a comparable gas car. And besides, we can’t remember the last time we drove a car this efficient at this price point that was this nice to drive. The rear Dr.

Ionic 6 is well-balanced and engaging when you want to be comfortable and relaxed when the situation calls for it. While we still wish the interior were furnished as nicely as the Tesla, in this case, the Ionic 6 proves that sometimes less really is more.

2024 Tesla Model 3 Highland vs Hyundai Ioniq 6 Final Result:

2024 Tesla Model 3  vs  2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6

    Car futures 2024 Tesla Model 3  2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 SE
Battery Capacity 60.9 kWh 77.4 kWh
EPA Range, COMB 270 miles (est) 361 miles
Recommended Fuel 240-volt electricity, 480-volt electricity 240-volt electricity, 480-volt electricity
Roadside Assistance 4 yrs/50,000 miles 5 yrs/Unlimited miles
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Top-Gear Revs @ 60 MPH 7,150 rpm 7,650 rpm
Quarter mile 14.1 sec @ 102.0 mph 14.1 sec @ 102.0 mph
Wheelbase 113.2 in 116.1 in
Wheels 8.5 x 18-in, cast aluminum 7.5 x 18-in cast aluminum
Suspension, Front; Rear Multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar; Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar;
Motor Type Permanent-magnet electric Permanent-magnet electric
Drivetrain Layout Rear-motor, RWD Rear-motor, RWD
Power (SAE NET)           257 hp 225 hp
Base Price $39,000 (est) $46,615(est)

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