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Five Awesome Cars You Can Get for Base Tesla Model 3 Money

The list is way cooler than you think

Tesla Model 3 Vs BMW M2
  • The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most popular EVs out right now.
  • It's a great buy, but what if you wanted something great for Tesla money that wasn't a Tesla?
  • Here are five awesome cars you can get for the price of a base Model 3 ($40,630).

There is a really big world of used cars out there, so we thought we'd pull together a list of some seriously cool cars you can get for less than the cost of a base Tesla Model 3 ($40,630). Maybe you're not ready for electrification or maybe you're just shopping for a cool car at a fair price. Either way, we've got you covered.

Porsche Cayenne GTS

Yes, you really can get a Porsche Cayenne GTS (with its big ole V8) for less than $40,000. These are fantastic SUVs, with all the performance you'd expect of a Porsche and enough room for you and the kids. We liked these when they were new, and they make surprising deals as used cars, too.

Honda Civic Type R

The FK8 Type R (2017-2021) was nearly as good as the new (FL5 generation) Type R in every single way. It was fantastic to drive — it even claimed the front-wheel-drive record at the famed Nurburgring in Germany. It's also practical, comfortable and well-equipped to boot.


The first generation (2016-2018) BMW M2 marked the return of the old BMW we knew and loved. Aside from being a handsome face, the M2 was also a real driver's car through and through — it was an instant classic. A turbocharged straight-six engine made 365 horsepower and it can even be had with a manual.

Toyota GR Corolla

This one isn't even a used find! Potentially the best hot hatchback on sale right now, the GR Corolla is a running riot on wheels. We love this little monster, and we're more than happy to recommend it to anyone who wants a fun daily driver.

Audi e-tron

Turns out luxury EVs depreciate so much you can get a used Audi e-tron for less than 40,000. The e-tron was one of the first cars of its type, and though it delivers less than impressive range, the e-tron makes up for it with its sumptuous interior, bank-vault-like build quality, and genuinely luxurious overall EV experience.