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It’s Cheaper To Buy A Tesla Than A Mac

It is now cheaper to buy a Tesla than it is to buy a Mac Pro — at least, a loaded Mac. We now live in an era where it’s more affordable to buy a premium electric vehicle than it is to buy Apple’s latest version of its Mac Pro. JerryRigEverything puts things into perspective below.

In his initial tweet, he compares the cost of a Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor with all-wheel drive. It’s the one he purchased. It has 18-inch aero wheels, an all-black premium interior, and Autopilot. The price that he actually paid for the vehicle was $42,315. If he paid the full price of $50,490, he still would have paid only $291 more than if he bought the new Mac Pro.

This gave me an idea. To put pricing into perspective I compared the base cost Model 3, Cybertruck, and Mac Pro. I know the Mac Pro isn’t an electric vehicle, but the price comparison shows just how high the cost of an Apple computer can go, and also reflects on how low cost a Tesla can be before you even factor in the savings from not buying gas or having continuous maintenance.

One of the most common issues I’ve seen when it comes to Tesla is that people think you have to be rich to afford one.

Mac Pro vs Tesla

Mac Pro

  1. For $50,199 you get a Mac Pro with a:
  2. 2.5GHz 28-core Intel Xeon W processor.
  3. Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz.
  4. 1.5TB (12x128GB of DDR4 EEC memory.
  5. Two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo with 2x32GB of HBM2 memory each.
  6. 4TB SSD storage.
  7. Stainless steel frame with feet.
  8. Magic Mouse 2.
  9. Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad in English.


  • Tesla Model 3 
    • Rear-Wheel Drive, partial premium interior, Standard Range Plus Pearl White Multi-Coat 19 inch Sport Wheels with the all-white interior and FSD added: $48,990 
    • Long-Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, Pearl White Paint, 18 inch Aero wheels, all-black interior, and FSD: $49,315 after savings
  • Tesla Cybertruck 
    • Single motor with rear-wheel drive and Full Self-Driving added. $46,900 
  • Tesla Model Y
    • Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, Pearl White Paint, 18 inch Aero wheels, all-black interior, five-seat interior, Autopilot and FSD capability $50,700 after savings.

Many people use computers for many things, and I am sure businesses such as Pixar, for example, would need the best of the best to produce animation film, but the average person doesn’t really need the Mac Pro for their day-to-day work. However, they probably need a car, and if it came to choosing to purchase a new Tesla vehicle or a computer, the choice is a no-brainer. I would buy a Tesla before the Mac Pro.

I know the Model Y actually is more expensive than the Mac Pro, but it’s only $210 more so. For those who are comfortable stretching the limits of their budgets, the Model Y shows more value in comparison with a Mac Pro except in rare cases. Again, this isn’t a comparison of products that do the same thing, of course — they don’t. But it’s an interesting comparison.

Written By

Johnna Crider is a Baton Rouge artist, gem and mineral collector, and Tesla shareholder who believes in Elon Musk and Tesla. Elon Musk advised her in 2018 to “Believe in Good.” Tesla is one of many good things to believe in. You can find Johnna on Twitter



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