Tesla has changed the single-electric landscape, and the Model 3 is the least expensive way to get one of the company’s technological wonders in your driveway. A four-door sedan that is the same size as the BMW 3-Series, the Model 3 boasts quicker acceleration and a futuristic, minimalist interior. Many battery configurations are available, and all versions are rated to go more than 200 miles on one charge; The Long Range model boasts a range of 322 miles. In our testing, the performance model went from zero to 60 mph in a lightning fast 3.5 seconds. While the Model 3 is the cheapest Tesla you can buy, the $ 36,200 Standard Range model is only available by special order at physical Tesla stores; The least expensive version available for ordering online is the $ 39,190 Standard Range Plus.
What’s new for 2020?
Tesla constantly updates its vehicles with over-the-air software tweaks and, occasionally, new mechanical components, but the company does not make changes to its vehicles based on the traditional model-year. As a result, we cannot anticipate what changes to the Model 3 could bring in the coming months, and the company will not tell us much about what the future updates are about. The Model 3 has recently added features such as lane-keep assist and standard autopilot capability (it is the company name for its autonomous-driving feature), and now additional charging capabilities through the company’s advanced V3 supercharger network.
Pricing and which one to buy
Standard Range Plus Battery: $ 39,190
Long Distance Battery: $ 48,190
Performance: $ 56,190
The Standard Range Plus model, starting at under $ 40,000, is the best value. Its estimated driving range at 250 miles should be sufficient for most people, and it comes standard with heated front seats and navigation.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
As with most EVs, the Model 3 gains speed smoothly and almost silently, with the electric motor providing stronger power from a stop. We tested the rear-wheel-drive long range model from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The Model 3 Performance Rocket is larger than 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and 0.4 seconds faster than the more expensive Model S 100D. Like all Teslas, the Model 3 moves its batteries under the floor, resulting in a lower center of gravity. This helps to change direction crisply and be planted in corners and be stable. The steering is precise and well-weighted, with three different settings that adjust the level of steering effort. The ride is firm without being harsh; Without the noise of a gas-fired engine, however, you hear a lot of noise inside the cabin as the tires emphasize the pavement and pavement flaws.
Range, Charging and Battery Life
Three different Model 3 trims are offered, each with a different estimated driving range. The Standard Range Plus model is the cheapest, boasting 250 miles. Upgrading to a longer range or performance model increases its estimated range to 322 miles. Of course, this distance is not easy to achieve, as we have found in our long-term long range Model 3 test vehicle. The Model 3 offers several different options for charging: Tesla’s network of fast charging stations called superchargers, adapters for DC public-charging stations, 240- and 120-volt outlets, and a home-charging station. .
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
Different versions of the Model 3 are rated between 113 MPGe and 141 MPGe by the EPA. However, our test vehicle managed only 84 MPGe when we took it on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test. The Model 3 comes standard with aluminum wheels that are covered by plastic aerodynamic hubcaps. We wanted to know how much those hubcaps impacted on the car’s driving range, so we tested it and were surprised to find that it helped more than expected.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
When we say that we are not exaggerating, the Tesla Model 3 has an interior unlike any other car on the market today. It is shockingly simple, with almost everything controlled by a monolithic touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. The low, flat floor of the Tesla makes for a spacious and airy experience. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, but the rear seats are tight and uncomfortable; Do not expect that adults will be able to spend time in them. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats are easy to bend and greatly extend the trunk. The Model 3’s seatbacks also fold flat, and provide a seamless cargo floor for larger items. With folded seats, the Model 3 provides enough space for 15 carry-on suitcases. There are generously sized bins and cubes throughout the cabin.