Although originally intended to be an electric car for the masses, the 2019 Tesla Model 3 is instead more of an all-electric alternative to compact luxury sedans. The promised $35,000 Model 3 is now available only by special order, meaning the least expensive version available to order online starts at $41,100—in the territory of the BMW 3-series and the Mercedes-Benz C-class. The Model 3’s available driving range starts at 240 miles for the base Standard Range Plus Battery model and goes up to 310 for the Long Range Battery model.
New upgrade for 2020?
Tesla increased the 2020 Model 3’s value by including the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot equipment as standard. The Model 3 Performance also now comes standard with the previously optional Performance Upgrade package, which includes 20-inch wheels with summer tires, upgraded brakes, a carbon-fiber spoiler, a lowered suspension, and a 10-mph increase in top speed (to 155 mph).
Minimalist design, responsive system, 15inch touchscreen.
The Tesla Model 3 is unlike any other car. You can use your smartphone as a key, and access all driver controls in the central 15-inch touchscreen. The all-glass roof extends from front to back, creating a sense of openness from every seat.
Navigation, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity are standard, but the Model 3 is oddly not available with AM radio or SiriusXM satellite radio. Several internet streaming radio options are standard. It also can’t be equipped with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
Smooth acceleration, sharp handling
Tesla Model 3 comes with the option of dual motor all-wheel drive, 20” Performance Wheels and Brakes and lowered suspension for total control, in all weather conditions. And a carbon fiber spoiler improves stability at high speeds, all allowing Model 3 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in as little as 3.2 seconds.
The Model 3 carries its battery under the floor, resulting in a low center of gravity. This helps it change direction crisply and feel planted and stable in corners. The steering is accurate 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-powered engine, however, you do hear plenty of noise inside as the tires thwack and thrum over pavement imperfections.