The Tesla Model 3 has only been available in the US for a little over three years and even less in Europe, but a major update has arrived. Like all of its vehicles, Tesla is gradually upgrading the Model 3 with software updates.
There were even some minor hardware changes, such as the addition of a cordless phone charger from the Model Y to the Model 3 earlier in 2020. However, the 2021 bump is a much bigger update and offers a very significant hardware change that may have recent Model 3 buyers wishing they had waited a few more months.
The Tesla Model 3 has a sleek, minimalist interior that is handsome, high quality, and different from most other cars on the market. Up to five people can sit in this car. The cab is spacious with excellent visibility and there is plenty of head and legroom in the front. There are no buttons or knobs on the dashboard as everything is controlled from the large touchscreen.
Almost everything in this vehicle is controlled via a touchscreen, including adjusting the rearview mirror and turning on the windshield wipers. The small size and crisp graphics are a plus, but with so many features buried deep in the submenu, the user interface can be tricky to use. The car has native apps for streaming services like Spotify, but no smartphone integration other than Bluetooth. This means that functions like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto are missing.
Like most electric vehicles, the Model 3 reaches a smooth and almost silent speed. The electric motor delivers strong power from the moment it is stopped. And it’s quick – pretty awesome for multiple embellishments. The rear-wheel drive remote model can ran from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The Model 3’s performance increased to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds – 0.5 seconds faster than the long-term model.
Like all Tesla, the Model 3 carries its battery under the floor, which results in a low center of gravity. This helps it change direction sharply and feels nestled and stable in corners. The steering is precise and well weighted, with three different settings that adapt to steering force. The ride is solid without being harsh; However, without the sound of the gas-powered engine, you will hear a lot of noise in the cabin when the tires crash and knock due to a poor pavement.
The entry-level Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus has an MSRP starting at $ 37,990. Long Run starts at $ 46,990 and Best Performance starts at $ 54,990. All of these prices are cheaper than other luxury electric vehicles. Some, like the Porsche Taycan or the Tesla Model S, have a starting price that is tens of thousands of dollars higher than that of the top-trim Model 3.
|Engine||Electric (rear, center)|
|Power||283 hp (211 kW)|
|Battery type||Lithium-ion (Li-ion)|
|Charging times||240V: 8.5 h|
400V: 0.8 h
|Steering||rack and pinion, electrical variable assist|
|Front suspension||independent, short/long arm|
|Rear suspension||independent, multi-link|
|Length||4,694 mm (185″)|
|Width||2,088 mm (82″)|
|Height||1,443 mm (57″)|
|Wheelbase||2,875 mm (113″)|
|Front track||1,580 mm (62″)|
|Rear track||1,580 mm (62″)|
|Weight||1,612 kg (3,554 lb)|