Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3

2019 Tesla Model 3

Pros: Strong acceleration; low-per-mile operating costs; agile handling

Cons: Uneven production quality; control screen complicates many functions

CG Says: The 2019 Tesla Model 3 adds a new lower-priced base model that is close to Tesla’s previously announced starting price of $35,000. The Model 3 is Tesla’s “mass-market” electric car; it technically debuted as a 2017 model, but actual customer deliveries didn’t begin until the 2018 calendar year. The Model 3 fits into our premium compact car category alongside such competitors as the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The new Standard Range model has a 240-mile estimated driving range, while the Long Range and Performance versions have a 310-mile estimated range. The Standard Range is rear-wheel drive and the Long and Performance models have all-wheel-drive with another electric motor to drive the front wheels. Tesla claims the 450-horsepower Performance version is capable of accelerating 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 162. The base Standard Range is no slouch either and can accelerate from 0-60 in a little over 5 seconds. Though its long-delayed introduction happened in fits and starts (under a cloud of drama and controversy surrounding Tesla the company), the Model 3 is nonetheless a groundbreaking vehicle that pushes EVs further into the mainstream market. In terms of luxury features and overall performance, the Model 3 is surprisingly similar to many gas-engine premium compact cars. If you’re willing to accept the significant quirks of the unconventional touchscreen control system and a higher-than-normal probability of quality control issues, the Model 3 is a dramatic and compelling electric-car statement.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Tesla
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Standard Range: $38,990
Long Range: $47,990
Performance: $54,990

Base Engine
electric motor/motors
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (MPGe)
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)

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