Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3

2021 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 2021 Tesla Model 3 has some minor trim changes and increased range. The Standard Range Plus now has an estimated range of 263 miles—up from 240. The Long Range can now travel an estimated 353 miles instead of 310 miles. There are now two phone-charging pads. 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 Standard Range Plus 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 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 162. The base Standard Range Plus 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 Plus: $38,490
Long Range: $47,490
Performance: $56,990

Base Engine
electric motor/motors
Horsepower
258-450
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
118-150
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
107-133

Tesla Model 3
2021 Tesla Model 3
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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