Tesla Model 3
EV Decide Score
Tesla Model 3 Expert Reviewby Ben Sullins (Jun 07, 2022)
EV Decide Score
- Fun to drive
- Decent range
- Supercharger network is great
- Reliance on single screen
- Lack of support for Apple Carplay
- Trim feels low-quality
In the performance trim, the Model 3 is a blast to drive, and probably the most fun Tesla overall. While it's 0-60 time will impress nearly every driver it doesn't hold a candle to the Plaid.
While technically a mid-sized sedan the Model 3 is a bit smaller than it's larger cousin the Model S. For that reason, it only gets a 3 in the seating category.
The trunk area is quite large on the Model 3, however the small trunk opening means you'll struggle to fit even mid-sized items.
Tesla is a tech-forward brand, and as such the materials and typical luxury appointments are just average. If you're into vegan leather however, this might be appealing to you.
At almost 50K for the lowest range, slowest, RWD only version of this car, it just seems overpriced compared to other more equipped EVs out there.
The NHTSA rates the Model 3 as the car with the lowest probability of any car it's ever tested. The next 3 cars behind this one? All Teslas...
Reliability has been an issue with Tesla ever since this car came to market. It seems when it was making a small volume of cars it was able to get a good handle on it but at the scale they're selling cars now reliability has become a problem.
While technically fewer stalls than the other public networks combined, the Tesla Supercharger network is the most seemless experience I've ever used. Long distance road trips are a breeze with the Supercharger network, however if you need to use one every other day to charge, you could find yourself waiting at a station.
The longest range Model 3 has an EPA rating of 334 miles, however in real-world test it really only can achieve around 80% of that. So for that reason, it's a good range EV, but no where close to the 400+ miles ones out there.
The Model 3 can easily charge overnight in your garage from a 32A outlet, assuming you have one, but when it comes to fast charging it's limited to 250kW. The charging curve also limits how much time it can pull 250kW, meaning it will hit that number, but only for a few moments.
Everything in the Model 3, as with the Model Y, relies on the center screen. And there is no support for Android Auto or Apple Carplay, which means any apps that Tesla doesn't think you should have, you can't have. This includes common ones like Pandora, Waze, and messaging support for WhatsApp and Telegram.