2017 Tesla Model 3

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of the 2017 Tesla Model 3. Base trim shown.

2017 Tesla Model 3 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Model 3, like all other Tesla vehicles, is an electric car. It's also the most affordable Tesla to date, though no early owners will pay the 3's starting price — $35,000 before tax incentives. Until November 2017, every Model 3 will have the car's optional long-range battery, which adds considerable capability, but runs a hefty $9,000.

Most of that early group figures to be Tesla employees, as the automaker confirmed deliveries to outside customers won't start until late October 2017. Until then, all Model 3s will end up with employees who reserved one — and apparently pay full price, as Tesla says it furnishes no employee discount.

The Model 3 comes standard with a tabletlike horizontal touchscreen that measures 15 inches. That's slightly smaller than the 17-inch vertical screen embedded in the Model S' dashboard. While the S has a secondary gauge display ahead of the steering wheel, the 3 puts such information on the horizontal screen.

The Model 3's standard battery goes into production in November 2017. Tesla says that unit delivers an EPA-estimated 220 miles of range and powers the Model 3 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. That's on par with many turbo four-cylinder engines in luxury sports sedans. A Level 2 (240-volt) charger can add 30 miles of range per hour, Tesla says, while the automaker's network of fast-charging Superchargers can add 130 miles in 30 minutes.

Other standard features include:

  • Navi...
Vehicle Overview

The Model 3, like all other Tesla vehicles, is an electric car. It's also the most affordable Tesla to date, though no early owners will pay the 3's starting price — $35,000 before tax incentives. Until November 2017, every Model 3 will have the car's optional long-range battery, which adds considerable capability, but runs a hefty $9,000.

Most of that early group figures to be Tesla employees, as the automaker confirmed deliveries to outside customers won't start until late October 2017. Until then, all Model 3s will end up with employees who reserved one — and apparently pay full price, as Tesla says it furnishes no employee discount.

The Model 3 comes standard with a tabletlike horizontal touchscreen that measures 15 inches. That's slightly smaller than the 17-inch vertical screen embedded in the Model S' dashboard. While the S has a secondary gauge display ahead of the steering wheel, the 3 puts such information on the horizontal screen.

The Model 3's standard battery goes into production in November 2017. Tesla says that unit delivers an EPA-estimated 220 miles of range and powers the Model 3 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. That's on par with many turbo four-cylinder engines in luxury sports sedans. A Level 2 (240-volt) charger can add 30 miles of range per hour, Tesla says, while the automaker's network of fast-charging Superchargers can add 130 miles in 30 minutes.

Other standard features include:

  • Navigation, phone and audio streaming, onboard Wi-Fi and a backup camera
  • Keyless entry and remote climate control with Tesla's smartphone app
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • FM radio with internet streaming
  • "Textile" seating, which Tesla calls a "high-end cloth material"
  • Two USB ports in the center console
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Full-LED lights
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • 18-inch wheels

Like the Model S and Model X, the Model 3's sole no-charge paint is black. For another $1,000, you can choose from five metallic colors: blue, red, pearl white and two shades of silver.

Major options include:

  • Long-Range Battery ($9,000): The battery bumps range up some 41 percent to 310 miles. It also adds faster charging capabilities (37 miles of range per hour on a Level 2, or 170 miles per 30 minutes on a Supercharger) and quicker acceleration (5.1 seconds to 60 mph). Those are big gains, but they cost more than a quarter of the Model 3's base price.
  • Premium Upgrades Package ($5,000): This adds heated seats, upgraded seating and cabin materials including open-pore wood trim, two rear USB ports, a power-adjustable steering column, a premium stereo with more wattage and speakers, a glass roof panel, foglights and center-console docking for two smartphones. Twelve-way power front seats are also included, but it's unclear whether the standard seats are manually adjustable or just have fewer power adjustments.
  • Enhanced Autopilot ($5,000): This adds adaptive cruise control, lane-centering steering, automatic lane changing, automatic parking and more. More features will come with future software updates, Tesla says.
  • Full Self-Driving Capability ($3,000): This requires Enhanced Autopilot first, but Tesla says that with the package, the Model 3 will become "capable of conducting trips with no action required by the person in the driver's seat." But that will require "extensive software validation and regulatory approval" and may vary based on where you are, so it remains a future product for now.

Tesla's website goes to great lengths to dispel the notion that the Model 3 is an upgrade to the Model S — an understandable sentiment given that higher numbers for consumer electronics generally correspond to better next-generation products. Tesla's site notes the Model 3 "is a smaller, simpler, more affordable electric car. Although it is our newest vehicle, Model 3 is not 'Version 3' or the most advanced Tesla."


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most exciting car I've ever driven

by EV2Mars from San Francisco, Ca on July 30, 2018

This car really is the future. The outside is beautiful, with a front grill that looks playful and ready to chew up the pavement. Once you get past the minimalist interior and the giant 15" ... Read full review

(1.0)

Old Tesla fanboy realizes what Tesla really is..

by OldTeslaFanboy from Denver, CO on July 22, 2018

Let me first say I used to be a fan of Tesla and Elon, now on my 3rd Tesla, I expected a great car. My model 3 spent over a month in the service department during the 4 months I owned it. Service was ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2017 Tesla Model 3 currently has 0 recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Model 3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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