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2019 Standard Range 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $35,000
2019 Standard Range Plus 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $39,990
2019 Mid Range 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $42,900
2019 Long Range 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $44,500
2019 Long Range 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $48,990
2019 Performance 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $56,990
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Overview

The Model 3 represents Tesla's foray into the realm of relative affordability. So far, it's been a successful experiment – the Model 3 led the compact luxury market for 2018, outselling such stalwarts as the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. A newly expanded range of models means the 2019 Tesla Model 3 intends to continue pressuring the traditional segment leaders.

What's New for 2019

As Tesla eschews model years for periodic updates, nothing has been introduced specifically for cars built in 2019. The marque does, however, perform routine running changes, software updates, and hardware enhancements. With Tesla, it's more a matter of continuous evolution than year-to-year refreshes.

All that said, the biggest recent news with the Model 3 lineup is the arrival of the much-ballyhooed $35,000 entry-level variant. Though it has less features and range than its upmarket siblings, the introduction of the base Model 3 means there's finally a Tesla with a price that lies squarely in the heart of the overall car market.

Prices have been also been lowered by about $2,000 for all variants as the $7,500 federal tax credit gets slashed in half for the new year. This is due to the brand now having sold more than 200,000 electric cars; once an automaker reaches that threshold, the tax credit begins to get phased out. By 2020, Tesla buyers will no longer be rewarded with any amount of federal tax credit.

Tesla Model 3

Choosing Your Tesla Model 3

Few cars are as straightforward as the Model 3 when it comes time to build your own. Options are almost nonexistent, and the dizzying array of equipment differences between trims has been largely kept at bay. The various trims of the Model 3 are instead primarily determined by range and performance.

The two options that are available regard technology and can be had across all trims. The $3,000 Autopilot option bundles lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection – enough to let the car shuffle itself down the highway with nary an input from the driver.

For another $5,000 on top of that (for a total of $8,000), you can opt for "full self-driving capability" that imbues the Model 3 with ambitious autonomous abilities. These include an autopark feature that lets the car park itself in any space and a summon feature that brings it to you in a parking lot. It also gives the Model 3 the self-sufficiency to handle all aspects of highway driving, including lane changes and passing as well navigating on- and off-ramps.

Charging time is largely the same across all models. Plug a Standard Range or Mid Range model into one of Tesla's supercharger stations, and a depleted battery will gain back 150 miles of range in 30 minutes; that same amount of time gives a Long Range car 170 miles to play with. At home on a 240-volt outlet (Level 2), 37 miles of range is regained for every hour plugged in, regardless of model or battery size.

Every Model 3 comes with a 120-volt adapter (Level 1), 240-volt adapter, a public charging adapter, and a 20-foot cable connector with a carrying bag. A charging station can be installed in your garage by Tesla; check the right box on their website and they'll come out to give you an installation estimate.

Tesla Model 3

Standard Range

The cheapest version of the Model 3 is a single-motor setup paired with rear-wheel drive known as the Standard Range, which starts at $36,200 (all prices include the $1,200 destination charge and exclude any tax credits). It offers an EPA-estimated 220 miles of range and a zero-to-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds. Perhaps most importantly, it brings the Tesla cachet to a much wider audience than before.

Those familiar with the more premium Tesla models might be surprised by the rather spartan quarters that is the base interior. While the big 15-inch touchscreen is present and accounted for, it shares the cabin with manually-adjustable seats, cloth upholstery, and a basic navigation system. A base stereo system with an undisclosed speaker count handles in-car musical entertainment. A pretense of luxury is suggested by the four USB ports, heated and power-folding mirrors, and a glass moonroof.

For another $2,000, buyers can upgrade to the Standard Range Plus. It boosts range by 20 miles and drops the zero-to-60 time by 0.3 seconds. The interior benefits from upgraded materials and trim, 12-way power heated front seats, an audio system that has what Tesla calls "immersive sound," LED fog lights, and a console that has docking stations for two smartphones.

Tesla Model 3

Mid Range

The Mid Range Battery model uses the same powertrain layout as the Standard Range. Available only with what Tesla calls the "Premium Interior," the Mid Range Model 3 is priced at $41,200. It's good for 264 miles of estimated range, gives the 3 a top speed of 140 mph, and can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The Premium Interior comes standard with LED lighting, a 14-speaker premium sound system with a subwoofer and two amps as well as immersive sound, in-car wi-fi, navigation with live-traffic maps, and heated front and rear seats.

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Long Range

The Long Range model can be had in two distinct guises: single-motor and dual-motor. Single-motor versions are rear-wheel drive and offer 325 miles of range. Top speed is 140 mph and the zero-to-60 mph run is done in five seconds flat. Equipment and options mirror the Mid Range model with the Premium Interior for a starting price of $44,200.

Spring for the dual-motor version and you'll get a bit more oomph and all-wheel-drive grip at the expense of range, which drops to 310 total miles. The zero-to-60 mph run takes 4.5 seconds and the top speed climbs slightly to 145 mph, while the Premium Interior and its features are still present.

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Performance

Topping the Model 3's hierarchy is the $59,200 Performance model. As the name implies, the idea here isn't so much better range but rather a more visceral driving experience. As with the second Long Range variant, dual electric motors and all-wheel drive come standard, and total range remains 310 miles.

Decidedly unlike the Long Range model is the top speed of 162 mph and a zero-to-60 sprint that's completed in a supercar-like 3.2 seconds. Other standard upgrades with this model include 20-inch wheels shod in performance summer tires, performance brakes, a carbon fiber spoiler, a lowered suspension, and a track mode.

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While the Performance model is enticing, the better buy in the 2019 Tesla Model 3 lineup is the dual-motor Long Range variant. The 310 miles of total range should quell any range anxiety, and the extra motor and all-wheel drive improve performance in both dry and inclement weather.

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An affordable Tesla finally hits the market. It took nearly three years, but we now have a $35,000 2019 Tesla Model 3 for consideration ... well, $36,200 including destination. This bare-bones, Standard Range model may not have the amenities of the pricier versions, but it does bring with it a more affordable price point. Besides, there's a $3,750 federal tax credit for the taking, and additional incentives await in some states.

Although it's simple on amenities, the base Model 3 delivers an EPA-estimated 220-mile driving range. It also moves from zero to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, keeping you ahead of most models in this segment.

Sport sedan with performance numbers to back it up. The base model may have laudable performance numbers, but the top-end versions equipped with dual motor all-wheel drive and the Performance variant raise the prowess bar considerably.

Tesla’s traction control and stability control systems work so well that this sedan stays planted, avoiding the wheel spin and tire noise that typically accompany any other vehicle with its blistering off-the-mark acceleration. This sedan quietly rockets from zero to 60 mph in as fast as 3.2 seconds with 450 horsepower and 471 pound-feet of torque at the ready.

Tesla backs up the performance numbers with a great driving position, fast, well-weighted steering, a smart drive system, and a firm yet comfortable suspension system. It takes on such German stalwarts as the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series, beating both at what they do best: performance driving.

Polarizing design. Place the Model 3 and Model S side by side and the differences between the two are apparent. Quite frankly, the Model 3 doesn’t have the panache of its older, larger sibling, although its lines are somewhat similar. The front end is less polished and seems almost unfinished, but make no mistake about it: this is a Tesla.

Inside, the minimalist cabin is clean, but it also seems cheap and perhaps too basic for the price. You won’t find conventional switchgear and buttons, but an oversized, horizontally-oriented touchscreen. Overall, the look is about as spartan as they come and the materials used are also basic. Then there's the matter of fit and finish – Mercedes-Benz and Lexus have nothing to fear here.


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Supercharger network to back you up. Perhaps one of the most significant facts about the Tesla Model 3 is that owners have access to the company’s supercharger network. This network essentially eliminates worry about charging, as stations are strategically placed along major routes and at reasonable intervals. Unlike other electric vehicles that rely exclusively on private and public charge stations, the Tesla network ensures owners a place to get a quick boost and continue on with their drive.

As of this writing, there are nearly 1,500 charge stations in the supercharger network. Initially offered for free, Tesla now passes the cost of charging to customers. The company encourages home charging, with the supercharger network serving as an important backup.

Final thoughts. Tesla now has one of the most affordable EV models on the market, aiming for mainstream shoppers. The cost is still more than what you’d pay for a gas-powered Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima, but it comes in less than the Mercedes-Benz GLA or Jaguar XE.

While the base 2019 Tesla Model 3 does bring in a favorable price point, we think most shoppers will be attracted to top models with longer range and more power. Expect your final cost to top $40,000, with tax credits and other incentives for the taking.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
271 HP / 310 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
138 / 124 / 132 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
271 HP / 310 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
key
138 / 124 / 132 Mpge
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Electric
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
97 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.8 "
Exterior Width
72.8 "
Exterior Height
56.8 "
Front Headroom
40.3 "
Rear Headroom
37.7 "
Front Legroom
42.7 "
Rear Legroom
35.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,552 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Gray Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
None
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Fm/hd, Fm/hd, Seek-scan
Speakers
7
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Smart Device-as-key
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance Lane Departure / Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear / Autopark Automated
Security Systems
Sentry Mode
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
96 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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