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2020 Standard Range 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $35,000
2020 Standard Range Plus 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $37,990
2020 Long Range 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $46,990
2020 Performance 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $54,990
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3.7 (Good)

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: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 serves as the electric luxury brand's entry-level offering. The midsize sedan sees no major changes this year, although Tesla regularly updates its cars' operating software via wi-fi. The Model 3 debuted in 2017.

Choosing Your Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 comes in three trim levels: Standard Range Plus, Long Range, and Performance. Pricing starts at $41,190 including destination for the Standard Range Plus and tops out at $58,190 for the Performance.

Engine Choices

The rear-wheel-drive Standard Range Plus model carries a single electric motor, while the Long Range and Performance trims come with all-wheel drive and dual motors – one for each set of drive wheels.

ModelEngine TypeRange0-60 mph Time
Standard Range PlusElectric motor250 miles5.3 seconds
Long RangeDual electric motors322 miles4.4 seconds
PerformanceDual electric motors322 miles3.2 seconds

All models use a single-speed automatic transmission. Tesla says you can recharge up to 172 miles in 15 minutes at one of their Supercharger locations.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Model 3 seats up to five adults, although four is probably the limit on longer trips. The trunk measures 15 cubic feet, which is typical for a sedan of this size.

Tesla Model 3

Safety Features

Every Model 3 comes with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

For $7,000, buyer can add what Tesla calls Full Self-Driving Capability, which includes fully automated highway driving from on-ramp to off-ramp, automated parking, and a summon feature that allows the car to drive itself to the owner in parking lots. Tesla says it will update the system later this year to permit automated driving on city streets.

The Model 3 carries a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. It was also named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

Connectivity

The standard infotainment system features a 15-inch touchscreen, four USB ports, wi-fi, navigation, and a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system. Two smartphone docks are included, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available.

The subscription-based Premium Connectivity Package ($9.99/month) provides live traffic visualization, satellite-view maps, and internet browsing and video streaming capability. It's included free for 30 days.

Tesla Model 3

Standard Range Plus - From $41,190

The Models 3 Standard Range Plus starts out with 12-way power and heated front seats, driver memory, heated and power-folding side mirrors, a tinted glass roof, and dark 18-inch wheels with aerodynamic covers. Buyers can get 19-inch aluminum sport wheels for $1,500.

The standard interior is all black with leather-like synthetic seats and woodgrain dash trim. The black and white interior option ($1,000) provides white seating surfaces and door panel trim, as well as a metallic dash applique.

Long Range - From $50,190

The Model 3 Long Range comes with the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain and can go up to 322 miles on a full charge. Buyers also get heated rear seats, premium floor mats, LED fog lights, and 12 free months of the Premium Connectivity Package.

Performance - From $58,190

Along with the Long Range upgrades, the Performance model carries an enhanced power setup for even faster acceleration. The no-cost Performance Upgrade adds a lowered suspension, performance brakes, a track driving mode, aluminum pedals, and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. With this equipment, the Model 3 is capable of hitting 162 mph, although range drops to 299 miles.

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The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range model offers class-leading range and performance for just over $50,000, which makes it the obvious choice in our book.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Genuinely fun
  • Excellent range
  • Everyday usability
  • Lots of tech features
Cons
  • Still expensive
  • Extra road noise
  • Hit-or-miss build quality
  • Heavy screen dependence
Expert Rating
3.7 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The future is now. Tesla has come a long way from the launch of the original Roadster, or even the landmark Model S. But its mission remains the same: make electric cars that can beat gas-powered rivals at their own game.

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 takes that vision further, especially now that the full model lineup is available. The Standard Range Plus version is now the cheapest Tesla available, and it still gets 283 horsepower and 250 miles of range. Rear-wheel drive gives that trim the best miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe) rating on the market — an EPA-estimated 141 MPGe combined.

The all-wheel-drive Long Range and Performance models get two motors and larger batteries, for a total range of 322 miles. Either way, the Model 3 goes a long way toward making electric car ownership practical. Tesla’s range is among the best among the market, and with a growing network of charging stations, there are fewer reasons to stick with gas.

It’s even easier to switch when the Model 3 drives this well. A low center of gravity and precisely tuned steering are the perfect complement to plentiful power and instantly available torque. The Model 3 may look futuristic, but don’t be fooled – this is a good old-fashioned sport sedan.

Ironing out the kinks. When it launched, the Model 3 was criticized for a lack of quality control. Those issues have been ironed out mostly. As the (relatively) affordable member of the Tesla family, the Model 3 was never going to be as opulent as its more expensive siblings. By and large, the sacrifice isn’t too great.

Interior space is still plentiful, and the trunk’s 15 cubic feet of capacity are plenty. The details, like a quick and intuitive climate control system, are impressive.

But compared to similarly priced cars, the Model 3 feels cheap inside. The console feels flimsy, and hard plastics abound in the cabin. Textures are uniform, and despite the striking design, nothing speaks to a feeling of luxury. Build quality remains only average, which is hard to stomach at this price.

The same is true of road noise. It’s possible that we’re too used to the sound of combustion engines, but we were more aware of road noise in the Model 3. At least the sound system is a good one.


Tesla Model 3

Extreme minimalism. The Model 3 is relatively mainstream on the outside, although the sealed front gives away its intentions. The interior, however, is as futuristic as they come. Unbroken panels of dark and light look either streamlined or drab, depending on your taste.

Even more noticeable than the aesthetics is the interface. In the Model 3, Tesla has entirely purged buttons from the cabin. Instead, everything is controlled through the giant 15-inch tablet on the dash. Vents are adjusted via touch-controlled sliders, and everything from navigation to radio is accessed via voice commands or a series of taps and swipes. Even the speedometer is displayed on the central screen.

The system is responsive and relatively intuitive, but it’s not without drawbacks. The biggest is a lack of smartphone compatibility. Tesla provides some built-in streaming services, but there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Extreme tech, too. Tesla has made headlines for its autonomous driving technology at least as often as its powertrains. The Model 3 isn’t autonomous, but it comes close.

Every Model 3 comes with a sophisticated suite of safety features. This includes the usual suspects like automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors, but it also means an adaptive cruise control system capable of steering for short periods.

Getting the “Full Self-Driving Capability” treatment means shelling out an extra $7,000. The upgraded functionality still doesn’t make the Model 3 autonomous, but it adds some cool features like parking-lot summons. By and large, the technology is helpful and integrated well.

Elon Musk might be out to eliminate keys as well as buttons. The Model 3 uses the driver’s phone as a virtual key, with only an RFID keycard as a backup. Useful convenience, or harbinger of technological dependence? You decide.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Tesla Model 3 is another step toward a fully electric future, and for that we applaud it. It’s hard to dread the arrival of that future when its messengers are so efficient, practical, and enjoyable.

The Model 3 makes a few missteps. Spotty build quality was easier to forgive in the early days, but Tesla needs to step it up if they want to take on established luxury brands. We’re not entirely sold on the single-touchscreen interface, but many buyers may be.

Aside from those faults, the Model 3 is a star. Our favorite is the middle Long Range version, but none disappoint.

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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
Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Fm/hd, Fm/hd, Seek-scan
Speakers
8
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power 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
Lane Departure / Autopilot Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Autosteer W/auto Lane Change 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
Security System
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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