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2022 Base 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $46,990
2022 Long Range 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $57,990
2022 Performance 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $62,990
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3.6 (Good)

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What's New

Unlike the majority of automakers, Tesla prefers to skip traditional model years for making changes whenever it deems necessary. You don’t need to rush online to place an order for a new vehicle when you hear about a change, though, as Tesla pushes out a lot of updates through over-the-air-software updates.

The 2022 Tesla Model 3 arrives with a renamed base trim that’s now called Rear-Wheel Drive. Thanks to a new battery pack that utilizes lithium-ion-phosphate instead of nickel-cobalt-aluminum, range for the Model 3 lineup has increased. The entry-level Model 3 can now travel up to 272 miles on a single charge, while the Long Range trim sees its range go up to 358 miles.

Choosing Your Tesla Model 3

Tesla offers the 2022 Model 3 in three trims. The base Rear-Wheel Drive model costs $48,190, while the Performance trim starts at $63,190. Compared to the previous model year, the Model 3 is approximately $8,000 more expensive.

Electric vehicles from Tesla aren’t eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit anymore. Still, the sedan is eligible for the $750 Clean Fuel Reward in California. Prior to a recent Tesla price increase, the car was also eligible for a $2,000 Clean Vehicle Rebate.

Engine Choices

The all-electric 2022 Model 3 is available with two different powertrains. That entry-level model comes with a single electric motor with rear-wheel drive, while the other two trims feature a dual-motor configuration with all-wheel drive. All Model 3 sedans come with a single-speed transmission.

There are multiple ways to charge a Model 3. With a 120-volt plug, the sedan can get 3 miles of range back every hour. This is the slowest method and we don’t recommend it unless you don’t have another option. Using a 240-volt Level 2 charger results in 44 miles of range every hour.

Tesla also has an extensive map of superchargers around the country that can give the Model 3 200 miles of range in 15 minutes. Owners will find over 30,000 superchargers globally.

ModelEngine TypeRange0-60 mph TimeMPGe (city/highway)
Rear-Wheel DriveElectric motor272 miles5.8 seconds138 / 126
Long RangeDual electric motors358 miles4.2 seconds134 / 126
PerformanceDual electric motors315 miles3.1 seconds118 / 107

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The 2022 Model 3 is a compact sedan that can seat up to five people. Like many other electric cars, the Model 3 has a traditional trunk and a small storage compartment under the hood. Between the two storage compartments, the Model 3 offers up to 15 cubic feet of cargo space.

Tesla Model 3

Safety Features

Tesla offers its comprehensive suite of advanced safety features on every 2022 Model 3. Standard equipment includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a surround-view parking camera, lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and parallel park assist.

The Full Self-Driving Capability package is available for $12,000. It adds Autopark, automatic lane change, Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature that’s a semi-autonomous highway driving mode, a full self-driving computer, traffic light and stop sign control, and a Summon feature that lets the car autonomously come to you in a parking lot.

Connectivity

On the inside, the Model 3 features a 15-inch touchscreen that’s responsible for all of the vehicle’s controls, not just ones for the infotainment system. The system includes Bluetooth, navigation, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a wireless charging pad. Oddly, Tesla does not offer smartphone compatibility with the Model 3.

Tesla Model 3

2022 Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive – MSRP From $48,190

The most affordable Model 3 comes standard with 18-inch wheels, a panoramic glass roof, keyless entry, power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a 7.6-kW onboard charger.

Tesla doesn’t have a lot of optional features. Choosing 19-inch wheels costs an extra $1,500 and a black and white interior is an additional $1,000.

2022 Tesla Model 3 Long Range – MSRP From $55,690

The Long Range trim is the first to come with an electric motor and all-wheel drive. Beyond coming with extra range, the Long Range trim comes with similar standard features as the Rear-Wheel Drive trim.

2022 Tesla Model 3 Performance – MSRP From $63,190

As its name suggests, the Model 3 Performance gains a track-oriented driving mode, sport suspension, high-performance brakes, aluminum pedals, 20-inch wheels, and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler.

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While the 2022 Tesla Model 3 Performance is the one that speaks to us, the more affordable Long Range trim is the way to go. It offers some of the best range of any new vehicle on sale with 358 miles, offers plenty of performance, and comes well-equipped. If you’re looking for a vehicle with some cutting-edge technology, the $12,000 Full Self-Driving Capability package is pricey, but the only way to get these kinds of features on a production vehicle.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Performance becomes more amazing as you move up the range
  • Well-equipped, affordable base model
  • Responsive touchscreen interface
  • Excellent standard safety
Cons
  • Hard ride
  • Noisy at speed
  • Questionable looks
  • Concerns around quality and reliability
Expert Rating
3.6 (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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A futuristic throwback. The Model 3 is a difficult car to analyze if you’re not familiar with EVs – and Tesla vehicles in particular. In some respects, this hatchback-styled sedan is seductively futuristic, with its huge monitor-style touchscreen dominating an otherwise empty dash, and neck-snapping performance from superbly engineered electric motors. It looks like nothing else on the road, and in many respects, it drives like it, too.

Yet in other respects, the Model 3 feels like a throwback. The interior fit and finish are disappointing on a vehicle costing in excess of $70,000 in some configurations; the colors don’t match, the panel gaps are inconsistent and the road noise is startling for an EV. Reliability is a bigger concern, with Tesla’s name routinely at or near the bottom of reliability surveys around the world.

Power you’ll never tire of. There are three configurations for the Model 3, and even the RWD base version is powerful and responsive. Its 0-60 time has increased for the 2022 model year (despite an $8,000 price hike), but it’ll still hit sixty in less than six seconds. The AWD twin-motor Long Range model will reach that speed in 4.2 seconds, and the Performance model more than lives up to its billing by doing it in 3.1 seconds. Few other vehicles can live with that, even among the rarefied waters of the supercar set.

This performance is rendered all the more impressive by its smooth, linear delivery. As electronics wage war with physics, the Model 3 responds to a prod of the throttle with seamless acceleration at any speed. It’s intoxicating, especially in tandem with meaty steering that gives the car some welcome heft. The one bum note is played by the suspension, which serves up a jittery ride that won’t impress anyone, especially around town.

Dashing looks, inside and out. To some eyes, the Model 3 is sleek and futuristic. To others, it’s bulbous and gloopy. We’ll let you decide whether the exterior styling works or not – what’s beyond doubt is its distinctiveness. Allied to a huge glass roof and flush-fitting door handles, it’s a triumph of aerodynamics that stands apart from less characterful sedan/hatchback/SUV rivals. That bulging hood covers a compact frunk with 3.1 sq ft of cargo space, complementing a trunk that swallows just shy of 20 cu ft even before the comfortable rear seats are dropped.

As with the exterior styling, opinions on the pared-back dashboard vary. Some people bemoan the lack of physical controls and the need to endlessly go through menus, though as in-car infotainment systems go, this is up there with the very best. The 15-inch landscape screen responds promptly and accurately, and even the Model 3’s air vents appear to be hidden from view. The infotainment system’s over-the-air updates also ensure regular improvements akin to smartphone operating systems.

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Excellent safety – but not as described. In its standard guise, the Model 3 is an extremely safe vehicle. It’s deservedly received a five-star NHTSA rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. It comes with a wealth of active safety aids including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking. Visibility is strong, too, thanks to all that glass.

There is one caveat to all this, and it’s a big one – the options list. If you’d just paid $12,000 for a Full Self-Driving package, you’d be pretty annoyed to discover it can’t actually drive itself. Indeed, people have died as a result of misunderstanding thus system’s abilities. Paying so much money for automatic lane changing and self-parking simply isn’t worth it, especially when self-parking has been available on other cars for many years, and often more affordable.

Final thoughts. If you want an EV, there’s a great deal to admire about Tesla’s entry-level model. The 3 brings high-performance electric motoring within reach of many consumers, and it does so without any compromises on range. The single-motor RWD version can travel an estimated 272 miles on one charge, while Tesla’s Supercharger network is industry-leading technology. The Model 3 is fast, characterful, futuristic, and places relatively few compromises on its owners.

That said, we question how the 3’s looks will date, and some drivers won’t appreciate the absence of physical controls on the dash. The ride is harsh and the amount of noise generated on the move is remarkable in a car without an engine. Allied to iffy build quality and ongoing concerns around reliability, the baby Tesla remains a flawed, if charismatic, choice.

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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 / 126 / 133 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 / 126 / 133 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
3,648 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 / Quad-coat 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
Autosteer 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
Driver Attention
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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