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CarsDirect Target Price
$40,630
Expert Rating
3.9 (Good)

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2023 Base 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $40,630
2023 Long Range 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,630
2023 Performance 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $52,630

Overview

What's New

Tesla doesn’t follow traditional model years like other automakers, but the 2023 Model 3 hasn’t received any major updates since last year. The big news for the small electric sedan is that it’s eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit again.

Choosing Your Tesla Model 3

Tesla has adjusted the price of the Model 3 multiple times this year. At the moment, the electric sedan starts at $44,880 (including destination, but not the extra savings that Tesla touts) for the base Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive. The Model 3 Performance costs $55,380.

The Model 3 Long Range is not available on Tesla’s website. The model is expected to become available again later this year. Pricing is expected to start around the $53,000 mark.

Engine Choices

The Model 3 is an all-electric sedan that’s available with three different electric configurations, at least when the Long Range trim returns. The base Model 3 comes with rear-wheel drive and a single electric motor on the rear wheels, while the Performance and Long Range trims have two electric motors and all-wheel drive. All Model 3 sedans come with a single-speed transmission.

Tesla doesn’t provide a horsepower figure for its EVs, but it’s clear to see that the dual-motor models bring far more performance with quicker zero-to-60-mph times than the standard rear-wheel-drive model.

When it comes to charging, the Model 3 can get 3 miles of range back every hour when plugged into a 120-volt plug. A Level 2 240-volt charger will bring 44 miles of range in an hour. The Model 3 can also be charged at one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations that can give the Model 3 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes.

ModelEngine Type / Range0-60 mph TimeMPGe (city/highway)
Rear-Wheel DriveElectric motor / 272 miles5.8 seconds138 / 126
Long RangeDual electric motors / 358 miles4.2 seconds134 / 126
PerformanceDual electric motors / 315 miles3.1 seconds118 / 107

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

All Model 3 trims offer seating for up to five people. The sedan has a traditional trunk and a storage compartment under the hood. Together, the Model 3 offers up to 23 cubic feet of cargo space.

Tesla Model 3

Safety Features

Every Model 3 comes with Tesla’s Autopilot suite of advanced safety features. The suite includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, park assist, and parking sensors.

The Model 3 is available with Enhanced Autopilot that brings Navigate on Autopilot, automatic lane change assist, automatic park assist, Summon, and Smart Summon for $6,000.

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Capability package is available for $15,000. The package brings Enhanced Autopilot, traffic sign recognition, traffic light and stop sign control, and Autosteer on city streets. Tesla is continually working on new safety features that will become a part of the package.

Connectivity

Tesla fits the Model 3 with a standard 15-inch touchscreen that acts as the infotainment system and the primary way to change all of the vehicle’s functions since the sedan has minimal physical controls. The Model 3 also comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless charging pad, navigation, Bluetooth, eight audio speakers, an HD Radio, and four USB ports.

Tesla Model 3

2023 Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive – MSRP From $44,880

The entry-level Model 3 has a strong list of standard features that includes a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, synthetic leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, a panoramic glass roof, power-adjustable front seats, keyless entry, and a 7.6-kW onboard charger.

2023 Tesla Model 3 Long Range – MSRP From N/A

The Long Range model adds a second electric motor, an 11.5-kW onboard charger, and a 13-speaker audio system.

2023 Tesla Model 3 Performance – MSRP From $55,380

The sporty Performance trim comes with 20-inch wheels, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, sport suspension, aluminum pedals, high-performance brakes, and a Track driving mode.

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CarsDirect Tip

With up to 358 miles of range, which is one of the highest figures of any EV on sale, the 2023 Tesla Model 3 Long Range is the best choice in the lineup. We recommend waiting until it becomes available, which should be later in 2023. Enhanced Autopilot is a package that worth’s looking into, as it brings high-tech safety features, but we would stay away from Full Self-Driving Capability until Tesla showcases something concrete.

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Prices & Deals

Expert Review

Pros
  • The best-value Tesla there is
  • Rapid yet economical
  • Glorious touchscreen
  • Impressive safety
Cons
  • Poor ride and refinement
  • Quality is a major concern
  • Interior is a bit too stark
  • Lineup and prices keep changing
Expert Rating
3.9 (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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Cheaper and cheerful. As the most affordable route into Tesla ownership, the Model 3 has always stood slightly apart from the Californian marque’s other vehicles. A recent price cut has seen the rear-drive entry-level model reduced to just $45,380, which seems like good value for a spacious five-seater EV that can travel an EPA-estimated 272 miles, before replenishing 175 miles of range in just 15 minutes in a Supercharger bay.

There are two other Model 3 variants, though the Long Range model has inexplicably disappeared from sale at the time of writing (February 2023). We’ll refer to it throughout the article in the hope/expectation it will return at some point. The other model is the appropriately titled Performance variant, costing $64,190 before options.

Safety first. Model 3 buyers will be well protected in the event of an accident. It’s received top scores from both of America’s crash test agencies, while every car incorporates a standard safety kit including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. You can upgrade any 3 with the $15,000 Full Self-Driving Package, but we wouldn’t, because it doesn’t live up to its billing and there are NHTSA and DOJ investigations into its possible role in fatal car crashes. A more sensible option is the $6,000 Enhanced Autopilot system, which can change lanes and park by itself.

Specifications are unchanged irrespective of your powertrain configuration, so every Model 3 comes with a glass roof, five heated seats, wireless device charging, and a heated steering wheel. A warranty covers the powertrain and battery for eight years, and everything else for four.

Tesla Model 3

Not a quality cabin. The interior might be well-equipped, but it’s all rather austere. Tesla’s studied minimalism has arguably gone too far on a dashboard some might describe as stark. The 15-inch landscape touchscreen is a thing of beauty, with crisp graphics and impressively smooth responses, but it’s literally the only thing to see or touch. At least over-the-air updates ensure new features are rolled out as they’re ready, though we can live without the Beavis and Butthead-esque fart mode.

A more pressing concern is the variable build quality on display. Tesla already has a poor reputation for mechanical and electrical maladies, so it’s disappointing to see mismatched colors and panel gaps on many Model 3s. Don’t expect market-leading levels of refinement, either – it’s surprisingly noisy in here for an EV, especially at high speeds. At least it’s spacious for four – a fifth rear passenger might have a heated posterior, but they’d be quite squashed. Rear legroom is decent at just over 35 inches, while the bulbous glass roof accentuates an airy ambiance up front. The trunk offers 19.8 cubic feet of storage and there’s a small frunk as well, though the 60/40 split-folding rear seats don’t drop completely flat.

A blast from the fast. Tesla has done more than anyone to conjoin the concepts of electrification and acceleration. Even in its humblest RWD single-motor guise, the Model 3 will hit 60 miles an hour in less than six seconds. You can almost halve that figure in the Performance model, while the Long Range (when available) falls somewhere in between. From either a standing or rolling start, there’s plentiful power in reserve, while AWD models cope well in snowy weather. One-pedal driving can be selected as an option from the all-knowing central touchscreen.

Dynamic handling comes courtesy of double-wishbone front suspension and a low center of gravity, with the Model 3 weighing in at around 4,000 pounds. Less impressive is the ride, which is firm and jittery, never settling and proving tiresome on longer journeys. In tandem with the aforementioned road noise, you’re unlikely to reach your destination feeling refreshed.

Final thoughts. What to make of the Model 3? In many respects, it offers the best of the brand more affordably than ever before – reprising the ballistic acceleration and standard equipment found in more expensive Tesla models within a more maneuverable body that isn’t compromised by unreliable gullwing doors or a ridiculous steering yoke. It’s received a clean bill of health from America’s crash test agencies, complementing impressive levels of standard safety, while the airy cabin sports comfortable seating and generous standard equipment levels. Add in loads of storage and that gorgeous touchscreen, and it’s easy to see why some buyers are seduced.

To anyone still wavering, we would offer a few words of caution. Until we see concrete evidence of Tesla improving both build quality and overall reliability, the long-term ownership experience can’t be wholeheartedly recommended. The Model 3’s ride and refinement are some way off the standards offered by rival manufacturers, and ongoing price fluctuations may ultimately harm resale values. We’re baffled by the (temporary?) disappearance of Long Range models, and we urge prospective purchasers to avoid the optional Full Self-Driving package, which is both far too expensive and misleadingly titled.

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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
3,862 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Gray Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Metallic Monotone / Quad-coat Monotone / Clearcoat 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
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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