2024 Tesla Model 3 Review

2024 Tesla Model 3 Review

In the realm of electric vehicles, Tesla has firmly established itself as a pioneering force, and the Tesla Model 3 stands as a testament to the brand’s dedication to transforming the automotive industry. The 2024 Tesla Model 3 retains its allure with a fresh design, an appealing estimated driving range, and a budget-friendly price. Since its introduction in 2017, this electric sedan has redefined the electric vehicle landscape by making EVs more affordable for a wider range of consumers.

However, it’s not without its flaws. The Model 3 has grappled with issues like subpar fit-and-finish, a relatively compact cabin, and the absence of sought-after features like Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM satellite radio. Furthermore, the Model 3 relies heavily on its touchscreen for functions, making simple tasks like adjusting mirrors or the steering column a screen-dependent affair. The competition is growing too, with rivals such as the BMW i4, Hyundai Ioniq 6, and Polestar 2 offering comparable packages with fewer trade-offs at similar price points.

Tesla Model 3 Review
Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 2019 Specifications

Here are the specifications of the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Long Range and 2019 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor:

2019 Tesla Model 3 Long Range

2019 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance

Vehicle Type: Front- and mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan Vehicle Type: Front- and mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base Price as Tested: $49,690/$57,690

 

 

Price as Tested: $66,190 (base price: $58,190)

 

 

Powertrain

 

  • Front: Induction AC motor, 184 hp, 177 lb-ft
  • Rear: Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 241 hp, 298 lb-ft
  • Battery Pack: 80.5-kWh lithium-ion
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive

 

Powertrain

 

  • Front: Induction AC motor
  • Rear: Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor
  • Combined Power (C/D est): 470 hp
  • Battery Pack: Liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 75.0 kWh

 

Chassis

 

  • Suspension, F/R: Multilink/multilink
  • Brakes, F/R: 12.6-in vented disc/13.2-in vented disc
  • Tires: Michelin Primacy MXM4, 235/45R-18 98W M+S T0

 

Chassis

 

  • Suspension (F/R): Multilink/multilink
  • Brakes (F/R): 14.0-in vented disc/13.2-in vented disc
  • Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, 235/35R-20 92Y Extra Load T0

 

Dimensions

 

  • Wheelbase: 113.2 in
  • Length: 184.8 in
  • Width: 72.8 in
  • Height: 56.8 in
  • Passenger Volume: 97 ft³
  • Cargo Volume: 15 ft³
  • Curb Weight: 4038 lb

 

Dimensions

 

  • Wheelbase: 113.2 in
  • Length: 184.8 in
  • Width: 72.8 in
  • Height: 56.8 in
  • Passenger Volume: 97 ft³
  • Trunk Volume: 15 ft³
  • Curb Weight: 4072 lb

 

Performance (C/D Test Results)

 

  • 0-60 mph: 4.1 sec
  • 1/4-Mile: 12.6 sec @ 112 mph
  • Top Speed (gov ltd): 145 mph
  • Braking, 70–0 mph: 172 ft
  • Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.87 g

 

Performance (C/D Test Results)

 

  • 0-60 mph: 3.1 sec
  • 1/4 mile: 11.6 sec @ 115 mph
  • Top Speed (manufacturer’s claim): 162 mph
  • Braking, 70–0 mph: 147 ft
  • Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.96 g

 

Fuel Economy

 

  • Observed: 85 MPGe
  • EPA Combined/City/Highway: 116/120/112 MPGe
  • Range: 310 miles

 

Fuel Economy

 

  • 75-mph highway driving: 94 MPGe
  • Highway Range: 220 miles

 

  EPA Fuel Economy

 

  • Combined/City/Highway: 116/120/112 MPGe
  • Range: 310 miles

 

  Transmissions: Direct-drive

 

 

What’s New for the 2024 Model?

For 2024, the Model 3 has undergone some notable updates. These changes include a sleeker front-end design, enhanced cabin soundproofing resulting in a quieter interior, and an array of upgraded standard features. Although the alterations in the Model 3’s aesthetics are relatively minor, they have a significant impact, giving the car a fresher and more refined appearance. The interior showcases improved materials of higher quality, with Tesla also emphasizing the use of additional sound-deadening materials and acoustic glass to reduce road noise.

2024 Tesla Model 3 upgrades
2024 Tesla Model 3 Upgrades

The steering wheel has been revamped, eliminating blinker and transmission-shifter stalks. Furthermore, the seats feature new perforated upholstery and now provide ventilation for the front-seat occupants. Rear-seat passengers receive their own 8.0-inch display for adjusting climate controls or even enjoying Netflix. It’s anticipated that the updated 2024 Tesla Model 3 will be available for ordering through the company’s website by the close of 2023.

EV Motor, Power, and Performance

In line with typical electric vehicles (EVs), the Model 3 demonstrates impressive acceleration, operating smoothly and nearly silently. The electric motor delivers substantial power right from the start, resulting in brisk acceleration, particularly in some trim levels. As is customary with Tesla vehicles, the Model 3’s battery is strategically placed beneath the vehicle’s floor, which contributes to a low center of gravity. This characteristic enhances its agility, allowing for precise and stable cornering. The steering is both accurate and appropriately weighted, offering three different settings that allow for customization of the steering effort to suit driver preferences.

The ride quality is firm yet comfortable, avoiding any harshness. However, without the typical noise associated with internal combustion engines, you may notice a notable amount of road noise within the cabin as the tires interact with the imperfections in the road surface.

Tesla Model 3 0-60 MPH Time

When it comes to acceleration, the Model 3 Long Range managed to reach 60 mph in our test in just 4.1 seconds, while the Model 3 Performance achieved an even more remarkable 3.5 seconds for the same feat. Although we have not conducted tests on the base Model 3, which features a single rear-wheel-drive electric motor, it is expected to deliver slightly slower acceleration compared to the all-wheel-drive Long Range model.

Range, Charging, and Battery Life

The Model 3 is available in three distinct trims, each offering varying estimated driving ranges. The base model, featuring rear-wheel drive, boasts a claimed range of 272 miles. Opting for the Long Range or Performance models enhances the Model 3’s estimated range significantly, with the Performance version achieving 315 miles and the Long Range delivering an impressive 333 miles. However, reaching these distances can be more challenging in real-world scenarios, as confirmed during our extensive testing of the Long Range Model 3. When it comes to charging, the Model 3 offers multiple options, including access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, adapters for DC public charging stations, various voltage outlets (240 and 120 volts), and a home charging station.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

In terms of fuel economy and real-world MPGe (Miles Per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent), the Model 3 receives EPA ratings ranging from 113 to 138 MPGe for different versions. However, our own evaluation, conducted during a 75-mph highway fuel economy test, recorded a lower figure of 84 MPGe for the Model 3. Notably, the Model 3 comes standard with aluminium wheels that are fitted with aerodynamic hubcaps made of plastic. To determine the impact of these hubcaps on the car’s driving range, we conducted tests and discovered that they provided more aerodynamic benefits than initially anticipated. For further details on the Model 3’s fuel economy, you can refer to the EPA’s official website.

Design and Exterior

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 retains the sleek and minimalist design that has become emblematic of Tesla’s vehicles. Its exterior is marked by clean lines, a low profile, and an absence of unnecessary ornamentation. The sedan is available in three distinct variants: Standard Range Plus, Long Range, and the Performance model.

2024 Tesla Model 3 Design and Exterior
2024 Tesla Model 3 Design and Exterior

The Performance model distinguishes itself with a carbon fiber spoiler, a more aggressive stance, and 20-inch Uberturbine wheels. The 2024 Model 3 is equipped with LED headlights, sleek door handles, and an available glass roof, providing passengers with a panoramic view of the sky above.

Interior and Comfort

Tesla has consistently pushed the envelope in terms of interior design and quality, and the 2024 Model 3 is no exception. The cabin is stylish and understated, featuring high-quality materials and minimalistic aesthetics. The cabin is roomy and comfortable, with ample space for passengers in both the front and rear seats.

2024 Tesla Model 3 Interior and Comfort
2024 Tesla Model 3 Interior and Comfort

The centerpiece of the interior is the 15-inch touchscreen display that controls most of the car’s functions. This screen houses the infotainment system, navigation, climate control, and various vehicle settings. In addition to the screen, the Model 3 includes a premium audio system, smartphone integration, and standard features such as heated front seats and a tinted glass roof.

Performance and Handling

Tesla’s dedication to electric vehicle technology is most evident in the Model 3’s performance. The 2024 Model 3 offers three variants, each with its unique performance characteristics:

  • Standard Range Plus: This entry-level model is no slouch, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. It has a top speed of 140 mph and offers a range of around 263 miles.
  • Long Range: The Long Range variant offers more power and a higher top speed. It can reach 60 mph in under 4 seconds and boasts a range of approximately 358 miles.
  • Performance: As the sportiest of the bunch, the Performance model is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 162 mph and offers a range of about 322 miles.

All models are equipped with Tesla’s Autopilot system, which provides advanced driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, automatic lane-keeping, and lane departure warning.

Technology and Infotainment

Tesla is renowned for its cutting-edge technology, and the 2024 Model 3 continues to set the standard for in-car tech. The 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system is the hub of the car’s technology. This system is responsible for everything from navigation to media control to vehicle settings.

In addition to the touchscreen, the Model 3 features over-the-air software updates, which means the vehicle continues to improve and evolve even after purchase. This ensures that the car remains up-to-date with the latest features and enhancements.

Safety Features

Tesla prioritizes safety, and the Model 3 is loaded with features to keep passengers secure. It has received top safety ratings, and its suite of driver-assistance features, including automatic emergency braking, collision avoidance, and blind-spot monitoring, provides an additional layer of protection. The Model 3 is designed with a reinforced passenger compartment to enhance crash safety. Here are the key safety features:

  • Standard automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

Sustainability

One of the key selling points of the 2024 Tesla Model 3 is its commitment to sustainability. As an all-electric vehicle, it produces zero tailpipe emissions. Tesla is also making strides in sustainable manufacturing, using eco-friendly materials and renewable energy sources to build its cars. This aligns with Tesla’s broader mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Warranty and Maintenance

When it comes to warranty and maintenance coverage, Tesla offers one of the lengthier packages in the electric vehicle (EV) segment, although it lacks corrosion protection, which is somewhat disappointing. The Long Range model does come with a noteworthy extension of 20,000 miles on its battery and drive component coverage.

Here’s a breakdown of Tesla’s warranty coverage:

  • Limited warranty: This covers your Tesla for four years or up to 50,000 miles.
  • Powertrain warranty: Tesla provides an extensive powertrain warranty that spans eight years or up to 100,000 miles.
  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance: Unlike some competitors, Tesla does not include complimentary scheduled maintenance as part of its coverage.

It’s important to note that while the overall warranty duration is generous, the absence of corrosion protection might be a concern for some potential buyers.

What is the Pricing and which one to buy?

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is projected to have a price range starting from approximately $42,000 and reaching up to about $55,000. In its base trim level, it features a single motor powering the rear wheels, while all other variants are equipped with two motors for all-wheel drive capability. While the entry-level rear-wheel-drive model offers a compelling value proposition, its EPA-estimated driving range of 272 miles may not completely alleviate range concerns for certain drivers. For those seeking greater range, we would suggest considering the Long Range model, which provides an estimated 333 miles of driving per charge. Notably, all Model 3 configurations include standard features like heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, and Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system.

The Verdict

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is an impressive manifestation of Tesla’s vision for the future of transportation. With its striking design, outstanding performance, advanced technology, and unwavering commitment to sustainability, the Model 3 solidifies Tesla’s position as an industry leader in electric vehicles. Whether you’re an eco-conscious driver or a tech enthusiast, the 2024 Model 3 is a vehicle worth considering. It’s more than just a car; it’s a glimpse into the future of automotive innovation.

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