2020 Tesla Model 3

Original MSRP Range
$35,000 - $54,990
Available Style(s)
Sedan
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2020 Tesla Model 3

What We Like

  • Up to 322-mile driving range
  • Fast acceleration
  • Good crash test scores
  • Most affordable car in the Tesla lineup (for now)
  • Performance model's Track Mode

What We Don't

  • Everything in one screen can be distracting for the driver
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Second-row seat comfort
  • Doesn't get Ludicrous Mode

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.8/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Tesla Model 3?

For 2020, Tesla somewhat improves the functionality and user friendliness of the Model 3's massive touchscreen display, improves rear seat comfort and squeezes out a few more miles per charge, with the Long Range model now capable of traveling 322 miles. See the 2020 Tesla Model 3 for sale

Which Model 3 is the Best?

For its added range and upgraded feature set, we'd go with the Long Range model, then toss in the enhanced Autopilot self-driving upgrade just for good measure. The Performance model is nice and you won't sacrifice any additional range, but can you really tell the difference between 4.4 and 3.2 seconds? Find a Tesla Model 3 for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Tesla Model 3 Cost?

The 2020 Model 3 comes in three trims: Standard Plus, Long Range and Performance. Tesla's pricing uses some backhanded ways of dropping the price, basically calculating gas savings and possible local tax breaks into the price. We've listed the list price without the possible discounts. Because Tesla has now exceeded the government's 200,000 models sales quota, the $7,500 federal tax credit for the Model 3 no longer applies. The tax credit for cars purchased before January 2020 is $1,875. After that, no more credits will be offered.

The Model 3 Standard Plus ($39,490) comes with rear-wheel drive, Autopilot (automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring), heated 12-way adjustable power front seats, an immersive sound audio system, standard maps and navigation, fog lights, Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, black paint, 18-in wheels, a 15-in center control screen, power windows, power locks, auto-dimming power folding heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, app-based key for entry and some car functions, a rear camera, a tinted glass panel roof and eight airbags. Options include paint colors other than Pearl White ($1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 depending on color) and the enhanced Autopilot system with full self-driving capabilities for $7,000.

The Model 3 Long Range ($49,490) adds a longer driving range (322 versus 250 miles) and a slightly faster 0-to-60 mph time (4.4 seconds versus 5.3 seconds) and dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD). Also on board is the Premium interior that adds heated front and rear seats, 14-speaker Premium audio with subwoofer and two amps, satellite-view maps with live traffic visualization, in-car internet music streaming, an internet browser, LED fog lamps, a location-aware garage door opener, four USB ports and docking for two smartphones.

The Model 3 Performance ($56,990) brings an even faster 0-to-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds plus 20-in performance wheels, a lowered suspension, performance brakes, a carbon fiber spoiler, a Track mode and an increased top speed of 162 mph.

The Model 3 warranty covers 8-year/unlimited on the battery and drive unit, while the rest of the car comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

Model 3 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Model 3 Long Range AWD$46,990 / N/AElectricnullN/ASingle-SpeedAWD4WD
Model 3 Performance AWD$54,990 / N/AElectricnullN/ASingle-SpeedAWD4WD
Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD$37,990 / N/AElectricnullN/ASingle-SpeedRWD
Model 3 Standard Range RWD *Ltd Avail*$35,000 / N/AElectric258N/ASingle-SpeedRWD

Is the 2020 Tesla Model 3 a Safe Car?

In addition to its numerous safety features, which include a super-strong frame cage, forward emergency braking, a blind zone alert, lane-departure warning, electronic traction and stability control and eight airbags, the Tesla Model 3 can also tout a 5-star government crash test rating and a Top Safety Pick+ honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The fully autonomous driving mode can help reduce fatigue and avoid accidents, but as of now, it still requires you to keep a hand on the wheel and your eyes on the 15-in touch screen.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain8 Years/120,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2020 Tesla Model 3 vs the competition

2020 Nissan Leaf -- The Nissan Leaf can't quite go the distance compared to the Model 3, but its 226-mile range isn't bad, and the Leaf's base price along with the $7,500 federal tax credit undercuts the Model 3's bottom line buy a good bit. The Leaf also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2020 Chevrolet Bolt -- The Bolt also costs less than the Model 3, qualifies for the reduced federal tax credit and has a range of 238 miles. However, for the money, the Model 3 offers way more tech and advanced features, available AWD and much faster acceleration. The Bolt also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2020 Kia Niro EV -- The Niro EV isn't as luxurious, fast or impressive as the Model 3, but it also isn't nearly as expensive. With 239 miles of range, the Niro comes closest to the Model 3's range of any electric vehicle (EV). It can't drive itself, but it does come with an impressive warranty, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Used Tesla Model X -- If you can't swing a loaded Model 3, try looking at an older version of the larger Model X. The Model X first arrived in 2015, and older models had a bit less range and power but many of the same features as the new one. The 2015 Model X 60D was the least expensive version, with only a 200-mile range.

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