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2017 Tesla Model 3

Original MSRP Range
$35,000--$44,000
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2017 Tesla Model 3

What We Like

  • Up to 310-mile driving range
  • Fast acceleration
  • Good crash test scores
  • Most affordable car in the Tesla lineup

What We Don't

  • Everything in one screen can be distracting for the driver
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Second-row seat comfort
  • No Insane or Ludicrous mode

Overview

What's New in the 2017 Tesla Model 3?

The 2017 Tesla Model 3 is all-new this year. See the 2017 Tesla Model 3 models for sale near you

Which Model 3 is the Best?

For now, there is only one model, so we'd go ahead and add whatever options are offered and enjoy. If you can wait, Tesla is promising a Model 3 with more options (like all-wheel drive), as well as a less contented model for around $35,000, but neither may arrive until 2018. Find a Tesla Model 3 for sale

How Much Does a 2017 Tesla Model 3 Cost?

The 2017 Model 3 comes in just one trim: Long Range. Tesla talks about a lower price Standard trim, but at the time of this review, it exists nowhere on their consumer site. 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. The 2017 Model 3 also qualifies for the government's $7,500 federal tax credit.

The Model 3 Long Range ($44,000) comes with RWD, 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, a 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. The Premium package is mandatory and adds heated front and rear seats, 14-speaker premium audio with subwoofer and two amps, satellite-view maps with live traffic visualization, LED fog lamps, a power-adjustable steering column, leather seats, four USB ports and docking for two smartphones. Options include paint colors other than black ($1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 depending on color) and the enhanced Autopilot system with full self-driving capabilities for $5,000.

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$44,000 / N/AElectric271N/ASingle-SpeedRWD / AWD4WD
Model 3 Standard$35,000 / N/AElectric258N/ASingle-SpeedRWD / AWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2017 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. 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
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2017 Tesla Model 3 vs the competition

2017 Nissan Leaf -- The Nissan Leaf can't quite go the distance compared to the Model 3, but its 107-mile range isn't far from most other electrics, and the Leaf's base price along with the $7,500 federal tax credit undercuts the Model 3's bottom line by a good bit.

2017 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 and much faster acceleration. The Bolt also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2017 Kia Soul EV -- The Soul EV has a 93-mile range, comes nicely equipped and has a coolness factor about it that we love. It also cost less than the Model 3 and has a larger dealer network.

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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