The 2017 Tesla Model 3 is all-new this year. See the 2017 Tesla Model 3 models for sale near you
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
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.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||8 Years/120,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
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
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.