While the 2020 Tesla Model 3 may not be the affordable “everyone car” Tesla promised upon its introduction, it is still an attractive prospect for anyone shopping the midsize luxury car market. Though it got off to a rocky start, Tesla is now filling orders for the Model 3, which starts around $40,000.
That price may be reduced a bit by state or local tax credits, although the federal tax credit program will no longer apply to Tesla cars after January 2020. So what do you get for your money?
Well, the base rear-drive Model 3 can travel 250 miles on a charge, accelerate to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 mph. Roughly the same size as the Audi A5 Sportback, the Model 3 offers room for five, although four is a more comfortable fit.
In typical Tesla fashion, the Model 3 is loaded with high-tech innovations such as a single large display screen with internet capability through which all functions are operated. An available semi-autonomous driving mode upgrade includes a summons feature that lets you call your Model 3 from its parking space via a smartphone.
On the downside, the Model 3 isn’t big on rear-seat space or comfort, the single-screen control panel and enhanced Autopilot features both require too much driver attention to operate, and supply and build quality issues are yet to be fully resolved.
What’s New for 2020?
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.
5/ How much will a Tesla Model 3 cost? ?
- 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
- 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
4/ The Tesla Model 3 & the Fuel Economy
As the Tesla Model 3 is powered solely by electricity, the Environmental Protection Agency has a different measurement for its range calculated under the MPGe standard. MPGe stands for Miles Per Gallon Equivalent or roughly the same amount of energy produced by one gallon of gasoline.
The 2020 Model 3 Standard Plus earns a 141 MPGe combined rating, meaning that on a single charge, it can travel 250 miles. The Long Range and Performance models bump the distance up to 322 miles, while the Performance model splits the difference at 310 miles.
Charging with a conventional 110-volt outlet isn’t really practical, as it produces only about two miles of range per hour of charging, which would literally take days. Using a 240-volt charger reduces that time to between eight and 12 hours depending on the type of charger, but at a Tesla Supercharging station, that time drops to about an hour and a half for a complete charge from empty.
In the real world, most people won’t need a full charge, so getting roughly 180 miles worth of juice at a Tesla Supercharging station should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
3/ Main Features & Options in The Tesla Model 3
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.