Telsa’s has some of the best electric cars on the market, but for the longest time, their price range put them out of reach for the average driver. The Model 3 is hoping to change that by becoming an electric car for the masses, but is it worth the wait? Let’s take a closer look at the Tesla Model 3 and see if it lives up to all the hype.
Handles Like a Dream
One of the best things about the Model 3 is the fact that the heavy battery pack is low in the car, lowering its center of gravity. This design helps contribute to the car’s high safety rating. It recently passed the “moose test,” which simulates swerving to avoid an obstacle in the road, at speeds of 45 to 50 miles per hour. The Tesla Model 3 not only passed the test with flying colors, but it also did so while setting a speed record at 51.5 miles per hour. Keeping the battery pack low in the car’s frame helps it hug the road, reducing chances of a rollover and improving the car’s overall handling.
All The Bells and Whistles
You can’t have a new Tesla without a few bells and whistles, and the Model 3 delivers. The interior of the Model 3 is chock-full of cutting-edge technology, though you’d never know it because of the bare-bones dashboard. All you see is the 15-inch touchscreen and an air vent. You can control everything from that touchscreen, so the only buttons you’ll find in the cabin are the ones for the hazard lights if you don’t count the buttons for the windows or the door handles.
Special Order or Pay More
It’s supposed to be an electric car for the masses, but if you want the $35,000 price, you need to special-order your Model 3. If you hope to get your hands on one a little sooner, expect to pay quite a bit more. The cheapest option online right now is $41,100. There are four options for the Model 3, depending on how much you’re interested in paying. The Standard-Range Battery model starts at $36,600 — this is the special-order model. The Standard-Range Plus Battery model is the $41,100, while the Long-Range Battery option adds $10,000 to the price tag, bringing it up to $51,100. For a performance Model 3, you’ll shell out $61,100.
Is It an Electric Car for the Masses?
Has Tesla finally created an electric car for the masses? While it’s more cost-effective than the other Tesla models, the base options are nevertheless in the same price class as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or BMW 3-series models. It’s a step in the right direction, but Teslas still aren’t as affordable as other electric sedans in the same class. That said, we’re still excited to see the Tesla Model 3 and others as they start to become more affordable. Automobiles are one of the leading emitters of greenhouse gases, so if we hope to become a zero-emissions species, moving away from fossil-fuel-powered vehicles is one of the first steps.