revealed over five years ago. This car hasn’t changed too much until you really look into it. However, once you do, you see that there are a number of improvements that have brought this car further and further into the future towards the end of last year. Is when tesla added most of the upgrades to this car – and i took delivery of it just over three months ago, at this point, i’ve driven it enough to have things you wouldn’t notice, at delivery pop up, so today, i’m going to review the latest model 3. Let you know the good and bad in my experience so far, and some of the things to keep in mind if you’re looking to buy one so let’s get into it Music. Currently, the tesla model 3 is at a higher than normal price due to some parts shortages that the entire industry is facing, as well as overwhelming demand for this vehicle. In fact, the model 3 is currently sold out through q3 of this year, meaning that, depending on which spec you get, you could be waiting up to 13 weeks to take delivery. Tesla doesn’t hold inventory the same as other companies and their production capacity also isn’t as expansive. Yet so their cars could be considered made to order. The three main specs for the model 3 are standard range plus starting right under forty thousand dollars. At thirty. Nine thousand. Nine hundred and ninety dollars – this is the model three i have, and the only difference between this and the more expensive models comes with battery speed and some small interior differences.
Like rear heated seats in the past, i always thought that the standard range model 3 wasn’t really worth it. You know it’s standard range it’s, one of the slowest teslas you can buy, but after owning it i’ve come to a very different conclusion. The standard range model 3 gets an epa estimated range of 263 miles. The top speed is a whopping 140 miles per hour, and the 0 to 60 is 5.3 seconds. It feels like a little spaceship because it accelerates super quick thanks to instant torque and it accelerates with almost no sound. The long range model 3 starts at 48. 990 gets an epa range of 90 miles more than the standard range at 353 miles. A top speed of 145 miles per hour and a 0 to 60 of 4.2 seconds for those looking for performance. The performance model 3 starts at 56 990. It gets 315 miles of range, a top speed of 162 miles per hour and a 0 60 in 3.1 seconds. Specific upgrades for that model include 20 inch, uber turbine wheels performance brakes a carbon fiber, spoiler, aluminum, alloy pedals and a lowered suspension aside from those upgrades, as well as a few, hardly noticeable downgrades on the standard range model. 3. These cars are 99. The same in regards to features the outside of the model, 3 features four doors: a normal trunk, an all glass roof and a very spacious additional front trunk, since it’s all electric there’s, no engine and most of the inner workings of the car are tucked in.
Behind the front truck storage area, the trunk is very spacious, as well with an under storage, compartment and side cubby. If you need more, you can fold down the seats for a pass through i’ve used this plenty of times for large objects, and it works great. You have everything you’d expect from a normal vehicle like headlights, rear lights and auto dimming side mirrors all around the car is a matte black trim, which pops really nice against any of the five colors that tesla sells around the outside. There are also eight cameras that work together for tesla’s autopilot suite. On top of that there are ultrasonic sensors and in the past there was an included radar sensor and this sensor was included on my car three months ago. But now this sensor has been removed in the model 3 and model y by tesla. According to tesla quote, we are continuing the transition to tesla vision. Our camera based autopilot system, beginning with deliveries in may 2021 model 3 and model y vehicles built for the north american market, will no longer be equipped with radar. Instead, these will be the first tesla vehicles to rely on camera vision and neural net processing to deliver autopilot, full self driving and certain active safety features. Now, for a few weeks, the features were a tad limited from what they used to be. The included auto steer feature was capped at 75 miles per hour, but tesla said quote in the weeks ahead.
We’Ll start restoring these features via a series of over the air software updates. These features have now been mostly restored. With a recent software update pushed to all cars automatically, however, if you’re watching this later in the year, it’s likely that these updates have already completely arrived to get all of these features back to what they’ve been in the past, with a top speed of 90 miles Per hour for auto steer, currently newly delivered model 3s and ys are capped at 80 miles per hour for auto steer we’ll get into that more in depth. In a minute, when designing a model 3 online, you can choose from 5 paint colors, all of which look great. In my opinion, i have the stock 18 inch aero wheels and for the model 3 and y, i now recommend to always go stock. If you value ride quality, the 2021 model 3 is a smooth ride, but the larger the wheel, the harsher it gets. I especially experienced this in my 2020 model y, where the 20 inch wheels were incredibly bumpy. I switched to the stock 19 inch wheels a few months ago and saw a huge improvement in ride quality. However, if style is more important than ride quality to you, tesla sells 19 inch. Sport wheels for fifteen hundred dollars extra. If you get the performance model, you’ll get 20 inch, uber turbine wheels, the bigger the wheel, the smaller the tire, so the better it looks the harsher the ride.
Interior options are standard. Black, like i have or white, which looks really great as well. We’Ll talk all about the interior and screen in a minute, but first let’s talk about the overarching bad aspects of this car. I’Ll give you my honest commentary on features throughout the video, but there are a few things to mention. First tesla is known for deliveries with issues that shouldn’t exist on luxury priced cars. When i took delivery of this model 3, it was overall great, but i also had a few small issues. There were a couple of paint scratches that they fixed at the delivery center. Some odd alignments on the trim inside and a wrinkle in one of the seats now after driving it for three months. There is a rattle in the passenger side door that i cannot find along with a creaky armrest on the passenger door. You can hear it right here. Things like this happen on a lot of cars that tesla delivers and it’s pretty unfortunate. Luckily, these all have gotten way better in the past few years to where my only complaints are small, creaks and such, but i still wish that those didn’t exist. I want to mention this up front since it’s, something to look out for aside from that. I’Ve had no issues with this car aside from some complaints as to the design itself and we’ll get into that to get in the car, the model 3 doesn’t come with a traditional key or key fob.
Instead, it comes with two key cards that you tap to the side pillar to unlock. However, the real key is your smartphone and it’s. By far the easiest it connects via bluetooth and unlocks on approach and locks. As you walk away, i had some more issues with this in the past, where it wouldn’t unlock and i’d, have to pull out my phone and use the app to unlock, but lately i actually haven’t experienced this quite as much if neither of those options are good For you, tesla does sell a key fob for an additional 150 dollars that will do the same automatic, unlocking and locking, and it includes buttons for locking opening the trunk or popping the frunk inside the model. 3 seats, 5 comfortably the front seats have very adjustable controls and the driver’s seat has moving lumbar support. The passenger seat. Lumbar support is fixed, which may bother some, but in theory it shouldn’t be a big deal. I don’t know how many passengers will actually get in this car and fix their lumbar support specifically, but who knows so it’s good to note the rear seats, three and the center seat, folds down for cup holders and an arm rest? If preferred these seats are fixed and do not have any adjustments. All seats are heated in the long range and performance model, but only the front seats are heated in the standard range, cheapest version. However, you can buy a software unlock for those rear seats.
If you want them for an additional 300, as you can see, the headroom and overall visibility is greatly improved from the average car thanks to the all glass roof. The glass roof has a beam down the middle that rear passengers will see, but it still provides an incredible view. It comes tinted from the factory and i’ve only felt it get a little too warm when driving in 110 plus degree weather that glass roof has a progressive tint in the back as well all the way down to the trunk area and that actually provides some great Rear visibility, especially when compared to the model y inside the interior, is usually the most striking part of the model. 3.. There are hardly any buttons when compared to the average vehicle, and it gives it a minimalist aesthetic that i personally can’t go back on. The 15 inch center display controls. Almost everything you do in the vehicle aside from driving and the software in ui makes it really great to use it’s, basically a giant ipad that controls everything in the vehicle and gives you all of your relevant information when driving the center console includes an armrest with Storage cup holders, as well as a sliding drawer for more storage up front right under the screen, is a wireless charger for two smartphones that has worked great for us so far. There are two usb c ports in the center console as well as two in the back of it.
Additionally, there is a usb, a port in the glove box that comes pre installed, with a flash drive to save sentry mode and dash cam footage we’ll talk about that more in depth. In a little bit, the doors have side pockets for more small storage, as well as slots for water bottles, and the glove box can be open from the screen. Although it’s quite small, now before we get into the screen, let’s go through all the physical buttons that this car has on the steering wheel is the horn. Then there are two stocks and two scroll wheels. The left stock lets you initiate windshield wipers and is used as the turn signal. The right stock is for shifting into drive into reverse or going into park by pressing the button. Then, when you are driving it functions for autopilot, the left scroll wheel on the steering wheel is dedicated to media controls. You press the wheel to pause or play media you scroll up or down to control volume, and then you click left or right to skip back and forth between songs. It may sound like a lot of options, mapped to one scroll wheel but it’s incredibly intuitive. Once you get it. The right scroll wheel is dedicated to autopilot and voice commands. You click the scroll wheel to initiate a voice command you scroll up or down to adjust. Your autopilot speed and click left or right to adjust your autopilot following distance.
I much prefer these controls to having separate buttons labeled for each possible task. Then, of course, there are window buttons buttons to open up the doors. A button above you for your flashers, your seat, controls and, of course, the accelerator and brake pedals. Aside from those controls, everything else you do is controlled on screen it’s a beautiful, responsive, 15 inch screen in the center of the dash first. I love the fact that the screen allows you to input multiple driver profiles, you pair your profile with a specific key, so that when you enter the vehicle, it remembers all of your settings. It remembers seat placement, steering, wheel, placement, climate settings, autopilot preferences, general preferences and much more all of it adjusts automatically to your preferences. When you step in the car, your main details are on the left, dedicated to your driving essentials when parked it will display your vehicle, along with buttons for the front trunk and charging port when driving. You have speedometer autopilot cruise control, speed, autopilot, visualizations and by sliding over here you reveal the cards for trips or tire pressure. This is also where it will pop up to adjust windshield wiper settings. If you need to do so again, you can initiate wipers from the stock, but any adjustment outside of auto wipers are done on screen. This is the first screen functionality that could bother some if you’re constantly needing to make adjustments. Unfortunately, in my experience, auto windshield wipers are pretty unpredictable and i actually frequently have to adjust them manually, so i need to use the screen for that.
The next main feature that is exclusively on screen is climate settings. Part of what makes the dash so clean on the model 3 is the invisible ac this strip along the dash is where the air flows from, but you can’t just reach over and adjust the vents. Instead, you adjust them by dragging air flow around on screen, it’s actually very handy to use, and i rarely need to change the vents around. It remembers your ac settings and placements based on driver profile. Like i mentioned so the last time i touched anything besides. The temperature up or down a couple of degrees, was the first week of owning this car now let’s, look through the rest of the screen features in the bottom row. Dock are your driving settings which brings up a few menus. You only really need periodically the quick controls. There include options for your lights, although i always use auto lights, those work great and then there are mirror and steering wheel adjustments, window, lock, folding mirrors and display brightness, which again i keep on auto. I almost never use these settings in daily driving and the rest of the menu options. I definitely don’t use every day. Next to that is music with spotify slacker, fm radio phone sync over bluetooth and more. The sound system in all of tesla’s vehicles is incredible and the model 3 is no exception. The model 3 standard range does have a reduced sound system with certain speakers, disabled, so it’s, not as good as the more expensive models, but it still sounds fantastic.
I’M. A musician and the model y is the best i’ve heard so far, but the model 3 standard range still does an incredible job. Next to music is the rear camera which comes up automatically in reverse, but you can bring it up at any time while driving or parked what’s, especially nice, is that you can also see your two side cameras, giving you extra visibility when backing up or driving through A tight zone, windshield wiper adjustments are next to that, and then this button brings up kind of a secondary dock. The secondary dock includes phone options for calling via bluetooth, calendar integration from your phone, another rear camera button. For some reason, energy information charging information and a web browser. Yes, this web browser exists and if you desperately need to use it, you can, but i find that nine times out of ten i’d rather just pull out my phone because it’s extremely slow. The last two things here are entertainment, which includes a long list of fun arcade games to play in the car, along with toybox, which has different fun and ridiculous easter eggs like fart mode there’s, also boombox, which lets you utilize, the exterior speaker to have some fun. You can choose from a list of included, sounds or upload your own funny driving sound if you prefer. It can also play your current media while parked the rest of the controls are dedicated to climate and volume with heated seat, controls, defrosters temperature settings and then volume.
This volume is all the way to the right, mainly for passengers, since you can adjust it with the left scroll wheel. As you drive, then the biggest part of the screen is maps, which is your default view. It’S one of the best maps integrations i’ve, seen in a car, mostly because it’s so large, and provides such a great view. It uses google integration, so navigation works as you’d expect, but it’s also super nice to have during certain unpredictable drives driving in the mountains. Is nice because you can glance over and see what turns you have coming up thanks to the large display, the interface is very user friendly and easy to get used to. Additionally, if you need to charge to reach your destination, the maps will automatically route you to a tesla supercharger along your way, and that takes away any anxiety that you may have around range. The one glaring feature that is missing in the model 3 and all teslas is waypoints right now you can only choose one destination, but owners have been asking for tesla to add this for a long time now. The last word from elon musk on this is alright. Fine we’ll do waypoints here, elon said that they’ll do it and what he means is that they’ll do it for all teslas that’s, because these cars receive regular software updates over the air. Just like your smartphone does. Tesla is constantly improving their vehicles, fixing bugs and adding new features via software updates, and this makes it so that the main features of the 2019 model 3 are now the same as buying a new 2021 model.
3.. Everything on screen is the same, so your car will stay up to date for a long time to come when you’re ready to drive you press the brake press down on the drive stock and then you’re off, there’s, no ignition to start or anything because it’s fully Electric the car is just on once you get in even though it’s nearly dead silent, then the acceleration is way faster than most cars. You are used to thanks to the instant torque it’s, incredibly fast and zippy, and each more expensive model only gets faster, it’s way too much fun, but it also helps in tight spots when you really need to maneuver quickly on the left. Side of the screen is all relevant, driving info like speed, driving direction, charge, blinker and speed limit, as well as a slew of visualizations, showing what is all around you. This also helps give a little bit of confidence in tesla’s safety and self driving systems. It sees lanes other cars, stop signs bike lanes, pedestrians and everything around the vehicle displayed on screen, as i mentioned, driving is incredibly fun. This is the standard range model 3, so it is literally the slowest tesla that you can buy and it’s still incredibly fast and fun to maneuver. What i particularly love about electric vehicles is that they have regenerative braking. That means that when the vehicle breaks, it returns the energy of braking back into the battery, and this enables one pedal driving when you let off the accelerator, it automatically begins, braking to a certain degree.
Once you get used to it, you rarely have to use the brake on a drive. I use my brake, possibly once per drive. If that and i do not miss the constant back and forth of both pedals. Mountain drives in particular demonstrate just how useful one pedal driving is when you’re ready to have the vehicle drive for you. You have a few options that come stock on every model. 3.. First is traffic aware cruise control, once in your lane, press down once on the right drive stock to enter it, the car will retain the speed you set, but also slow down or speed up based on the vehicles around you, you set the maximum speed you’d like To go with the right scroll wheel and the car does the accelerating and braking as you steer. The next level is auto steer press down twice on the right drive stock to enter auto, steer this pairs cruise control, so that you set your top speed and it breaks and accelerates for you with steering so it steers for you to keep you centered in your Lane all of the adjustments are done on the right scroll wheel and if you need to disengage for any reason, you can just tap the brake or press up on the right drivestock. In my experience, autopilot is by no means perfect, but it’s also a game changer. There are times when i’m driving and i need to take over because it was riding too far left in the lane on a curve, or it wasn’t breaking soon enough for my comfort, but overall it does a fantastic job.
I think everyone will find their balance of what they are comfortable with having the car. Do i personally use it on freeways about 90 of the time i get into the lane. I want enter autopilot and then change lanes manually. If i need to, i know the specific circumstances that i don’t trust autopilot in so when i see those coming up, i press up on the right drive stock, take over and then i’m good to go for some people. They’Ll say i want to drive the car. I buy. Why would i trust this? If you still have to pay attention, then what’s the point it’s, just something you have to experience to understand on a one hour drive or longer, with the card doing everything and you’re just there ready to take over just in case it’s, far less fatiguing than doing All of the driving you feel this even more on long road, trips and autopilot is a godsend for those basic included. Autopilot will not change lanes for you, so you have to signal, take over change lanes and then re enter autopilot. You can use autopilot on most roads that are clearly marked, but again i mostly use it on roads that are fairly consistent for longer periods of time. Tesla’S long term goal, though, is for these cars to be fully autonomous via software updates. They are working hard on these systems and if they are something you really believe in that’s, where the full self driving package comes into play currently as i’m filming this video, the full self driving package is an extra 10 000 to add to the model 3.
. This will likely stay the same, but tesla is planning to release a subscription for this package any day now, depending on future functionality and other factors either could be worth it for you and the price may increase over time. My recommendation, however, is that if you don’t think you need it, you probably don’t save the money because it isn’t good enough yet to justify the cost and it stays with the vehicle. So if you sell or trade in you lose that investment, and maybe the subscription would make a lot more sense for you. I have this package on my model y and i didn’t even consider buying it on this model. 3. it’s a software update, so know that you can update your car with this at any time. It does not have to be added to delivery unless you really want to specifically include it in your financing. It includes six main features that i’ll break down. First is navigate on autopilot. This feature is described as driving you from freeway on ramp to off ramp, and it can do so. It will change lanes for you, after your confirmation, move to slower or faster lanes, depending on your preference and handle freeway interchanges for you. It’S, incredibly impressive, but still not quite good enough for me to use it all the time i end up manually taking over quite a bit because it can be buggy trying to get me into the carpool lane when i can’t get in or get me out of It when i shouldn’t that does have its own setting in navigation, but the bug exists for me, regardless auto lane.
Change is great to have and it’s the best part of this package. In my opinion, it allows you to keep autopilot engaged and initiate a lane change depending on what you need and then the car does it for you. I wish that you could buy it on its own aside from their entire ten thousand dollar package, but you can’t, auto park is included and does parallel parking as well as parking in spots, but it actually rarely comes up as an option. For me, it has to be between two other vehicles and some pretty particular circumstances to work. Summon is nice for getting out of tight spots because you can drive forward or backwards with the app smart. Summon, however, is where the vehicle comes to you in a parking lot. In my experience, it’s overly cautious as it should be, and just ends up, stressing me out unless the entire parking lot is empty, tesla lists the full self driving computer as a feature. However, this computer is included in all teslas, regardless of buying. This upgrade last is traffic light and stop sign control where the car will stop at lights and proceed through them with your confirmation. So far, this feature has been very buggy, but it’s expected to get much better when auto steer on city streets officially launches. It says that it is coming later this year, but it has actually said that for over a year now, so the timeline is not reliable whatsoever.
At this point, buying this package is an investment in potential future self driving features that make your car even better and far more valuable. However, so far there have been a lot of empty promises in these particular areas, which is why i don’t recommend this package. Every other part of this car is awesome to me, but i’d say save your money here. One especially great part of this car comes with the tesla app the tesla app functions as your key, but also lets you control a number of other tasks. You can open your trunk or front lock or unlock, but you can also set climate controls. You can do this at any time from anywhere since the car is connected via lte and there are no emissions coming from your car, so heating or cooling in your garage is 100 safe. You can preheat and turn on heated seats or pre cool, depending on your needs under controls. Is everything you’d expect, plus the options to vent your windows turn on valet mode, speed, limit mode or sentry mode? Sentry mode is a built in security system that utilizes the autopilot cameras to record when people get close to your vehicle. This has saved a lot of people in cases where their car has been vandalized and the footage was saved in the car inside the glove box. On the included usb drive, the cameras also record all the time when you’re driving and that can save you in the case of an accident.
You have proof of what truly happened, with the footage saved in your car automatically. Just remember that, while it records all the time it’s constantly rewriting over footage, so you’ll want to save the footage by tapping the dash cam button or have it automatically save. When you honk the horn charging controls, let you set a charging percentage, start charging or unlock the charge port, and this is where i wish some more options existed within the app you can schedule charging to only start on your off peak hours for your power company, But you still have to do that on the car itself. You can’t do that from the app. Lastly, you can check your vehicle’s location at any time, summon it buy upgrades schedule service or get roadside assistance so that’s. The vast majority of the features that this car includes for some it seems limited and for others it seems to have everything you could possibly need. The biggest upgrade, though, that you just can’t see on paper is the fact that it’s a well made electric vehicle. It isn’t just a car that happens to be electric and they didn’t really think that aspect through every fear that you may have with an electric vehicle is taken into account here. First, there are all the benefits of electric like instant torque, a quiet ride, no engine and much less required maintenance. For me, i love driving this car more than any other car. There are also far less parts that need regular fixing and you don’t need regular oil changes.
Additionally, there are zero emissions, so you aren’t directly contributing to co2 emissions, and if you are charging from sustainable sources, you are 100 emissions free. The charging part of an electric car is typically what scares people. The most gasoline infrastructure has been built up for some time, and everyone pretty much knows that they can find a gas station on a trip with an electric car. Where do you charge and how long does it take? Well, first, you charge at home. I do this 98 of the time and it’s actually far more convenient than gas. Gas prices continue to rise and on a normal day i just drive home plug in, and my car charges up overnight for far cheaper than gas. It takes a while to charge on a standard outlet, so typically you’ll want to install a faster plug like a nemo, 1430 or 1450. If you drive a lot, then, if you’re out on the road or can’t charge at home, tesla has a giant supercharger network that continues to grow every day. They just hit 25 000 charging stalls worldwide and they cover you for most charging stops on road trips. I drove to seattle, washington, from los angeles last year in my model y, and i had no problem finding charging along the way and, as i mentioned it routes, you two chargers as you need. The one thing to take in account is that charging does take longer than gas to fill up, it’s, usually around 25 minutes or so at a supercharger.
But if you time it so that you charge while you eat and use the restroom, you hardly notice it also that added time for your road trips is more than made up with all the times that you didn’t have to go to a gas station in your Regular daily routine i’ve been exclusively driving tesla for 15 months now, and i don’t see myself ever going back to a non electric car it’s, far superior in so many ways, and the only time i would say not get one is, if you are constantly road tripping To areas where charging isn’t easy to find for a daily driver, this car is a fantastic buy. As i mentioned earlier, you may have some weird, build quality quirks and may see some frustrating software bugs like the web browser, speed, volume controls disabled while playing games on screen and other weird things like that. To me, however, this car is very much worth it and it’s incredibly fun to drive or have drive for you. That has been my experience with the tesla model 3 for the past three months, and i would absolutely recommend this car to anyone in the market. For one in the meantime, you can check out my full review of tesla’s latest most expensive plaid model s by clicking the link over here or in the description below thanks.