2019 Tesla Model 3 Electric

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2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Tesla has been leading the charge of the EV revolution of the world and with every passing day, Tesla is bringing in new tech in its cars. To make the EV more accessible to the masses, Tesla launched the Model 3 way back in 2017. With every passing year and rising competition in the market, Tesla has kept updating the Model 3 for the past years.

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Pros

Insane Acceleration

Great Driving Range

Tech laden Cabin

Precise Handling

Good Network of Supercharger Stations

Cons

Average Build Quality

Pay per Use of Superchargers

Long Charging time with domestic network

What's New?

Lower MSRP for all trims

Higher top speed of 155mph

Standard Performance Upgrade Package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35000

bodystyle

4dr sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

258-hp

torque

317 lbs.-ft.

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

113.2 in.

length

184.8 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

56.8 in.

curb weight

4062 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97 cu ft.

cargo volume

15 cu ft.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

8 years/100000mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ Unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 100000 mi.


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Styles

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Deep Blue Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Standard Range

Standard Range

power
258-hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
132 combined

$35,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Standard Range 4dr Sedan (electric DD) Starting at $35,000 MSRP (132/) 258-hp, electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive rear wheel drive 5

 2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Standard Range Plus

Standard Range Plus

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
133 combined

$37,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Standard Range Plus 4dr Sedan (electric DD) Starting at $37,000 MSRP (133/) electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive rear wheel drive TBD

 2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Long Range

Long Range

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
116 combined

$43,000 - $47,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Long Range 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $47,000 MSRP (116/112 mpg) electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive all wheel drive TBD
Long Range 4dr Sedan (electric DD) Starting at $43,000 MSRP (130/123 mpg) 271-hp, electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive rear wheel drive TBD

 2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Mid Range 4d

Mid Range 4d

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
123 combined

$44,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Mid Range 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 3/19 (electric DD) Starting at $44,000 MSRP (123/117 mpg) electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive rear wheel drive TBD

 2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Performance

Performance

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
116 combined

$58,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $58,000 MSRP (116/112 mpg) electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive all wheel drive TBD

Top Tesla Cars

2017 Tesla Model S electric
8.5/10

MPG: 99 combined

2019 Tesla Model S electric
N/A

MPG: 102 combined

2017 Tesla Model X electric
7.9/10
2019 Tesla Model X electric
N/A

MPG: 85 combined

2018 Tesla Model X electric
8.5/10

MPG: 93 combined

2017 Tesla Model 3 electric
N/A
2018 Tesla Model S electric
8.7/10

MPG: 103 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial July 20, 2019


Tesla has mildly updated the Model 3 for 2019 by adding versatility to the lineup, with the inclusion of more trims. On the other hand, the 2019 Model 3 comes standard with the Performance package that used to be an optional extra in 2018. The Models have been segregated in terms of the performance and the range they offer and in the drivetrain. The Top speed of the Tesla Model S has now gone up to 155MPH while the Maximum range is now 325 miles.

Prices for the 2019 Tesla Model 3 starts from $26,950 for the base Standard trim and goes over $49,950 for the top of the line Performance Trim with AWD. The primary rivals to the 2019 Model 3 come in the form of the BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt and the Nissan Leaf.

2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Features

Tesla has added a multitude of variations for the 2019 Model 3 so as to make it more affordable and accessible for everyone. The 6 trims have subtle differences in terms of the features on offers but differ in terms of range and top speed.

Trim Standard (Rear Wheel) Standard Plus (Rear Wheel) Mid-Range (Rear Wheel)
MSRP $26,950 $28,950 $31,950
Features Standard Interior Pkg. Partial Premium Interior Pkg. Premium Interior Pkg.
  220 Mile Range 240 Mile Range 264 Mile Range
  130MPH Top Speed 140MPH Top Speed 140MPH Top Speed
  19" Sport Wheels 19" Sport Wheels 19" Sport Wheels
Trim Long Range(Rear-Wheel) Long Range(Dual Motor) Performance(Dual Motor)
MSRP $34,950 $38,950 $49,950
Features Premium Interior Pkg. Premium Interior Pkg. Premium Interior Pkg.
  325 Mile Range 310 Mile Range 310 Mile Range
  140MPH Top Speed 145MPH Top Speed 162MPH Top Speed
  19" Sport Wheels 19" Sport Wheels 20" Performance Wheels


 

The Standard Interior Package includes

  • Tinted Glass Roof with UV and Infrared Protection
  • Auto Dimming, power Folding, Heated Side mirrors
  • Music and Multimedia over Bluetooth
  • Center Console with Storage and 4 USB Ports
  • Standard maps and Navigation

The Partial Premium Interior Package adds these

  • 12 Way Power Adjustable Heated Front Seats
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Center Console with Storage, 4 USB ports and docking for 2 smartphones
  • Upgraded Audio with immersive sound

The Premium Interior Package adds these

  • 12 Way Power adjust Front and Rear Heated Seats
  • 14 Speaker including Subwoofer and 2 Amps bundled Audio system
  • Satellite View Maps with Live Traffic Visualization and Navigation
  • In-Car Internet Streaming Music and Media with internet Browser
  • Location aware auto garage door opener

We Recommend

We recommend the Long Range trim of the 2019 Tesla model 3 as it bundles in the premium interior package that adds to the value of the Sedan.

2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Engine

As with most other EVs, the Model 3 gains speed smoothly and almost silently, with the electric motor providing a strong swell of power right from a dead stop to make the car feel very responsive at lower speeds-Caranddriver.com

Engine and Transmission

The powerful 258 horsepower electric motor of the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan smoothly gains the speed and is exceptionally quiet when doing so. It provides a strong torque right away and it is very responsive even at slow speeds. There is no shifting, thanks to the direct drive transmission and the transmission from acceleration to higher speeds is quite easy to manage.

Models

Tesla Model 3 sedan Long Range

BMW i3

Nissan Leaf SL

Chevrolet Bolt LT

MSRP

$34,950

$45,445

$37,095

$37,495

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric

Transmission

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Horsepower

258 hp

170 hp

170 hp

200 hp

Torque

NA

184 lb-ft

187 lb-ft

266 lb-ft

Among all the four electric vehicles, the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan proves to have that best performing engine with the highest horsepower of 258. It is followed by the Chevrolet Bolt with a horsepower output of 200. Sharing a fairly engine power are the BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf with an equal horsepower of 170. So quite evidently, we know who wins the race in this aspect.

Acceleration

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan is a strategically crafted amalgamation of responsive acceleration and confident cornering, and even though it's not an ideal sport sedan, it is definitely among the fastest electric vehicles in the market. What makes the 2019 Model 3 a fast car is its AWD setup and a super responsive Electric Motor.

Models

Tesla Model 3 sedan

BMW i3

Nissan Leaf

Chevrolet Bolt EV

0-60 MPH

4.6

7.0

6.3

6.5

Quarter mile

13.3

15.6

17.3

14.9

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

NA

NA

NA

NA

As discussed above, leading the table with the strongest engine, the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan has the best initial acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in a whopping 4.6 seconds and it outperforms all of its rivals by quite a margin as the second fastest in the lot is the Nissan Leaf with a timing of 6.3 seconds to reach the 60 mph mark. Quarter mile figures reflect the same story with the Model 3 leading the pack, the Leaf being the slowest and the BMW and the Chevy stacked in between the 2.

Ride and Handling

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan showcases impressive balance while entering corners, transitioning through the bend and exiting it powerfully. The heavy battery is the reason behind its low-center of gravity and the weight distribution from front to rear is quite uniform. The 18-inch wheels can be a little bothering in matters of handling but the optional 19-inch wheels perform better. As for the steering wheel, it is very quick off the center and is nicely weighted with minimal feedback. It offers you three different settings to choose from Standard, Comfort, and Sport. The AWD system works well to maintain a perfect balance between ride and handling and allow for smooth transition of power throughout the 4 wheels.

Braking

The powerful four-piston front brakes of the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan has fixed calipers and is very easy to modulate. However, you wouldn't feel the need of hitting the brakes very often due to the lift-throttle mechanism which features regenerative braking.

Model

Tesla Model 3 sedan

BMW i3

Nissan Leaf

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

11.0

11.1

NA

Brake Rear (in.)

13.2

11.0

11.5

NA

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3549

2961

3323

3563

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119

125

129

132

Like the acceleration, 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan is the fastest in braking as well. In comparison to its rivals, Tesla brings the car to a halt from 60 mph in just 119 feet. It's followed by the BMW i3 with a distance of 125 feet, which has a lot to do with its light curb weight. Next up is the Nissan Leaf with the third best distance of 129 feet and the Chevrolet Bolt, the heaviest of them all, comes last by stopping at 132 feet when coming down from 60 to 0 mph.

2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Fuel Economy

The efficiency of the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan along with all the other electric cars is measured by MPGe which is a unit to measure the efficiency of an electric vehicle compared to the gasoline-based cars. The 2018 Tesla Model 3 Sedan has a rating of 130 MPGe, which means it can cover a range of 130 miles from an amount of electrical energy which is equal to the energy contained in one gallon of gasoline. It has an increased economy of 136 MPGe in cities while is suffers in the highways with 123 MPGe. Other than the Tesla can drive up to a distance of 310 miles on a single charge, longer than any of the other electric vehicles in the market.

Model

Tesla Model 3 sedan

BMW i3

Nissan Leaf

Chevrolet Bolt EV

MPG (city)

120

N/A

124

128

MPG (highway)

112

N/A

99

110

MPG (combined)

116

100

112

119

In terms of the competition, the Chevrolet bolt rakes in the best MPG figures, while the Tesla follows it the closest. The Nissan leaf comes the next best while the BMW i3 offers the least in this comparison.

2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Interior

We're not exaggerating when we say that the Tesla Model 3 has an interior unlike any other car on the market today-Caranddriver.com

Seating and Comfort

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan has a flat and low interior floor which gives an airy and spacious feel inside. The front seats are very comfortable and supportive although the rear seat suffers from the lack of thigh support and the low bottom cushion leads to an uncomfortable experience. The flat leather seats are broad and are not hard. The seat adjustments are quite simple to manage and are very effective.

Model

Tesla Model 3 sedan

BMW i3

Nissan Leaf

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/56.3/42.7

39.6/53.6/40.5

41.2/54.3/42.1

39.7/54.6/41.6

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/54.0/35.2

37.2/49.2/31.9

37.3/52.5/33.3

37.9/52.8/36.5

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan along with the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt has a passenger capacity of 5 while the BMW i3 houses only 4 passengers.

As for the front row headroom, the Nissan Leaf takes the spotlight while the Tesla and the BMW share the lowest figures. However, Tesla manages to climb back up with generous legroom while the BMW still suffers.

When we go to the second row, the Chevrolet impresses with the most spacious headroom and legroom, while the BMW continues to suffer in these aspects as well.

Interior Features

  • Bucket front seats
  • Split folding rear seatback
  • Remote keyless power door locks
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • Rear view camera
  • Electric power steering
  • Climate control
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror

Infotainment

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan comes with a standard 15-inch infotainment system that has nearly all the functions of the car built into it and is well organized and easy to use. It also features a Google-based navigation system and the Premium Upgrades package offers you an updated audio system with a wide spectrum sound.

  • Navigation and voice control
  • Bluetooth phone
  • Mobile Wi-Fi
  • 4 USB port
  • Remote control Smartphone application

Cargo Capacity

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan comes with a trunk which can be as spacious as a hatchback. It is wide and broad and also has a secret deep well under the floor of the cargo area. The rear seats when folded flat increase the cargo space significantly.

Model

Tesla Model 3 sedan

BMW i3

Nissan Leaf

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

15.0

15.1

NA

16.9

When compared to the other rivals, the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan has the least cargo volume of 15 cubic feet, only a point less than the BMW i3 with 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The Chevrolet Bolt enjoys the most spacious trunk volume with 16.9 cubic feet.

2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Exterior

Part of the appeal in Tesla's larger Model S sedan was rooted in its design, and how it avoided all those connotations-Thecarconnection.com

Design and Dimensions

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan enjoys fairly massive exterior dimensions and it just amplifies its presence on the road. The design of the sedan is futuristic but still manages to look conventional. The LED DRL and the Tesla logo makes you realize that the Model 3 is a Tesla from far behind. It is a good looking from all angles and doesn't make you feel ambiguous, when you take it to your child's school or to the market.

Model

Tesla Model 3 sedan

BMW i3

Nissan Leaf

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Curb weight (lbs.)

3549

2961

3323

3563

Length(in)

184.8

157.0

175.0

164.0

Width(in)

72.8

70.0

69.7

69.5

Height(in)

56.8

62.0

61.0

62.8

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.5

6.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

113.2

101.0

106.3

102.4

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/62.2

61.9/61.3

60.6/60.4

59.1/59.1

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan boasts to be the longest, widest and has the largest wheelbase along with being the shortest in height among the others. The BMW i3 being the lightest among the four is also short in length and has the least wheelbase. The Nissan Leaf has fairly balanced dimensions meanwhile the Chevrolet Bolt other than being the heaviest in the group is also the tallest and least wide.

Exterior Features

  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • LED headlamp
  • Fixed rear window with defroster
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • Light tinted glass
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Front fog lamps
  • Trunk rear cargo access

2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Safety

Safety Features

Tesla likes to boast about the safety of its vehicles and the Model 3 is no different. The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan features quite a number of active safety options and advanced systems like adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. The Autopilot feature is the most significant of them all.

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Front Camera
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors

2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Competition

Tesla Model 3 vs. BMW i3

The BMW i3 is reputed as a unique and unconventional electric car. The carbon fiber and aluminum structure of the BMW derives its energy from the 170 horsepower electric motor and has an optional 184 horsepower electric motor allotted to its i3s trim sporty version which has phenomenal driving dynamics and great suspension. When compared to the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan, the BMW has a less powerful engine, slow acceleration, and braking and thus, it needs some tweaking on its end to put up a stronger fight.

Tesla Model 3 vs. Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is an ideal electric vehicle for everyday usability due to its long driving range. The 40kwh battery runs the electric motor and has an economy of 151 MPGe. It features DC quick charging that has the capability of recharging 90 miles worth of power in 30 minutes. Adding to that, the camera based self-steering lane keeping assist and pro pilots assist adaptive cruise control is optional. In comparison with the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan, it lacks in engine performance, has a very poor acceleration and braking and hence, it still doesn't match the standards of the Tesla.

Tesla Model 3 vs. Chevrolet Bolt EV

The quick and exciting Chevrolet Bolt is really worth its value, thanks to its floor-mounted battery powering its electric motor and generating a horsepower of 200. It has a range of 190 miles in a single charge and 96 MPGe of efficiency. The acceleration is great and it drives significantly well over rough terrains. The Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatible infotainment system has a 10.2-inch touch screen and an additional 8-inch digital gauge are eye-catching interior features. Up against the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan, the engine is less powerful yet decent, the acceleration suffers a little and so does the braking. It does have a larger cargo space and hence, all these factors make it the only tough competition with the Tesla.

2019 Tesla Model 3 electric Final Verdict

The Tesla Model 3 became the benchmark of Electric Sedans, when it first came to the market in 2017. With constant and regular updates, Tesla has been adding value to the Model in the successive years. The 2019 Model is a testimony to the same fact as it comes bundled with a whole host of safety features and technology as standard. With the starting price of just $26,950 and Tesla's Supercharger networks, the 2019 Tesla Model 3 has sure become more attractive than ever and is certainly one of the best alternatives to the soon to be extinct Gas powered cars, available on sale in the US today.