2022 Tesla Model 3 electric


Ranked #6 in Compact Luxury Sedan

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$44,990 - $56,990

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Key Spec of 2022 Tesla Model 3 electric
fuel economy


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149 hp @ 6400 rpm

basic warranty

3yr./ 36,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

All the goodness of Tesla's EV tech at a lower price point

Not the best build quality

Increased range on the Base & Long Range models

Impressive drive range for a small EV

Sub-par NVH levels

Standard Range Plus renamed to Model 3

Brisk acceleration

Impressive safety scores

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Tesla Model 3 is available for sale with few changes this year. Firstly, Tesla replaced the Standard Range Plus variant with Model 3. Secondly, the brand increased the driving range of the base and Long Range models. Hence, these changes have increased the starting price to $44,990 while the top-end Performance trim costs $58,990. The most efficient Model 3 can deliver a maximum range of 358 miles, the best in the class. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 three-quarter view

The Model 3's cabin is super minimalistic and feels futuristic. It is spacious enough to seat up to 5 individuals and offers a maximum cargo volume of 40.3 cu-ft. All the functions are controlled by a large, high-resolution 15-inch touchscreen. The Model 3 can also be equipped with full self-driving capabilities.  The Model 3 will be competing for the top spot with the likes of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Kia Niro EV, and the Nissan Leaf

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Standard Range Plus$44,990 onwards

  • Premium Synthetic Seats
  • Steering Wheel Audio controls

Long Range$48,990 onwards

  • 15-speaker premium sound system
  • Heated rear seats
  • Multi-Zone A/C

Performance$56,990 onwards

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Premium Synthetic Seats
  • Smart Device Integration
  • Steering Wheel Audio controls

Colors and Styles

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric in Pearl White Multi-Coat color
Pearl White Multi-Coat

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Model 3 delivers an impressive driving experience compared to other non-luxury electric vehicles- Edmunds

Electric vehicles have come a long way in recent times due to their durability and user-friendly functionalities. Hence, the Tesla Model 3 has taken the world by storm since its inception in 2018. This sedan offers diverse driving ranges, which are undoubtedly the best in the class. Owing to its EV nature, it is lightning quick, has the best efficiency, and offers a lot of futuristic tech features. 

Since the Model 3 lacks an engine under the hood, it will likely have lower maintenance and repair costs. The estimated annual ownership cost of the 2022 Model 3 is approximately $10,100, which is definitely less than the gas-fed counterparts. You could lease a 2022 Model 3 as low as $462 per month for 36 month with $5,657 due at signing or finance it at 2.49% for up to 72 months. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Sedan front view
2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Sedan rear view

Buying Advice

We would go with the Long Range AWD trim. It offers a range of 353 miles and adds a fast charger. The AWD system facilitates better traction and handling. You also get an upgraded 14-speaker audio system and heated rear seats. For a difference of nearly $10,000 from the Standard Plus Range trim, you do get more value for money with the Long Range trim of the Model 3.

2022 Tesla Model 3 side view

The Model 3's lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto puts it at a disadvantage compared to many competitors- Edmunds

Tesla has dropped the Standard Range Plus moniker and instead decided to keep it just Model 3. The Model 3 is available in three trims- Base, Long Range, and Performance. Each trim offers different power outputs and driving ranges. The Base model gets a single motor setup with an RWD drivetrain while the other two models come with a dual-motor setup and standard AWD configuration. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 driving view

Prices for the 2022 Model 3 have been significantly increased due to the changes made. The base model now starts from $44,990, which is $7,000 more than the outgoing model. Speaking of packages or accessories, there isn't much to choose from. The 19-inch Sport wheels can be bought for $1,500. Also, the Full Self-Drive Capability package includes semi-automated driving features that cost $10,000. 



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Key Features

15-inch touchscreen

Adds/ Upgrades to Base trim Adds/ Upgrades to Long Range trim

12-way power, heated front seats

14-speaker sound system Lowered suspension 
  7-speaker sound system Heated rear seats 20-inch Uberturbine wheels

Premium Connectivity(30 days included)

358 miles claimed range 315 miles claimed range
  Wireless charging    
  Dual-zone automatic climate control    
  Panoramic glass roof    
  Power-folding, heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors    
  Leatherette upholstery    
  18-inch Aero wheels    
  272 miles claimed range    

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Engine and Performance

Beyond its blistering speed, the Model 3 handles quite well for an electric car- Autotrader

The Tesla Model 3 is powered by an electric motor that gives out a power of 283 hp and 307 lb-ft. of torque. The Long Range variant uses a dual-motor setup and has a combined output of 346 hp and 389 lb-ft. of torque. The top-end Performance model makes 450 hp and 471 lb-ft. of torque. The base model comes with an RWD drivetrain, but the other two models come with an AWD drivetrain. All of them come with a single-speed drive mechanism for a better grip on speed.

2022 Tesla Model 3 powertrain

Typical EVs don't handle that great but the Model 3 handles pretty well. The low center of gravity helps to contain the body roll when you hug corners in speed. The steering turns in well into the corners and overall, it does give you good feedback from the road. Ride comfort is quite impressive even when fitted with large 20-inch wheels. The AWD variants offer a better grip threshold, inspiring you to push to higher speeds. Overall, the Model 3's driving dynamics are similar to gas-fed counterparts. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 driving view

The base model gets a slower acceleration time of 5.8 seconds compared to 5.3 seconds of the outgoing Standard Range Plus trim. The quarter-mile distance is covered in 13.8 seconds and tops at 140 MPH. The most-powerful Model 3 can complete the sprint in just 3.2 seconds. That is just blazing fast for an affordable sedan. The regenerative braking is a smooth operation and the brakes displayed strong stopping power once stomped the pedal. It took 123 feet in the brake test. 


2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Kia Niro EV

2022 Nissan Leaf



$31,000 $39,990 $27,400


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1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive


283 hp @ 0 RPM

200 hp @ 0 RPM

201 hp @ 3,800 RPM

214 hp @ 4,000 RPM


307 lb-ft. @ 0 RPM

266 lb-ft. @ 0 RPM

291 lb-ft. @ 0 RPM

250 lb-ft. @ 800 RPM

0-60 MPH 5.8 sec 6.5 sec 6.7 sec 7.4 sec
Quarter Mile 13.8 sec 14.9 sec 14.8 sec 15.4 sec
Top Speed 140 MPH 110 MPH 110 MPH 106 MPH

The Model 3 stands out from the crowd with its amazing power outputs and performance stats. The Chevy Bolt and the Kia Niro are similarly powered but the latter is 9k more just because it's an SUV. The Nissan Leaf is the least powerful and hence, the slowest contender in this competition. More importantly, the Model 3 is the only car here that comes with an option of an AWD system. 

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Fuel Economy

Despite being such a performance standout, the Model 3 also ranks as the most energy-efficient electric car- The Car Connection

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most efficient EVs in the market today. Even the entry-level Model 3 offers competitive MPGe figures and range in the segment. According to the EPA, the numbers are 150 MPGe in the city, 133 MPGe on a highway, and 142 MPGe combined. Obviously, the Long Range and Performance variants have lesser MPGe figures. The range of the Model 3 varies depending on the trim level. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 front driving view

The base model delivers 272 miles, which is like 9 miles more than the outgoing model. As the name suggests, the Long Range model delivers a maximum range of 358 miles, the best of the Model 3 while the Performance variant can drive up to 315 miles only. With a 7kW home charger, the battery should be able to charge in 13 hours or just 2 hours with a 120kW Tesla Supercharger. 


2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Kia Niro EV

2022 Nissan Leaf

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Battery Capacity (kWh) 50 65 64 40

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The Model 3 overshadows all its competitors in terms of the MPGe figures and overall driving range. Both the Chevy Bolt and the Kia Niro have larger battery packs than the Model 3 but they deliver less range. The Nissan Leaf's battery capacity is the smallest here and hence, its MPGe estimates and range are the lowest in the competition. 


The Model 3's interior is minimalist and handsome, almost Scandinavian in terms of its look and feel- Kelly Blue Book

The interior of the Model 3 is very minimalistic and simple with everything inside controlled by the massive display fixed in the middle of the dashboard. It isn't as luxurious as the German automakers but the overall fit and finish are really good. The only physical controls you get are two scrollers on the steering wheel. This five-seater gets leatherette upholstery with white contrast stitching as leather is not considered environmentally friendly. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 dashboard

Even the steering wheel is wrapped in synthetic leather but it is power-adjustable. The seats provide good comfort and support. The front seats are 12-way power-adjustable with standard heated functionality. In the front, the head and legroom are excellent. The sloping roofline cuts the headroom at the back by a margin but you won't find trouble in legroom. A tinted panoramic glass roof is standard to provide an airy feel to the cabin. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 infotainment system

The aforementioned 15-inch touchscreen display makes the other rivals look completely outdated. Almost everything in this car is controlled by this screen, be it switching on the headlights or adjusting the mirrors. The resolution is fantastic while the interface is super slick and mimics like a mobile phone. Navigating through the menus might be a concern for some as there are a lot of submenus hidden under menus. 


2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Kia Niro EV

2022 Nissan Leaf

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Trunk Capacity (cu-ft.)


16.6 18.5


The Model 3 offers a truck capacity of 15 cu-ft., including the front and the back, which is pretty decent for a sedan. You can also fold the rear seats to expand the cargo space to 40.3 cu-ft. You can stuff items like three large bags or a couple of duffle bags for a small trip. Aside from a standard power tailgate, there are also plenty of storage options inside the cabin. Some main interior features are:

  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • 12-way power front leatherette seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Air purifier
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 15-inch touchscreen display
  • 14-speaker sound system
  • Wireless charging

The Model 3 won’t easily be mistaken for another car- Kelly Blue Book

Tesla’s designs have always garnered a lot of praise, and this Model 3 is no different. The Model 3's exterior is minimalistic overall with a sleek, aerodynamic shape to sweep the wind. It’s a good-looking car with a futuristic look at first glance. As it lacks an engine, the bonnet plunges sharply. The body too is a smooth organic shape with minimal detailing. In profile too, the Model 3 looks swoopy and almost coupe-like. It sits 5.5 inches from the ground, which is good enough for a sedan. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 top view

The curves of the car give it a much more evolved and sportier look. The pop-out handles close flush with the body. Speaking of wheels,18-inch Aero wheels are standard but they can be upgraded to 19-inch Sport wheels. The Performance variant gets 20-inch Uberturbine wheels as standard. At 113.2 inches, the Model 3 sports a wide wheelbase for stable handling. Around the back, it gets a more distinctive design The charge pot flat which is a part of the rear light cluster is neatly concealed.


2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Kia Niro EV

2022 Nissan Leaf

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Being a hatchback, the Chevy Bolt is quite small in length. Therefore, it is easy to park or maneuver at tight turns. The Kia Niro EV's ground clearance is 0.6 inches higher than the Model 3. That is decent for an SUV. The wheelbase of the Nissan Leaf is equal to the Niro and yet it lacks enough space in the rear row. Some main exterior highlights are:

  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • LED fog lamps
  • Power-folding, auto-dimming, heated exterior mirrors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome window trim
  • 18, 19 & 20-inch wheels
  • Tinted glass roof

The Tesla Model 3 offers great safety plus a full ensemble of technology- The Car Connection

NHTSA has rated the 2022 Tesla Model 3 with an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Since it is a carryover model, we are considering the 2021 model's IIHS ratings. The sedan was honored with the Top Safety Pick+ award which is the agency's top accolade as it received top ratings in all tests. We expect the same ratings for the 2022 model as well. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 NHTSA crash test

The Model 3 offers a decent list of standard driver-assist features. The main highlight of this vehicle is its full self-driving capability that includes a set of driver aids. This add-on is available on all trims for an extra cost of $10,000.  This feature is top-notch in whatever real-life situation arises but it still requires a driver to operate. Some main safety features are:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Full self-drive (summoning the car, full auto parking, traffic light recognition, autonomous highway driving, automatic lane change)
  • Pedestrian detection
  • 360-degree camera

2022 Tesla Model 3 vs 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevy Bolt EV costs about $8,000 less than the Model 3 and it is a hatchback. The Model 3 offer brisk acceleration and also comes with an AWD system whereas the Bolt is an FWD machine. The Model 3 also offers a better driving range on higher trims. The Bolt's cabin feels less lavish but the cargo space available is one of the best. It also offers some important tech features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, both of which are not available in the Model 3. In terms of safety, the Model 3 is a better pick. 

2022 Chevy Bolt EV

2022 Tesla Model 3 vs 2022 Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is priced lower than the Model 3. It suffers from poky acceleration as it makes 57 horses than the entry-level Model 3. Likewise, the range delivered is also better than the Niro EV. Inside, both the vehicles are equally spacious but the Niro EV offers more cargo space since it is an SUV. It also comes with some important infotainment features. The Model 3 is for those who want good on-road performance and range while the cargo space and tech features will like the Niro EV. 

2022 Kia Niro EV

2022 Tesla Model 3 vs 2021 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is the cheapest alternative to the Model 3. If you are concerned with more power, quicker acceleration, and better range, the Model 3 ticks all the boxes. The Leaf cannot match the Model 3 in all these aspects. The Leaf's cabin appeals to very few buyers but it offers less rear-seat space than the Model 3. Taking advantage of its hatchback profile, its cargo space is way better. Like the Model 3, the Leaf also offers a ton of standard safety features. Therefore, if you are tight on budget, pick the Leaf. 

2022 Nissan Leaf
Final Verdict

The 2022 Tesla Model 3 will attract lots of buyers as it offers the most driving range in its segment. This feature-rich futuristic car has an engine powerful enough for any situation, with faster acceleration than most. This car is spacious and practical enough to take you and your friends for a ride worth remembering. Safety-conscious buyers will love the Model 3 as it is the safest car in its class. The Model 3 looks more promising and one of the most sought-after cars in the next few years.

2022 Tesla Model 3 rear angle view


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr Sedan

engine type

0 cu in

horse power





1-Speed Direct Drive


184.8 in


113.2 in

curb weight

4250 lbs


56.8 in

passenger volume

97 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

150/134/133 mpg

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