2017 Tesla Model 3 electric

MSRP $35,000 - $44,000

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Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2017 Tesla Model 3 is the latest offering from the American EV manufacturer and gets all the Model S tricks and tips in a more compact and more affordable package that is said to last long with an impressive range. As with the Model S, the Model 3 mimics the stupendous acceleration and has even better handling for the people who want more. The interior is minimal and has a big screen in the centre that does all the tasks while the seats are super comfy and are especially built for the long roads. 

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Pros

Affordable entry to the Tesla range

Technology galore

Quick off-the-line

Tesla Superchargers for the win

Cons

No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support

Reliability can be an issue since not many units have launched

What's New?

All-new model for 2017


2017 Tesla Model 3 electric Consumer Reviews and Ratings

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9.0/10Features
4.0/10Interiors
6.0/10Design
7.0/10Safety
8.0/10Reliability
6.0/10Deal Value

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Diana Ellison

2021 Tesla Model 3 electric

Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

7

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Posted On: January 10, 2022

Impressive machine but also disappointed in some ways

Pros - Love the futuristic steering and cabin, Impressive range, Outrageous acceleration.

Cons - Poor dealership network, Poor build quality, Uncomfortable seats.

Such a poorly built car I’m reminded so much of arcade gaming as the steering on the Model S is so much like something out of a game. The design looks really cool and feels like I’m in some kind of stealth mode. The car is the epitome of tech and the large display has the best resolution I’ve seen on any vehicle. The tesla also has an insanely fast acceleration that is very scary but doing that often can cut the total range down. I get an average of 368 miles on a full charge but if I go gentle on the drive, I’m sure I can squeeze out even more. The Build quality however is a total disappointment and the seats are pretty uncomfortable as the padding isn’t very thick. Also, getting the car checked up b...

9/10
Features
4/10
Interior
6/10
Design
7/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

258 hp

torque

317 lb.-ft.

transmission

1 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

113.2 in.

length

184.8 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

56.8 in.

curb weight

3549 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97 cu ft.

cargo volume

15 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.3 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

8 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Standard$35,000 onwards

  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Keyless entry

Long Range$44,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Tesla Model 3 electric in Black color
Black

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

7.3

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


At an MSRP of $35,000 the Model 3 competes against a very select few - the 2017 Nissan Leaf and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Model 3 doesn’t have a true rival per se because of how new it is in the market but the aforementioned cars are the closest competitors currently. 


6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

7.3/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2017 Tesla Model 3 electric Features

The 2017 Tesla Model S comes as one model which is loaded to the brim with features - all whatever Tesla had in its arsenal. It gets some advanced safety features of the Model S and also gets Premium Upgrade package as standard that adds a 14-speaker premium audio system, driver-seat memory functions, covered center console, leather upholstery, and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. 

Trims

Model 3

MSRP 

$35,000

Key Features

Automatic headlights and automatic high beams

 

Keyless entry

 

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Panoramic glass roof

 

12-way power-adjustable front seats

 

Heated seats

 

Driver-seat memory functions

 

Leather upholstery

 

15-inch touchscreen

 

Navigation system with real-time traffic

 

Remote control of some systems via a smartphone app

 

Wi-Fi hotspot

 

Seven-speaker audio system with internet streaming radio

 

Voice activation

 

Rear-view camera

We recommend

Since the Model 3 comes as a single variant with only one battery choice, it is pretty much what we have to recommend. But to add to the lack of trims, the one model available has everything in it and is loaded to the brim with features and technology - all that one would need in a car!

2017 Tesla Model 3 electric Engine and Performance

6.0/10

Since the 2017 Tesla Model 3 is an EV there is no engine under its hood. The electric hatchback is powered by a 50 kWH battery pack which is placed under the body of the car, and sends output to a motor situated on the rear axles. This makes the hatchback a RWD car, effectively. The output is rated at 258 horsepower and with 302 lb-ft of torque which makes it a pretty fast car off-the-line and way faster than the rivals. All the output is available from 0 RPM, making the launch feel in an instant. 

Talking about the times, there has been no tests done to give a figure but the manufacturer estimates the 60 MPH to flash in the speedometer in just 5.6 seconds while the top speed of the EV is said to be near the 130 MPH mark. 

Models

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

MSRP

$35,000

$30,680

$36,620

Battery Capacity

50 kWh

62 kWh 

60 kWh 

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Power

258 hp

214 hp

200 hp

Torque

302 lb-ft

250 lb-ft

266 lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.6

6.8

6.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

-

15.2

15.2

Top speed (MPH)

130 

100 

95 

The Tesla Model 3’s acceleration is pretty quick and doesn’t give a chance to the rivals to catch up. It has a smaller battery but the output is much higher than the rivals, with a quick sprint to 60 MPH and the highest top speed. The Nissan leaf gets the biggest battery pack here but comes nowhere close to the Tesla’s performance on offer. 

How well does the 2017 Tesla Model 3 handle?

The 2017 Tesla Model 3 is quick, but is not as bonkers as the Model S. There’s no gearbox which makes it pretty strong off-the-line and immediate overtakes are no issues at all. The car just picks up pace in a linear fashion and remains super quick throughout. On the twisty roads, the Model 3 surprises with superb grip on the corners and the super precise steering which enables seamless change of direction. 

In the city, the car is super quiet and the suspension is calibrated for comfort. As a result, the drive is pretty smooth and small bumps and undulations are no issues at all. The interior is minimalist which also helps in visibility at the front. The turning circle is as good as any gas-powered counterpart and is nothing out of the ordinary, making it rather comfortable in U-turns. 

On the highway, the seats are nice and comfy and the suspension does a very good job of insulating the car well. There’s a bit of wind noise inside the cabin but it is manageable. If opted for the Full Self Driving capability, the Autopilot makes long-distance cruising easy and is also intuitive to operate. 

2017 Tesla Model 3: Braking Performance

The 2017 Tesla Model 3 has a very strong performance capability with its quick acceleration and quicker numbers but all the performance is also backed up by strong braking capabilities. The car is bought to a halt by a set of 14.0-inch rotors at the front and 13.2-inch rotors at the rear. The front brakes are four-piston fixed-caliper type and have very strong braking on tap. The brakes have superb bite and aren’t grabby due to the regen-braking on offer. 

Models

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.0

11.1

11.0

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.2

11.5

10.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,838

3,433

3,563

60-0 MPH (feet)

133

128

128 

The Model 3 outshines the others in terms of the rotor size but the massive curb weight takes its toll on the braking distance, which is 5 feet more than the others. The rivals have very similar rotors to each other, which are smaller than the Tesla’s, but take less distance and are lighter on the scales as well. 

2017 Tesla Model 3 electric Fuel Economy

9.9/10

The 2017 Tesla Model 3 doesn’t sip fuel but is rather charged by electricity, which is further assisted by the carmaker's vast chain of Tesla Superchargers that can easily charge up a Tesla car in sometime. As for the estimated range, the 50 kWh battery pack on the Model 3 is said to run 220 miles on a full charge. The carmaker has announced a long-range model as well that is said to use a bigger battery pack and increase the estimated range to 310 miles, with an increased top speed of 140 MPH. 

Models

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

MPGe (City)

-

124

128

MPGe (Highway)

-

99

110

MPGe (Combined)

-

112

119

Battery Capacity

50 kWh

62 kWh

60 kWh

Battery Range (miles)

220

224

238

The EPA estimates for MPGe of the Model 3 aren’t out yet but the estimated range of 220 miles is the least in the competition. In contrast, the Chevrolet Bolt is the most efficient EV with the highest MPG-equivalent in all driving conditions while also giving out more range as well. The Nissan Leaf has a bigger battery but falls short of the Bolt when it comes to MPGe figures and battery range. 

2017 Tesla Model 3 electric Interior

7.3/10

The interior of the Tesla Model 3 is more premium than what its competitors have to offer. There’s an Alcantara-suede material on the door panels that have a very posh feel to it, along with leather on the armrest and contrast stitching to add to the visual appeal. The cubby space is decently sized and can easily hold a bottle and a couple of Twinkies down there. The dashboard carries over similar materials and has a very nice and clean design to it, along with a faux wood trim for the posh feels. 

The centre console sports a charging station for two mobile phones which is covered by a push-door cover. This charging station is liftable and once lifted, reveals tonnes of storage to store more candies and snacks inside. The centre armrest is very soft and comfortable to rest your arms on during long drives. It also carries the stitchwork as seen on the door panels. Inside, there is more space along with a removable tray for more versatility. 

The seats are very comfortable and have a very distinct style to them. These seats also carry the stitchwork and come upholstered in cloth as standard, while also being a six-way manually-adjustable fixture. The Premium Upgrade package upgrades the seat upholstery to leather while also adding 12-way power-adjustability to the front seats. The rear seats are super comfortable as well and there is a lot of headroom, even for the people who’re 6 feet tall. As for practicality, the rear seat passengers have storage behind the front seats and get two Type-C ports and rear AC vents. There is also a rear armrest for the occupants to rest their hands on that carries a couple of cup holders for holding drinks. 

Since the Model 3 is powered by batteries situated underneath the car, there are two storage spaces to store stuff in. The front-trunk, or the frunk, is decently big and can easily store a carry-on bag that stores the cables for plug-at-home chargers. The trunk is nearly 15 cubic feet big and feels really cavernous with all the space inside. The opening might be a bit tight but the space is huge, which can further be extended with the rear seats folded down. 

Models

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.6/56.3/42.7

41.2/54.3/42.1

39.7/54.6/41.6

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.7/54.0/35.2

37.3/52.5/33.3

37.9/52.8/36.5

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15.0

23.6

16.9

The Model 3’s interiors are super comfortable as they’re posh and well-appointed and the space inside is huge as well. In the front, the car has the most legroom and width but the glass roof does eat up into the headroom. The same story is repeated in the rear seats as well. The Nissan Leaf does a good job of providing ample space as well but due to the compact nature, suffers in the shoulder room in the front as well as the rear but despite its size, it has the biggest cargo space in the comparison.

Some of the highlights of the Model 3’s cabin are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth/leather upholstery
  • Six-way manually adjustable/12-way power-adjustable heated front seats
  • Driver-seat memory functions
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Tinted glass
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • Wood interior trim
  • Covered center console

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2017 Tesla Model 3?

The infotainment system in the 2017 Tesla Model 3 is the elephant in the cabin, quite literally, and measures 15-inches diagonally. This is, by far, the biggest infotainment screen installed in a production car. The screen is a powerhouse in itself and controls each and every function of the cabin from opening of the glovebox to setting the temperature and to lock/unlock the doors as well. It also has menus to activate the different driving modes in the car. 

The overall interface is the cleanest a manufacturer has built till date and devotes most of the screen to the actual content of the system, with the other functions available on the edges. The display is vibrant and has superb color reproduction making the whole system feel like a smartphone. As for the features the list is long but some of the highlighting ones include:

  • 15-inch touchscreen
  • Voice activation
  • Navigation system with real-time traffic
  • Bluetooth
  • Remote control of some systems via a smartphone app
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Rear-view camera
  • Internet streaming radio
  • Two USB ports
  • Seven-speaker audio system
  • Optional fourteen-speaker premium audio system

2017 Tesla Model 3 electric Exterior

6.0/10

One will never mistake the 2017 Tesla Model 3 with any other car, not even another Tesla, due to all the uniqueness the design carries. The headlights have a distinct design and are very sleek with some silver sprucing up the visuals for the onlooker. The headlights are full-LEDs and have a very uniform throw that makes them more effective. The front bumper carries a very clean look with functional air curtains and LED fog lights. The nose cone in the front does not mimic a grille but is rather aerodynamic and gives a clean look to the car. The frunk has clean lines with the Tesla logo. 

The 18-inch wheels carry a character of their own and are designed to generate an aerodynamically-friendly air flow around the car. There is nicely-placed Tesla badging on the fenders which also hide the rear repeater cameras for effective blind-spot monitoring. The silver trim, as seen in the headlights, is carried forward to surround the windows and on the door handles as well. There is a nice belt line going down the middle of the doors, and is followed by a sleek prominent line below it as well. 

The rear has some styling in its rear-quarter window and the panel underneath. The glass roof wraps ends in the trunk and makes for a very clean design in the rear. There is a small lip-spoiler for aerodynamic purposes along with full LED brake lights, turn signals, and reverse lights as well. Apart from the Tesla logo, there is no badging and the rear perfectly sums up the clean and minimalistic design of the Model 3.

Models

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,549

3,433

3,563

Length (inches)

184.8

176.4

164.0

Width (inches)

72.8

70.5

69.5

Height (inches)

56.8

61.4

62.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.5

5.9

6.0

Wheelbase (inches)

113.2

106.3

102.4

The Bolt is the heaviest and has the most headroom inside, while also having the least wheelbase making for a very nimble ride in the city. The Model 3’s battery pack does add to the curb weight which also has a disadvantage while braking. It is the biggest car of the comparison with the most length, width, and wheelbase while the low ground clearance makes it a hoon around the bends. The Model 3 has a very unique design that is highlighted by:

  • Automatic LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Air vents in the front
  • 18-/19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels 
  • External cameras
  • Heated and power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Rear-view mirror mounted turn signals
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • LED tail lights 
  • Minimal badging

2017 Tesla Model 3 electric Safety

7.0/10

The 2017 Tesla Model 3 is the newest offering from the most technologically-sound automobile carmaker and needless to say, the car has all the active driver assistance features one can ask for. Apart from the class-leading passive safety features that include a strong shell, reinforced batteries, and a collapsible steering column the Model 3 gets a host of features as standard which include:

  • Automatic headlights with auto high-beams
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Collision avoidance

The American carmaker also offers Enhanced Autopilot option which adds in even more features on top of what’s available to enable a “fully-autonomous” driving experience. The added safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic lane changing, lane keeping assist, and self-parking. Though the crash tests haven’t been conducted yet, we expect the Model 3 to be one of the safest bets around with the tech and engineering on offer and also seeing the track record of the other Models in the line-up. 

2017 Tesla Model 3 electric Competition

9.0/10

2017 Tesla Model 3 Vs. 2017 Nissan Leaf

The 2017 Tesla Model 3 completely decimates the Nissan Leaf when it comes to performance and quick acceleration. It also has a posher interior, more cabin space, more technology inside, and a hefty features list. The Leaf, although cornered by the Tesla’s VFM-quotient, is more affordable, has more boot space in the rear, is easier to drive in the city, and has more range. 

2017 Tesla Model 3 Vs. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Of the two Americans here, the Tesla Model 3 emerges as the more VFM option because of all the value it brings to the table along with the technology it carries that makes the car future-proof for the next half-decade at least. The Chevrolet Bolt has a nearly $2,000 premium over the Tesla but for the price it doesn’t bring in any additional features over the Tesla except for a higher range. 

2017 Tesla Model 3 electric Final Verdict

Tesla has been working on its reliability and the Model S is a living testament in how a manufacturer can infuse IT and automobiles into one package. Carrying on the legacy is the 2017 Tesla Model 3 which brings every Model S advantage to a more affordable price point and further adds the Premium Upgrade package that makes the package unbeatable at the price. The performance is there along with a posh interior, good cargo capacity, exciting technology, a vast Supercharger network, and the range woes will be taken care of by the upcoming Long Range variant, making the Model 3 a sure-shot buy in the range. 

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Impressive machine but also disappointed in some ways

Such a poorly built car

by Diana Ellison