2020 Tesla Model 3 electric

MSRP $39,990 - $56,990

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2020 Tesla Model 3 electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 9, 2021

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Abhinandan Banerjee 

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Tesla has been leading the charge of the EV revolution of the world and with every passing day, the world-renowned brand is bringing in new tech in its cars. This year, the 2020 Tesla Model 3 gets plenty of additional features, especially on the software side. For a starting price of MSRP $39,990, Tesla introduces the over-the-air software version 10.0, which brings about tech such as Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify Premium. It also adds the enhanced Autopilot version to the foray.

To make electric vehicles more accessible to the masses, Tesla launched the Model 3 way back in 2017. With every passing year and rising competition in the market, the Model 3 received its fair share of updates for the past years. Onto this year, the Model 3 comes in over three variants, all powered by a powerful 258 hp electric motor. The only difference being is the extent of range each and every variant is able to deliver.

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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

No Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

What's New?

Higher top speed of 155 mph

Standard Performance Upgrade Package

New over-the-air software update


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39990

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

transmission

1 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/13.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113.2 in.

length

184.8 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

56.8 in.

curb weight

3552 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97 cu ft.

cargo volume

15 cu ft.

payload capacity

1181 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 100,000 mi.


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Trims

Standard Plus$39,990 onwards

Long Range$48,990 onwards

Performance$56,990 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Tesla Model 3 electric in Deep Blue Metallic color
Deep Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.5

Competition

8.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


Tesla has mildly updated the Model 3 for 2020 by adding versatility to the lineup, with the inclusion of more trims. On the other hand, the 2020 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 155 mph while the maximum range is now 330 miles.

Prices for the 2020 Tesla Model 3 starts from $39,990 for the base Standard trim and goes to $56,990 for the top-of-the-line Performance Trim with AWD. The primary rivals to the 2020 Model 3 come in the form of the BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, and the Kia Niro EV. The demand for the Model 3 is clearly frantic, which explains a lot about this vehicle's competency.


9.0/10
Features

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Tesla Model 3 electric Features

9.0/10

"A successful distillation of Tesla's ethos into a more affordable and accessible package." - Car and Driver

Tesla has added a multitude of variations for the 2020 Model 3 so as to make it more affordable and accessible for everyone. There are three trims on offer, namely Standard Range, Long Range, and Performance. The prices start from $39,990, and all of the said trims have the same exact 258 hp electric motor powering them through. The 3 trims have subtle differences in terms of the features on offers but differ in terms of range and top speed. 

Trim Standard Long Range Performance
MSRP (RWD) $39,990 - -
MSRP (AWD) - $48,990 $56,990
Features Standard Interior Pkg. Premium Interior Pkg. Premium Interior Pkg.
  250 Mile Range 325 Mile Range 322 Mile Range
  Upgraded Audio system 18-inch Aero wheels Power folding heated side mirrors
  Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection Custom driver profiles 19" Sport Wheels

Further, there are also different packages on offer -

The Partial Premium Interior Package adds these

  • 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
  • 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 2020 Tesla model 3 as it bundles in the premium interior package that adds to the value of the sedan. Moreover, as the trim name rings the bell, the Long Range trim lets you conquer the maximum number of miles on a single charge, and that too at a top speed of 140 Miles per hour. The Long Range is also the cheapest model to offer you the premium interior package, which adds features such as the multi-color cockpit, and 14-speaker upscale audio system to your Tesla.

2020 Tesla Model 3 electric Engine and Performance

8.5/10

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 - Car and Driver 

The powerful 258 horsepower electric motor of the 2020 Tesla Model 3 Sedan smoothly gains 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. In a nutshell, the Tesla Model 3 is an aficionado of the 3 cornerstones of an EV. The ride is smooth, the ride is silent, and most of all, the ride gives you a catapulting instant toque. 

Model 3 feels sporty and smashing, with its solid off-the-line performance, a well-put-together RWD chassis, and an instinctive steering wheel. Switch to the more powerful Dual-Motor variants, and the performance for the Model 3 simply escalates to an altogether different level. There are 2 variants available in the Dual-Motor setup - the Long Range(Dual Motor), and the Performance(Dual Motor), with their powertrains churning out 340 hp and 450 hp respectively. This upgrade lends the Long Range(Dual Motor) variant a top speed of 145 MPH, whereas the Performance variant can cruise at a top speed of 162 MPH.

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Sedan does the 0-60 MPH run in just 4.4 seconds. It is a strategically crafted amalgamation of responsive acceleration and confident cornering, and even though it's not an ideal sports sedan, it is definitely among the fastest electric vehicles in the market. The Model 3 gains speed with supreme ease, and utter silence, accrediting to its regenerative battery setup, which acquires power from every stop, accumulates it, and uses it to help the ride shoot off with dominance. Like the acceleration, the 2020 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.

Models

2020 Tesla Model 3 

2020 BMW i3

2020 Kia Niro 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

MSRP

$39,990

$44,450

$38,500

$37,495

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive 1-speed direct drive 1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

258 hp @ NA RPM

170 hp @ NA RPM

201 hp @ NA RPM

200 hp @ NA RPM

Torque

317 lb-ft @ NA RPM

184 lb-ft @ NA RPM

291 lb-ft @ NA RPM

266 lb-ft @ NA RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.4

7.2

5.7

6.5

Quarter mile (seconds)

13.3

15.6

14.8

15.3

The 2020 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, thus making it feel more planted and stable while attacking the corners. 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.

 

2020 Tesla Model 3 electric Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The various versions of the Model 3 are rated between 113 MPGe and 141 MPGe by the EPA - Car and Driver 

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Sedan has a combined rating of 141 MPGe, which means it can cover a range of 141 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 148 MPGe in cities while it suffers on the highways with 132 MPGe. Other than that, Tesla can drive up to a distance of 330 miles on a single charge in the RWD Long Range model, longer than any of the other electric vehicles in the market. The efficiency of the 2020 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 gasoline-based cars.

Models

2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range 

2020 BMW i3

2020 Kia Niro 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

MPGE (city)

148

129

123

128

MPGE (highway)

132

106

102

110

MPGE (combined)

141

118

112

119

Range 322 miles 153 miles 239 miles 259 miles

The base Standard model will do 220 miles, while the Plus variant is good for 250 miles. Coming onto the Performance variant, the 2020 Model 3, when equipped with 18-inch alloys, is rated for 322 miles, whereas when equipped with a 20-inch set of wheels, the Model 3 is good for 299 miles. In terms of the competition, aside from Tesla, the Chevrolet Bolt rakes in the best MPG figures, while the BMW i3 follows it the closest.

2020 Tesla Model 3 electric Interior

8.0/10

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

The 2020 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. The cabin of the Model 3 is enchantingly silent, as there is no engine noise to hinder your peace of mind. The only clamor that may get to your ears at times is the sound of the wheels trying to find their way through some broken or bumpy street. 

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Sedan along with the Kia Niro 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 Kia Niro 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.

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Sedan comes with a 15 cu. ft trunk that 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. The Model 3 sedan's trunk is as extensive as some competitive performance hatch and offers ample space for luggage sufficient for a weekend getaway.

Model

2020 Tesla Model 3 

2020 BMW i3

2020 Kia Niro 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

5

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

40.3/56.3/42.7 39.1/56.1/42.2

40.6/56.0/41.7

39.7/54.6/41.6

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

37.7/54.0/35.2

37.4/55.0/35.7

37.7/55.1/36.0

37.9/52.8/36.5

Cargo Space

15.0

15.1

18.5

16.9

Some of the interior features on offer are-

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

The 2020 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 of sound. Although both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are left out for this year.

Some of the infotainmnet features on offer are-

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

2020 Tesla Model 3 electric Exterior

8.0/10

The look is stark, depending on how baroque your tastes run, it is either entirely too plain or clean and conservative - The Car Connection

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Sedan enjoys fairly massive exterior dimensions and it just amplifies its presence on the road. The design of the EV sedan is futuristic but it still manages to look conventional from every angle. The LED DRLs and the Tesla logo, followed by the long hood do make you realize that the Model 3 is a Tesla from far upfront. It is a good-looking set of wheels from all angles and doesn't make you feel ambiguous when you take it to your child's school or to the market.

The 2020 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 is the lightest among the four, and is also short in length and has the least wheelbase. The Kia Niro has fairly balanced dimensions meanwhile the Chevrolet Bolt other than being one of the heaviest in the group is also the tallest and least wide.

Models

2020 Tesla Model 3 

2020 BMW i3

2020 Kia Niro 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Curb weight (lbs.)

3554

2965

3854

3563

Length(in)

184.8

158.3

172.2

164.0

Width(in)

72.8

69.9

71.1

69.5

Height(in)

56.8

62.9

61.8

62.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.5"

5.2

6.3

6.5

Wheelbase (in)

113.2

101.2

106.3

102.4

Some of the exterior features of the 2020 Tesla Model 3 are-

  • 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

2020 Tesla Model 3 electric Safety

8.5/10

Tesla likes to boast about the safety of its vehicles and the 2020 Model 3 is no different. The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Sedan features quite a number of active safety options and advanced systems like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The standard Autopilot feature is the most significant of them all. Coming onto the crashworthiness, the 2020 Model 3 gets a 5-star rating from the NHTSA, whereas the IIHS rates it an overall "Good" rating on all fronts.

Some of the standard safety features on offer are-

  • 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
  • Forward Collision warning
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Tesla Autopilot

2020 Tesla Model 3 electric Competition

8.0/10

2020 Tesla Model 3 vs. 2020 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.

In comparison to the 2020 Tesla Model 3 Sedan, the BMW offering puts up lower power figures, lags both in acceleration and braking front, and does require quite a lot of refinement to own up to the 2020 Model 3.

2020 Tesla Model 3 vs. 2020 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. 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 2020 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 to the Tesla Model 3.

2020 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 3 in successive years. The 2020 Model 3 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 $39,990 and with the help of Tesla's Supercharger networks, the 2020 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.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Long does it take to charge a Model 3?

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range can charge from 10-80% in around 30 minutes from a 120kW Tesla Supercharger, whereas a Wallbox charger can take up to 13 hours to juice up your ride. 

What is the battery pack replacement cost for a Tesla Model 3?

The cost of replacing the battery pack for a Model 3 will cost around $3000-$7000 USD.

What amount does it cost to charge a Tesla Model 3?

Getting your Tesla Model 3 a full charge may cost around $11.47. These figures sum up to approximately 3.7 cents per mile.

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