2022 Tesla Model 3 electric

MSRP $39,990

Ranked #10 in Sedan

7.2

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

Updated on: July 5, 2021


Electric vehicles have come a long way in recent times due to their durability and user-friendly functionalities. The leap to sustainable energy has been hyped a lot by the revolutionary Elon Musk and his company Tesla, Inc. The California-based electric vehicle and clean energy company have changed the perception of consumers that electric cars are sloppy and not fit for an enjoyable drive. Tesla has managed to change the world in terms of sustainable energy, and the company’s EV lineup, although with fewer options, has taken the world by storm since its inception in 2013. The 2022 Tesla Model 3 is expected to be a little cheaper by $8,000 compared to the 2021 model year's $39,690. The 2022 Model 3 Sedan will come fitted with Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) batteries, churning out better performance and efficiency. This new battery replaces thecurrent Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (NCA) batteries used in Tesla cars.

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Pros

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

Impressive drive range for a small EV

Brisk acceleration

Access to Tesla’s super-wide supercharger network

Cons

Huge 15” touchscreen might distract drivers

Not the best build quality

Cramped rear bench

Sub-par NVH levels

What's New?

New LFP battery tech 

Mild tweaks in the autopilot system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39990

bodystyle

dr Sedan

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Trims

Standard Range Plus$39,990 onwards

Ratings

Pricing and Features

5.0

Engine and Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.5

Safety

8.1

Competition

9.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


Tesla is expected to apply minor tweaks to the car’s autopilot system to amplify the usability of the 2022 Tesla Model 3. This autopilot feature is already an industry-leading feature of the company. Apart from these, there are no major changes expected for the 2022 Tesla Model 3. The 2021 model had already received a few fresh changes such as exterior toning down some brightwork near windows and door handles, a wireless charging pad inside the car, and a power trunk lid. The Model 3 sedan is known for providing comfort and an excellent driving range with satisfying performance. The sales speak for themselves. Expect the 2022 Tesla Model 3 to be priced somewhere around $30,000 for the base model. The 2022 Tesla Model 3 will be competing for the top spot with the likes of Chevrolet Bolt EV, Kia Niro EV, and Nissan Leaf (S Plus).

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

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Features

The Tesla Model 3 electric sedan is available in three trim levels: Standard Plus, Long Range AWD, and Performance. Each trim offers a different driving range and acceleration figures from the electric powertrain. Tesla also offers a Full Self-Driving Capability option available on all trims. It brings nifty semi-automated driving features, including automated parking and lane changing assist. For 2022, Tesla would upgrade the automated driving capabilities through over-the-air updates.

Model

Standard Range Plus

Long Range

Performance

MSRP (RWD)

$36,990

N/A

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$46,990

$54,990

Key Features

Claimed Range of 263 miles

In addition to the Standard Range Plus trim

In addition to the Long Range trim 

 

12-way Power-adjustable heated front seats

Claimed Range of 353 miles

Range of 299 miles

 

Upgraded Audio-immersive sound

18” Aero Wheels

Faster acceleration and more power with the optional performance upgrade

 

Premium Connectivity(30 days included)

Heated front and rear seats

Power folding, heated side mirrors

 

Custom Driver profiles

Premium audio-14 speakers,1 subwoofer, 2 amps, and an immersive sound

Lower stance

 

Center Console with Storage

LED fog lamps

20" performance wheels

 

4 USB ports and docking for 2 smartphones

Music and media over Bluetooth

Tesla autopilot

 

Tinted Glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection

Premium Connectivity(1 year included)

Automatic climate control

 

Power Folding, heated side mirrors

Custom driver profiles

All glass panoramic sunroof

We Recommend 

We liked the driving range offered by Model 3. We would go with the Long Range AWD trim. It offers a range of 353 miles and adds a fast charger. The all-wheel-drive configuration facilitates better traction and handling. You also get an upgraded 14-speaker audio system as standard on this trim. For a difference of $10,000 from the base trim, you do get more value for money with the Long Range trim of the Model 3.

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Engine and Performance

6.5/10

Apart from the battery change, there is no expectation of a change of any other engine components in the 2022 Tesla Model 3. The engine will be the same as the 2011 Tesla Model 3, and the performance figures should be almost the same between them both, with an exception of the increased range in the 2022 model. The 2021 Tesla model 3 is powered by an electric motor that gives out a power of 258 horsepower and 371 lb-ft of torque. This torque is enough to make the car boom with speed with a pretty quick acceleration. The same motor is also expected to come in the 2022 Tesla Model 3 with a similar performance on the road and with a higher range than any of Tesla’s previous cars.

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Sedan in action

The base Standard Range Plus comes with an RWD drivetrain, but the other two models come with an AWD drivetrain. The base model works with one motor, while the other two use a dual-motor setup. All of them come with a single-speed drive mechanism for a better grip on speed. The Standard Range Plus takes 5.3 seconds to reach speed from 0-60 MPH. That is just blazing fast for a base model of an affordable sedan. The dual-motor enabled top model, ‘Performance’ takes just 3.2 seconds to reach from 0-60 MPH. For the Long Range model, it takes 4.4 seconds to reach from 0-60 MPH. The handling of the car is also good enough with a comfortable yet safe ride guaranteed. A smooth ride on any road is also promised by the big conglomerate.

Models

2022 Tesla Model 3*

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Nissan Leaf

MSRP

$35,990

$37,495

$38,500

$38,270

Engine

Twin Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors

Twin Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors

Twin Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors

Twin Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Power

258 hp 

200 hp 

201 hp 

214 hp

Torque

371 lb-ft 

266 lb-ft 

291 lb-ft 

250 lb-ft

*2021 MY data used for reference

The competition 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV takes 6.5 seconds to reach 60 MPH from 0. The Kia Niro takes 6.5 seconds to reach from 0-60 MPH. The S Plus model of the 2021 Nissan Leaf has also been tested for a similar time, which is less than 7 seconds to attain speed from 0-60 MPH. They cannot beat the Tesla Model 3 in acceleration. When comparing the price range, surprisingly, Tesla is the least expensive option in the competition.

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The new 2022 Tesla Model 3 is expected to provide better efficiency than any of its previous iterations. Even if it doesn’t live up to the expectations, the electric sedan will surely match the previous year’s fuel efficiency, which was better than most of the electric cars at this price point. The sedan will be able to provide 148 MPGe in the city, 132 MPGe on the highway, and 141 MPGe combined.

Models

2022 Tesla Model 3*

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Nissan Leaf

MPGe (City)

148

128

123

118

MPGe (Highway)

132

110

102

97

MPGe (Combined)

141

119

112

108

Range

322

259

239

226

*2021 MY data used for reference

The Tesla Model 3 overshadows all its competitors in terms of the overall driving range. The new LFP battery technology is focused on increasing the performance and efficiency altogether. Tesla offers the best-in-class overall range of 322 miles, followed by Chevrolet Bolt, Kia Niro, and Nissan Leaf offering 259, 239, and 226 miles, respectively.

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the 2022 Tesla Model 3 is not expected to change much from the 2021 model, except a few tweaks here and there and the continuous software updates, knowing Tesla’s proficiency. The Autopilot system is expected to be updated in the newer model, bringing a lot of new features in the 2022 model. The spacious and comfortable cabin inside the 2021 model is expected to remain the same in the 2022 model. We can just hope the build quality is improved in the new model. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Sedan cockpit area

The look in the interior is very minimalistic and simple with everything inside controlled by the massive 15” touchscreen display fixed in the middle of the dashboard. There is also a rear infotainment system with a 5” display. The rear seats are a little cramped as compared to the airy front seats. The rear seats can be folded to create a huge cabin area that can carry a lot of baggage inside the car.

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Sedan front seats

Models

2022 Tesla Model 3*

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Nissan Leaf

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.3/56.3/42.7

39.7/54.6/41.6

40.1/56.0/41.7

41.2/54.3/42.1

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

37.7/54.0/35.2

37.9/52.8/36.5

37.7/55.1/36.0

37.3/52.5/33.5

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15

18.5

16.9

23.6

*2021 MY data used for reference

The interior looks very futuristic and luxurious and comes with automatic climate control and air purifiers to keep the air inside the cabin cool and fresh. There are also expectations that the 2022 model will come with an all-glass sunroof and a premium music system. It is also expected to come with Apple CarPlay and Google services pre-installed. The notable interior features of the 2022 Tesla Model 3 are:

  • Google-Based Navigation System
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • All Glass roof with a panoramic sunroof
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Automatic Air Filtration
  • Split-folding rear setback
  • 5” inch infotainment screen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 4 USB-C Ports
  • Premium Audio System

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Exterior

6.5/10

The design of the 2022 Tesla Model 3 will not change at all from the 2021 Tesla Model 3, as per reports. Tesla’s designs have always garnered a lot of praise, and this Model 3 is no different. Even the Tesla Model Y is built on the same principles as the Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 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 any kind of grille in front, the floor of the car is quite low. This has been achieved as there is no bulky engine under the hood. The curves of the car give it a much more evolved and sportier look. 

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Sedan 

Models

2022 Tesla Model 3*

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Nissan Leaf

Curb Weight (lbs)

3554

3563

3854

3891

Length (inches)

184.8

164.0

172.2

176.4

Width (inches)

72.8

69.5

71.1

70.5

Height (inches)

56.8

62.8

61.8

61.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.5

5.5

6.3

5.9

Wheelbase (inches)

113.2

102.4

106.3

106.3

*2021 MY data used for reference

The main highlight of the 2022 Tesla Model 3 will be the perfect use of the LED DRLs all over the car, like its previous generations. Teslas are known for their design quotient and this time is also no different. When comparing the curb weight of cars in the competition, Nissan Leaf turns out to be the heaviest at 3,891 lbs. Major exterior highlights of the sedan include-

  • 21-inch Optional Turbine alloy wheels
  • Tinted Glass Roof
  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • LED Foglamps

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Safety

8.1/10

The 2022 Tesla Model 3 will be full of top-of-the-line technological features as is common with all cars manufactured by Tesla. As the 2022 model is expected to be just a carryover of the 2021 Tesla Model 3, the safety ratings and features will be the same in both cars. The driver-assist features and the autopilot in all the Tesla vehicles are top-notch in whatever real-life situation arises. The NHTSA has rated the 2021 Tesla Model 3 with an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. The IIHS has also rated the sedan ‘Good’ in all the crash test categories and has also awarded the 2021 model with the Top Safety Pick + rating. Some special safety features that will be available in the 2022 Tesla Model 3 are as follows:

  • 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)
  • Pedestrian detection

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Competition

9.0/10

2022 Tesla Model 3 vs 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The 2022 Tesla Model 3 is expected to come at a lower price than the Chevrolet Bolt EV. It will also be available with an all-wheel-drive system, whereas the Bolt only comes in a front-wheel-drive system. The Tesla Model 3 will also be available with a more powerful engine than the Bolt, with a much better acceleration in the Model 3. The NHTSA has rated both cars with 5 stars. In the IIHS ratings, the Tesla has won the Top Safety Pick + rating, whereas the Bolt has received ‘Good’ in all the ratings except the ‘small overlap front passenger side’ where it has only an ‘Acceptable rating. All of this makes the Tesla Model 3 a better buy than the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Tesla Model 3 vs 2021 Kia Niro EV

The Tesla Model 3 in 2022 will come at such a price that will be less than most electric sedans in the world. The power of the engine and the torque produced for acceleration are all better than the Kia Niro EV, with a much higher speed and endurance, at least on paper. The Kia Niro EV remains unrated by the NHTSA and has an overall ‘Good’ in the IIHS rating. The 2021 Tesla Model 3 has received a better rating by both organizations and hence is a better buy than the Kia Niro EV.

2021 Kia Niro EV

2022 Tesla Model 3 vs 2021 Nissan Leaf

Even the Nissan Leaf cannot match the price at which the 2022 Tesla Model 3 is going to launch early next year. The front-wheel-drive Nissan Leaf cannot match the power of the electric engine in the Tesla. The acceleration of the Tesla Model 3 is also way too fast for any other manufacturer to catch on in the current generations. The Nissan Leaf is only better in one category, it has larger cargo space than the 2022 Tesla Model 3. The 2021 Nissan Leaf has got ‘Good’ overall in the IIHS rating, except a ‘Marginal’ in the latch ease of use category. In the NHTSA ratings though, the Leaf has received a 5-star rating, which is the same as the 2021 Tesla Model 3. Overall the 2022 Tesla Model 3 is the better pick.

2021 Nissan Leaf

 

2022 Tesla Model 3 electric Final Verdict

With a much lower price tag than the 2021 Tesla Model 3, the 2022 Tesla Model 3 will attract lots of buyers. The new battery system is promising and expected to provide much better efficiency and range for long drives. This feature-rich futuristic car has an engine powerful enough for any situation, with faster acceleration than most. Offering a significant price cut over the previous model year, the 2022 Tesla Model 3 looks more promising and one of the most sought-after cars in the next few years.

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