2021 Tesla Model 3

MSRP range: $44,990 - $58,990
4.2 out of 5 stars(18)
Edmunds suggests you pay$43,190

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[MUSIC PLAYING] JONATHAN ELFALAN: No other manufacturer to date has yet to offer an EV for the money that's as appealing to drive, look at, and use on a day-to-day basis as a Tesla Model 3. That's why it's our pick this year and the defending champion for Edmunds top-rated electric vehicle. ALISTAIR WEAVER: The award goes to the car itself and not the Twitter antics of CEO Elon Musk. We remain skeptical of lots of Tesla's promises from future vehicles to the so-called full self-driving. Frankly, believe it when you see it. But to focus on such things is to devalue the merits of the vehicle, itself, which are ever improving. Tesla's practice of updating its software over the air means dynamic refinements and new features arrive without you having to visit a service center. It's not always glitch-free, and rivals are introducing similar systems. But for now, at least, Tesla leads the way. Our choice remains the entry level Standard Range Plus. And for the upcoming 2021 model year, Tesla is introducing such niceties as black trim and wireless phone charging. JONATHAN ELFALAN: While it's unlikely you'll match Tesla's claim to range figures-- we never have-- there's enough real-world range for most shoppers. Plus, buying-in gets you access to the supercharger network, which remains the most robust, fast-charging set up across the nation. The Model 3 is a powerful, attractive, and highly-functional EV that serves as an excellent commuter for shoppers who are ready to adopt all-electric mobility. Edmunds has owned two Model 3s. Our editor-in-chief bought one for his family car. That's the strongest recommendation we can make.

2020 Tesla Model 3: Edmunds Top Rated EV | Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2021

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Tesla Model 3, but since the 2021 Tesla Model 3 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Is the Tesla Model 3 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Model 3 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Model 3 has 15.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Tesla Model 3. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Tesla Model 3?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Tesla Model 3:

  • Increased range and efficiency
  • New interior and exterior trim
  • Standard integrated wireless phone charger
  • Part of the first Model 3 generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Tesla Model 3 reliable?

To determine whether the Tesla Model 3 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Model 3. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Model 3's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Tesla Model 3 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Tesla Model 3 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Model 3 and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Model 3 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Tesla Model 3?

The least-expensive 2021 Tesla Model 3 is the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 11/21 (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $41,990.

Other versions include:

  • Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) which starts at $58,990
  • Long Range 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) which starts at $50,990
  • Standard Range Plus 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 11/21 (electric DD) which starts at $41,990
  • 4dr Sedan (electric DD) which starts at $44,990
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What are the different models of Tesla Model 3?

If you're interested in the Tesla Model 3, the next question is, which Model 3 model is right for you? Model 3 variants include Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), Long Range 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), Standard Range Plus 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 11/21 (electric DD), and 4dr Sedan (electric DD). For a full list of Model 3 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Tesla Model 3 Overview

The 2021 Tesla Model 3 is offered in the following submodels: Model 3 Sedan, Model 3 Long Range, Model 3 Performance. Available styles include Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), Long Range 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), Standard Range Plus 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 11/21 (electric DD), and 4dr Sedan (electric DD). The 2021 Tesla Model 3 comes with all wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 1-speed direct drive.

What do people think of the 2021 Tesla Model 3?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Tesla Model 3 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Model 3 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Model 3.


  • Class-leading range, performance and handling
  • Comfortable seating and lots of interior room
  • Access to Tesla's prolific Supercharger fast-charging stations


  • Touchscreen interface can lead to driver distraction
  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Tesla Model 3 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Model 3 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Tesla Model 3?

2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 11/21 (electric DD)

2021 Tesla Model 3 4dr Sedan (electric DD)

2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

Which 2021 Tesla Model 3s are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Tesla Model 3 for sale near. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Tesla Model 3.

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

What is the MPG of a 2021 Tesla Model 3?

2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel

2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel

2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 11/21 (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel

Transmission1-speed direct drive
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Passenger Volume112.0 cu.ft.
Wheelbase113.2 in.
Length184.8 in.
Height56.8 in.
Curb Weight4065 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Tesla Model 3?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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