2018 Tesla Model 3 Pricing
- Tesla prestige at a lower price
- Class-leading performance and handling
- More technologically advanced than rivals
- Questionable durability based on our experience
- Limited cargo capacity and interior storage
- Touchscreen interface design can lead to driver distraction
- Currently only available with pricey options
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Features & Specs
|4dr Sedan (electric)|
Our experts’ favorite Model 3 safety features:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
- Active Cruise Control
- Maintains a set gap between you and the car you're following. It comes to a complete stop and resumes following, too.
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Warns if you are drifting out of your lane and will nudge the steering to get you back in line.
There's been a lot of hype surrounding the previous two models from Tesla, the S and the X, but the Model 3 has been the recipient of a heaping serving of it due to its more accessible $35,000 price. Unfortunately, that price is unattainable for now since only the more expensive extended-range version is available. The rumored mid-$30,000 version of the Model 3 should be offered later this year, while the current price of admission is almost $50,000.
The five-passenger 2018 Tesla Model 3 sedan is propelled by a single electric motor that is powered by a long-range lithium-ion battery pack. It creates the equivalent of 258 horsepower fed through a single-speed transmission that drives the rear wheels. Cruising range is estimated at 310 miles. Tesla will introduce the more affordable, 220-mile-range standard model with reduced power, as well as an all-wheel-drive option, later this year.
Standard feature highlights include 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights and high beams, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, a 15-inch touchscreen, a navigation system with real-time traffic, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, remote control of some systems via a smartphone app, a rearview camera, and a seven-speaker audio system with internet streaming radio and two USB ports. Forward collision warning and mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with collision avoidance, and lane departure warning are also standard.
Also included for the first-generation Model 3 is the Premium Upgrades package that adds items such as LED foglights, heated and power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, heated seats, power-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable steering column, leather upholstery, wood interior trim and a premium audio system.
The available Enhanced Autopilot option provides adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic lane changing and self-parking. Buyers can also choose an option that gives the Model 3 the capability to be fully self-driving in the future. Nineteen-inch wheels are available as a stand-alone option.
In the Tesla Model 3's price range, the BMW i3 represents one of its few competitors. The 2018 Model 3's lower price will pit it against other EVs that include the Chevrolet Bolt, the Hyundai Ioniq and the Nissan Leaf. In all of these cases, the Tesla outperforms these alternatives by a significant margin in terms of acceleration and range. But it does come up short in regard to cargo space and interior storage.
For most shoppers interested in the Model 3, the advantages far outweigh the drawbacks. Thankfully, you can use all of the tools available at Edmunds to get a clearer picture of the differences.
2018 Tesla Model 3 Overview
The 2018 Tesla Model 3 is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include , and 4dr Sedan (electric).
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