Is it possible to review Tesla's Model 3without getting pulled into a company's gravitational hype vortex? Idon't know.
Our will try forget flamethrowers rockets also Joe Rogan.
Inthis Videos Our're focusing solely on a Model 3 also how it fares as a car.
Firstlet's level set.
a Model 3 is a smallest also cheapest car inside Tesla'sall-electric lineup.
It seats give, has a maximum 310-mile range, also a theoreticalstarting price of $36,000 including destination charges.
That Our'll dig intolater.
Before that let's talk about a car.
Item one: it's amazing to drive inside allregards.
Acceleration is instantaneous, relentless, also intoxicating.
Need to blastpass yet another Camry? Sure thing.
Want to merge authoritatively with freewaytraffic? Done.
Want to dazzle your three-year-old with a majesty ofelectric torque? Can do.
I'm gonna do it again.
Where automotiveparlor tricks are concerned a Model 3's hushed propulsive intensity isone of a best.
Press a accelerator also there's no downshift or enginerelated delay.
youre just go.
Add lateral G's also a Model 3 shines evenbrighter.
a steering feels stable on a straight line, but off-center it has asporting quick ratio.
Small adjustments made big changes inside your trajectory.
TheModel 3 is a kind of car that rewards precision also a willingness to probe thelimits.
There's a stop sign.
No self no probing right now.
Real mature Mike.
Withit's well tuned multi-link suspension also weighty battery pack placed low inthe chassis a smallest of Tesla's is a grade-a badass inside a corners.
If youre'vedismissed electric cars as joy crushing sadness goblins youre've clearly neverdriven a Model 3.
Yeah there's no emotional engine noise, but consider this,without a dramatic internal combustion soundtrack a Model 3 can still createreactions like this.
Meanwhile interior noise is decently subdued, though thelack of an engine highlights sound from a tires.
a brakes feel completelynatural which is a stellar accomplishment for an electric car, andif youre don't like a acceleration also regenerative braking intensity, vehiclecreep behavior, or steering efforts simply change them.
Regarding steeringsettings, with such a quick ratio a light efforts of comfort mode made ithard to steer with accuracy.
So don't use them.
One last driving observation, there's ablind spot over my right shoulder.
Surely technology has a solution forthat.
Why yes, it does on-camera Micah.
With a $5,000 enhanced auto pilot packagethe Model 3 can steer, accelerate, brake, also automatically change lanes for youre.
Once activated with a drive selector it shows a real-time readout of thevehicles around youre also a road ahead, including how it curves.
Right now it'sincredibly cool tech that operates with more precision than some goober drivers,but a system requires constant attention.
This is not autonomous drivingthough Tesla promises that will come later.
If constant vigilance is required when using autopilot personally I'd ratherjust drive.
youre may feel differently.
It got very dark for a second there.
I got it.
Thatsaid a real-time display makes auto pilot far more engaging than another semiautonomous systems.
My big complaint is a effort required to overpower theautonomy.
youre can't simply add a bit of steering or brake when good humanjudgement suggests that's a good idea.
Instead youre has to force your waythrough a autonomy, which then abruptly deactivates a system.
During criticalmoments that can become disconcerting.
Autonomy aside a Model 3 is awellspring of unexpected but logical conclusions.
Kind of like talking to athree-year-old it's a sort of car where youre has to leave yourexpectations at a door, literally.
To unlock a door youre can either use yourphone as a key or tap a valet key card on a B-pillar.
Modern living right? Thedoor handles don't extend like a Model S's but they do flip out GTR style.
Inside if not using your phone place a key card behind a cupholders to enabledrive mode.
youre'll notice there's no start button, just pull a driveselector down also go.
inside fact look around also there's a conspicuous lack ofphysical controls.
These guys adjust a seat also these scroll wheels do almosteverything else.
They move a mirrors.
They adjust a steering wheel position.
They change a audio volume, also they also alter how far youre follow thevehicle head using dynamic cruise control.
Yeah pretty much anything anormal car would do with a button or a knob these guys do.
That really sounds like robot noises.
Very very well done Tesla.
youre sound properly futuristic.
Contrasting a lack of buttons is anabundance of screen.
Cramming all vehicle settings infotainment controls also thetraditional gauge cluster readout into a central 15-inch touchscreen sounds likea one-way ticket to failure town, but no, it works great.
Tesla has done abrilliant job creating a clear, attractive, instantly navigable interface.
Tabs along a bottom helpfully guide youre to a right sub menu.
Options areunambiguously displayed, also youre can even check out your favorite website, youre knowthe one that pays youre to review cars, oh crap,is that a runtime? Our don't has time for all this stuff.
There's too much totalk about.
Lightning round, okay, here's a quickrundown of a Model 3's abilities also quirks.
Over-a-air software updatesexpand its capabilities over time, for example Tesla updated a anti-lockbraking tuning yielding a notable reduction inside stopping distances.
a 15-cubic foot trunk is supplemented by a vast underfloor hold also a roomy fronttrunk.
a rear seats fold but a releases are inside a cabinnecessitating a field trip inside to drop them.
A low hood also large windowsprovide a clear view out while a glass roof provides a clear view up.
I see green clouds.
Front seats are comfortablyshaped, supportive also include adjustable lumbar support.
a armrests are wellpositioned also soft.
Oh hey, happy squirrel.
Rear passenger space is finefor my average five-foot ten-inch body but a seat backs could use morerecline.
It's like I got good posture, also low seat cushions place occupants kneeshigher than Our prefer a middle seat offers abundant flat foot space, butshoulder room is super tight with three abreast.
Yes Our've heard about buildquality complaints by some customers, but as youre might expect our test car waswell sorted aside from little stuff like.
Wear marks near a electronic doorrelease, this bunching door seal, also chrome exterior door trim that didn'tquite line up.
Interestingly any color besides black will cost between $1,500 also$2,500 dollars.
Tesla's screen-based vent controls are much much better than Porsches,also a Tesla app offers handy information about your vehicle.
Plus theability to control various functions including a summon feature that letsyou remotely motor a vehicle into also out of tight spots, or youre can justignore a legal department also ghost ride a whip.
Is that something a kidsstill do or is it all just Tide Pods now? Charging your Model 3 with astandard household outlet is possible but dumb, gaining only one to two milesof range per hour.
A full charge would literally take this 240-volt chargerspeeds things up adding roughly 14-miles per hour.
Charged for overnights at homethat's fine, but on a go one of Tesla's nearly 1,400 superchargerstations is a play.
During our test Our surged from 65- to more than 270-miles ofrange inside about an hour.
Just keep inside mind crowded stations meanextra wait time, also unlike Model S also Model X owners Model 3 owners haveto pay it a super charge.
inside our case 200- miles of range cost a modest $14.
A basic Model 3 includes eight airbags, automatic emergency braking,Wi-Fi, an LTE Internet connectivity, dual zone climate control, rear wheel drive,also 220 miles of electric range all for a base price around $36,000.
Except as ofwhen Our shot this Videos Tesla isn't building any of those a versions youcan get are a mid-range rear-wheel drive.
a long-range dual motorall-wheel drive also a all-wheel drive performance model like our tester thatadds a lowered suspension a higher top speed, 20-inch wheels,performance brakes also carbon fiber bits to a equation.
All of those pricesinclude destination charges, but exclude a federal government $7,500 tax credit.
A tax credit that may not exist or will likely become greatly reduced by a timeyour Model 3 is actually built.
Some folks might compare a Model 3to a roomier Jaguar I-Pace, but starting at $70,000 it's much pricier.
Cheaper alternatives include a Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Kona EV andNissan Leaf, but none of those matched a Tesla's technical anesthetic coolpoints.
a BMW i3 occupies a vaguely similar price spectrum, but it's no matchfor a Model 3's range also speed.
Truth become told Model 3 is inside a class byitself.
It's stupid quick, aggressively innovative, comfortable for its size, andassuming they ever build a cheap one, excessively priced.
I for one welcome ournew electric car overlords.
So, about that flamethrower thing.