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2017 Tesla Model 3

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Pros

  • Fantastic performance and range
  • Tesla Supercharger network is unrivaled

Cons

  • Only one model available for 2017
  • No Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay® connectivity

Battery range (EPA estimate)

310 miles

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For 2017, Tesla adds more affordable Model 3 sedan to its range

Tesla has been hugely disruptive to the automotive world, proving that electric vehicles aren't science fiction. The price of the Model S and Model X put Tesla plug-in motoring out of reach of many, but the Model 3 can be considered Tesla's first mass-market vehicle. It competes against premium compact sedans like the BMW 3 Series, which means many more people will be able to afford one. Tesla only offers one trim for 2017, the rear-wheel-drive Long Range capable of 310 miles. Jump ahead to a 2019 if you're looking for a more affordable base model (capable of 220 miles).

The styling is neat and classy. In typical Tesla fashion, controls for everything—including instruments, infotainment, and heater and ventilation—are bundled into a 15-inch central touchscreen. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are not available, but the Tesla touchscreen is easy to operate, if sometimes a bit distracting. Performance is ample. The Model 3 is quick by any measure, even when it comes to charging, particularly when plugged into Tesla's high-output Supercharger network. It's enjoyable to drive, it feels balanced and agile, and it's comfortable and spacious. An impressive all-rounder, the Model 3 brings Tesla to the masses, and it's been worth the wait.

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Explore Tesla Model 3 details

Standard Range 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

    Drive type

    2WD

    Engine size

    0.0L

    Engine type

    Electric

    Wheelbase

    113.2"

    Overall length

    184.8"

    Width

    72.8"

    Height

    56.8"

    Leg room

    F 42.7"/R 35.2"

    Head room

    F 39.6"/R 37.7"

    Front tires

    P235/45WR18

    Rear tires

    P235/45WR18

    Seating capacity

    5

    Transmission

    Automatic

    5 reasons to buy the 2017 Tesla Model 3

    1. Streamlined cockpit

    2017 Tesla Model 3: Steering and dashboard | CarMax

    One of the groundbreaking design choices in the 2017 Tesla Model 3 is a decluttered cockpit. Instead of multiple dials and buttons, everything you want to do in the car is accessible via the 15-inch touchscreen. As you sit in the driver's seat, you'll see a simple expanse of black plastic with elegant wood trim in front of you. To your right is a pedestal holding the touchscreen—and that's all. In addition to being cool, the touchscreen is easy to clean with a simple wipe.

    2. Packed with power

    2017 Tesla Model 3: Exterior of car | CarMax

    With 258 hp, 307 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum speed of 162 mph, the 2017 Tesla Model 3 leaps off the line, going from zero to 60 mph in around six seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). The Model 3 is a sedan that drives more like a sports car. This is great if you want a spirited drive, and it's also immensely practical for cruising on the highway or climbing mountain roads.

    3. Loaded with tech

    2017 Tesla Model 3: Touchscreen display | CarMax

    One of the defining features of the 2017 Tesla Model 3 is its 15-inch touchscreen. It's used to access functions that are on the dashboard of most cars, including climate controls and the sound system, as well as EV-specific details on the available driving range and state of charge. Tesla added some fun features like Dog Mode that lets you keep AC or heat on for your pooch while you run a quick errand. Plus, the technology in the car gets regularly updated as Tesla introduces new features.

    4. Easy to charge

    RTB 42017 Tesla Model 3: Charging port | CarMax

    An EPA-estimated driving range of up to 200 miles on a full charge can take you and your 2017 Tesla Model 3 through all your errands, a long commute, or a day trip.

    The Supercharger network has more than 1,000 stations in the U.S. and can charge a Tesla Model 3 up to 90 percent in around 37 minutes—just enough time for a lunch break (all according to the manufacturer). Going electric might feel like a big step, but Tesla makes it easy.

    5. Plenty of space

    2017 Tesla Model 3: Storage space under hood | CarMax

    Forget tight little trunks and cramped back seats. The 2017 Tesla Model 3 has a total passenger volume of 97 cubic feet, with generous headroom, shoulder room, and legroom. The boxy trunk can fit boxes or suitcases, with a volume of 15 cubic feet. Folding down the rear seats lets you load longer items. And don't forget the front trunk (frunk)—it's lined with plastic and can hold a cooler, a suitcase, or groceries.

     



    Similar vehicles

    If you're interested in the 2017 Tesla Model 3, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is an all-electric four-door hatchback with front-wheel drive. The 200-hp motor with 266 lb-ft of torque jumps from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new), with an EPA-estimated 119 MPGe combined.

    The 2017 Bolt also has an EPA-estimated 238 miles of driving range when fully charged.
    The passenger volume of 94 cubic feet includes a full back seat that's a bit roomier than in most hatchbacks.

    Standard features of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt include:

    • 17 cubic feet of cargo space

    • 10.5-inch touchscreen with backup camera and blind-spot monitoring

    • Driver-assistance package (includes forward-collision alert with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beams)



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    2017 Tesla Model 3 trims

    • Standard: Includes 15-inch touchscreen, navigation system, heated front seats, optional adaptive cruise control and automatic parking, universal garage door opener, and more.

    • Long Range: Increases driving range up to an EPA-estimated 310 miles on a full charge.

    • Enhanced Autopilot Package: Adds the ability to automatically transition from one freeway to another and exit the freeway when your destination is near, adaptive cruise control, self-parking, automated lane changing, lane-keeping assistance, and more.

    • Premium Upgrades Package: Unlocks wood decor, two rear USB ports, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection, and more.

     



    2017 Tesla Model 3 FAQ

    More about the 2017 Tesla Model 3

    Color Options

    2017 Tesla Model 3: Color options | CarMax

    Exterior Colors:

    • Deep Blue Metallic

    • Midnight Silver Metallic

    • Pearl White Multi-Coat

    • Red Multi-Coat

    • Silver Metallic

    • Solid Black (standard)

    Interior Colors:

    • Black

    Interior Details

    Seating five, the total volume of the 2017 Tesla Model 3 cabin is 97 cubic feet. In both the Standard and Long-Range trims, the front seat has 39.6 inches of headroom, 42.7 inches of legroom, and 56.3 inches of shoulder room. The upholstery is black cloth, with a premium fabric option. The trunk holds 15 cubic feet, and its boxy shape makes it easier to pack it full. One fun feature is the frunk, a storage compartment under the hood where a gas engine would be found in a conventional car.

    Child Seat Details

    The 2017 Tesla Model 3 easily accommodates child seats, whether forward- or rear-facing. Belt-based child seats can be placed on any passenger seat. ISOFIX/i-Size child-restraint systems can be installed in either of the rear outboard seats. The Model 3 is roomier than many other all-electric vehicles, with 37.7 inches of headroom in the rear, making it easier to place car seats and get kids in and out.

    Performance

    If you've never driven an electric car, you may be surprised how zippy it can be. The 2017 Tesla Model 3 can go from zero to 60 mph in around six seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Plus, you'll get 258 hp in this single-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive sedan, with 307 lb-ft of torque. The 2017 Model 3 gets an EPA-estimated 131 MPGe city and 120 MPGe highway.

    Year Comparison

    2017-Present Tesla Model 3 (First Generation)

    The Model 3 has remained much the same since it launched in 2017. One thing to note, however, is that only the 79.5-kWh models are available from 2017-2018, due to demand. Tesla regularly adds new features through over-the-air updates.



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