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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.
Range when new (EPA estimate)
Estimated range today
266 - 290 miles
Est. range in 3 years
262 - 286 miles
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Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)
F 42.7"/R 35.2"
F 39.6"/R 37.7"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
The Tesla Model S is a good-looking all-electric sedan that's full of high-tech features. All 2017-2020 models have a large central touchscreen, a wealth of driver aids, and access to Tesla's Supercharger network. 2019 models get an EPA-estimated 285 miles of range when fully charged.
Standard features of the 2019-2020 Tesla Model S include:
Premium audio system
The 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium is a midsize luxury car. It's a plug-in hybrid, so you never have to worry about running out of charge on a long trip. The eco-chic hatchback has front-wheel drive, and the combination of 204 hp and 258.15 lb-ft of torque springs from zero to 60 mph in 7 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). The hybrid driving system has an EPA-estimated 83 MPGe combined.
14 cubic feet of cargo space
Forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking
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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.
The rear seats of the Tesla Model 3 split 60/40, so you can fold one or both sections down. When the rear seats are flat, the space extends all the way through to the trunk, so you can stow long objects like skis or a bicycle.
Like all fully electric cars, Teslas don't need conventional oil changes. In fact, they don't require annual maintenance or regular fluid changes. You can also say goodbye to fuel filters, spark plug replacements, and emission checks. Even brake pad replacements are rare. The only recommended regular maintenance for a Tesla is changing cabin air filters every two years.
This roomy five-seater has 39.6 inches of headroom in the front, and almost that in the back, and you can stretch your legs in the front seats up to 42.7 inches. The 2017 Tesla Model 3 is considered a very comfortable car.
This advanced car alarm puts out an audible warning, sends a text to the owner, and records a video of the event. Sentry Mode became available as an over-the-air software update in 2019. To receive this update, the Tesla Model 3 must be equipped with the Enhanced Autopilot package and have been produced after August 2017—so it's not available for every 2017 Tesla Model 3.
Deep Blue Metallic
Midnight Silver Metallic
Pearl White Multi-Coat
Solid Black (standard)
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.
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.
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.
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.