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.