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2020 Tesla Model 3

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Tesla Model 3 highlights

Customer reviews

4.7 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

(data not available)

Pros

  • Class-leading range and performance
  • Tesla's impressive Supercharger network for long-distance driving

Cons

  • Large touchscreen can be distracting to use on the move
  • Some quality issues reported in relation to build

Battery range (EPA estimate)

250 miles

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)

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2020 Tesla Model 3 keeps going strong with performance and tech

Tesla has always done things its own way, and that's true even with its big-selling Model 3. Rolling updates are increasingly the norm, with the company enabling new features and upgrading existing cars via wireless updates, much like you'd do with your smartphone. Even so, the Model 3 can be bought in a number of configurations, with buyers able to balance their needs for price, driving range, or performance. There are three primary trim options: the rear-wheel-drive Standard Range Plus and the Long Range and Performance models, which both have dual-motor all-wheel drive. The Standard Range Plus is quoted at 250 miles, and the Long Range ups that to 322 miles of range.

The Performance model has a more focused suspension and bigger brakes, and it drops a bit of range in return for greater performance. But all Model 3s feel brisk, thanks to the immediate power delivery. The Model 3 handles well, too, and you'll find it's fun to drive any of the trim choices. All come well equipped, especially tech-wise, and Tesla's Autopilot system—a clever adaptive cruise control—helps relieve some of the monotony of freeway driving. Spacious and comfortable, the Model 3 is an impressive all-around choice, which continues not only to impress but to get better as Tesla refines it.

All Tesla Model 3 years

New for 2020

  • The Mid Range trim has been discontinued for 2020.
  • Model 3 trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control and Sunroof(s) as standard equipment this year.
  • Satellite Radio Ready features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Performance trim now comes with Rear Seat Heaters and Leatherette Seats as standard equipment.
  • The Standard Range trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters, Power Seat(s), Leatherette Seats, and Memory Seat(s) as standard equipment.
  • The Standard Range Plus trim now comes with Skylight(s), Memory Seat(s), and Leatherette Seats as standard equipment.
  • The Long Range trim now comes with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment.

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
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Navigation System
  • Satellite Radio Ready

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 40.3"/R 37.7"

Front tires

P235/45WR18

Rear tires

P235/45WR18

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

5 reasons to buy the 2020 Tesla Model 3

1. Comfortable ride for five

2020 Tesla Model 3 Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #1 | CarMax

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 uses simplicity as the key to a comfortable and functional interior. Leather seating, on all trims, can be comfortable for both short and long trips. Passengers can set just the right temperature in the intuitive climate control system. The sky is the limit with the standard all-glass roof, helping the cabin feel roomy and open. Front and rear heated seats are available to keep everyone warm when the cold weather comes.

2. Double the fun

2020 Tesla Model 3 Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #2 | CarMax

Why have one motor when you can have two? The 2020 Tesla Model 3 AWD models use electric motors on both axles. This intelligent AWD system reacts in as little as 10 milliseconds to changes in road conditions. Then, the torque gets moved to the wheels with the most traction. This helps you have a confident grip to handle what the road sends your way. This makes the Model 3 a great option if you regularly drive in poor weather.

3. Leading the technology charge

2020 Tesla Model 3 Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #3 | CarMax

You don't have to be someone who keeps up with the latest tech to enjoy the 2020 Tesla Model 3. A center-mounted 15-inch touchscreen offers intuitive controls for most of the vehicle's features. Twelve ultrasonic sensors and 360-degree cameras feed the driver aids, too. Are you someone who needs the latest tech? Then you'll be pleased to know you can get the latest software updates directly from Tesla over the air so you won't miss out on any of the new features.

4. Driver longer, recharge faster

2020 Tesla Model 3 Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #4 | CarMax

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 has an impressive EPA-estimated range. The standard 2020 Model 3 with a 54kWh battery has an EPA-estimated 250 miles of range on a full charge.

Choose the 2020 Model 3 Long Range, which includes a 79.5kWh battery, for up to an EPA-estimated 330 miles of range on a full charge.
When you visit one of the more than 20,000 SuperCharger stations across the continental US, you can recharge 175 miles of range in about 15 minutes.

5. Powered performance

2020 Tesla Model 3 Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #5 | CarMax

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance lives up to its name. Accelerating to 60 mph from a stop takes just 3.2 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). A 211kW motor is combined with a 147kW motor, putting power to all four wheels, which can improve traction during aggressive maneuvers. Despite the battery's substantial weight, the 2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance can handle cornering with confidence.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Tesla Model 3, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

A front-runner option if you're shopping electric, the 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV is powered by a 201-hp electric motor, delivering front-wheel drive via a single-speed automatic transmission. When new, a fully charged 2019-2021 Kona Electric has an EPA-estimated range of 258 miles.

Seating five passengers and accommodating up to 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, this is a sensible all-electric choice.

Standard features on the 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL base trim include:

  • Rearview camera

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto functionality

  • Keyless entry



Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.7 out of 5

9 customer reviews

2020 Tesla Model 3 trims

Long Range:

  • Includes a rearview camera, cruise control, Park Assist, a power liftgate, an available Wi-Fi hotspot, a premium sound system, heated seats, brake assist, blind-spot collision warning, and more.

  • View all Tesla Model S Long Ranges in stock

Long Range Plus:

Performance:



2020 Tesla Model 3 FAQ

More about the 2020 Tesla Model 3

2020 Tesla Model 3 Review: Top Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Deep Blue Metallic

  • Midnight Silver Metallic

  • Solid Black

  • Pearl White Multi-Coat

  • Red Multi-Coat

Interior colors:

  • All Black

  • Black and White

Interior details

The interior of the 2020 Tesla Model 3 is spacious, comfortable, and stylish. Heated seats in the front and rear get wrapped in soft leather, standard on any trim. At 97 cu ft, there's plenty of passenger space for up to five. Gaze into the sky through the glass roof, an exciting feature on all trims.

Child seat details

There are two complete LATCH anchor systems in the rear of the 2020 Tesla Model 3 and a tether anchor point. While there are lower anchors on the outside rear seats, they might be hidden deeper in the seat material than other vehicles. Either rear- or forward-facing car seats will work in any of the three spots. The rear seat measures 52.4 inches wide, so that may be too tight for three child seats.

Year comparisons

2017–2021 (First Generation)

The Tesla Model 3 has not changed since it launched in 2017, using the same battery capacity and features. Tesla only made 79.5kWh models from 2017–2018 due to demand. Software updates get pushed over the air to the car to add new features, improve existing functions, and increase battery range. These updates apply to all Tesla Model 3s, regardless of model year or trim.

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