The 2022 Tesla Model 3 is an electric vehicle that lives up to the hype, with a near-ideal blend of performance, driving range, and affordable pricing. It’s fast and agile, especially in the Performance trim, which means the Model 3 is an EV that driving enthusiasts like us can get behind. It was even named to our Editors’ Choice list for 2022. The mid-level Long Range trim has a driving range of 358 miles per charge, so charging the Model 3 every day is not necessary. The Model 3’s low starting price does not unlock its full potential, and its fit and finish falls short of alternatives like the Chevy Bolt and Ford Mustang Mach E. There is, however, no more affordable way to park one of Tesla’s ground-breaking EVs in your driveway.
|Only one touchscreen||Autopilot|
|Dog mode||Netflix, Hulu, YouTube streaming|
|Easter eggs||Free over-the-air updates|
|Sentry mode||Ludicrous and Plaid mode|
|Max Power ([email protected])||554 hp|
|Max Torque ([email protected])||639 Nm|
|Seating Capacity||5 people|
This is where things start to pick up speed. Whereas newer Tesla such as the Model 3 and Model Y combine performance and value, the Model S dominates nearly every category at a much higher price.
For example, the Dual Motor Model S (the EV’s most affordable trim) starts at $104,490 and can currently go up to $120,990 with options like 21′′ Arachnid wheels and cream interior.
Keep something handy because it’s “Plaid” time. You’ve probably heard how impressive the Plaid Model S is, but the only thing bigger than its list of top specs is its price.
The Tri-Motor Model S Plaid starts at $140,490 and comes with no upgrades, not even an exterior color. You’re looking at a total purchase price of $156,990.
The Long Range Model 3 starts at $57,490 and can be fully loaded for $72,490. Finally, the Model 3 Performance starts at $62,990 and can go up to $77,990 with 20′′ Überturbine wheels and all other options.
Built for Safety
Safety is the most important part of every Tesla. We design our vehicles to exceed safety standards.
Model 3 achieved NHTSA 5-star safety ratings in every category and subcategory.
Top Safety Pick+
Model 3 received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, with top ratings in all crashworthiness and front crash prevention categories.
Model 3 is built from the ground up as an electric vehicle—with ultra-high-strength steel and a low, solid center of gravity.
A material mix of aluminum and steel contributes to the best structural rigidity and occupant safety.
The rigid battery pack’s strength and support, when combined with impact-absorbing rails and centre pillar reinforcements, protects every side.
Very Low Rollover Risk
The floor-mounted battery pack’s position and weight provide a very low center of gravity, allowing for a very low rollover risk.
|3.1 sec||162 mph||AWD|
|Quickest acceleration—from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.1 seconds||Improved handling and aerodynamics allow for a top speed of 162 mph||Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive instantly controls traction and torque, in all weather conditions|
Model 3 is available with dual-motor all-wheel drive, 20″ Überturbine Wheels, and Performance Brakes for complete control in all weather conditions. A carbon fiber spoiler improves high-speed stability, allowing the Model 3 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 3.1 seconds.
20″ Überturbine Wheels and Performance Brakes
Pirelli P Zero tires and more powerful brakes are included for improved handling and performance.
Carbon Fiber Spoiler
Enhanced aerodynamics and improved stability at speeds up to 162 mph
Designed with aluminum alloy for enhanced interior styling
For improved redundancy, Tesla All-Wheel Drive has two independent motors, each with only one moving part for minimal maintenance and maximum durability. They digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels, unlike traditional all-wheel drive systems, for far better handling and traction control.
|358 mi||15 min||30,000+|
|Go anywhere with up to 358 mi of estimated range on a single charge||Recharge up to 175 mi in 15 minutes at Supercharger locations||Superchargers placed along well-traveled routes around the world|
Because the Model 3 is entirely electric, you will never need to visit a gas station again. If you charge at home overnight, you can wake up to a fully charged battery every morning. When you’re on the road, you can easily plug in at any public station or through the Tesla charging network. We now have over 30,000 Superchargers around the world, with six new locations opening every week.
Charge for about 30 minutes while you get a cup of coffee or a snack. And, with over 30,000 Superchargers strategically placed along well-traveled routes around the world, Model 3 can take you anywhere.
|Rear, side and forward-facing cameras provide maximum visibility||and Powerful visual processing at up to 250 meters of range||Tesla Vision detects nearby cars, helps prevent potential collisions, and assists with parking|
Future of Driving
The advanced safety and convenience features of Autopilot are intended to help you with the most difficult aspects of driving.
Autopilot allows your vehicle to automatically steer, accelerate, and brake within its lane. Full Self-Driving capability adds new features and improves existing functionality to make your car more capable over time, such as:
Navigate on Autopilot
Active guidance from highway on-ramp to off-ramp.
Automatically retrieve your car.
Parallel and perpendicular parking, with touch a single touch.
Auto Lane Changes
Automatically change lanes while driving on the highway.
|A touchscreen display designed to improve over time||Over-the-air software updates introduce new features, functionality, and performance||An expansive Glass Roof provides more headroom and UV protection|
Built Around the Driver
The Model 3’s interior is unlike any other car. You can use your smartphone as a key, and all driver controls are accessible via the central 15-inch touchscreen. The all-glass roof extends from front to back, giving every seat a sense of openness.
The interior is minimalist, with all controls accessible via the central 15-inch touchscreen and the steering wheel.
The forward-designed instrument panel allows for even more legroom in the front, resulting in a more spacious passenger cabin.
The premium center console is contemporary and functional, with ample covered storage and charging for two smartphones.
The back seat is extremely comfortable, with plenty of legroom and stunning views through the all-glass roof.
Better Over Time
Everything is accessible via the 15-inch touchscreen, which is designed to improve over time with regular software updates that introduce new features, functionality, and performance.
FM/HD, on-demand or internet radio, and streaming via premium Connectivity.
Smart routing that automatically adjusts to real-time traffic conditions.
Personalized drive settings and cabin controls.
Control air flow from the dashboard, in one or two directions.
The Model 3’s expansive Glass Roof provides passengers with a brighter, more spacious experience—as well as a seamless view of the sky.
With our full Glass Roof, a custom audio system, and premium seating throughout, you’ll have a better driving experience.
Front and rear seat heaters, as well as heated side mirrors, add comfort and convenience.
For interior sound dynamics comparable to a recording studio, our premium audio system includes 14 speakers, including a subwoofer and dual amplifiers.
Autopilot, which comes standard with every Tesla, allows your vehicle to automatically steer, accelerate, and brake for other vehicles and pedestrians in its lane. Advanced safety and convenience features, as well as driver assistance features like emergency braking, collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring, are designed to help you with the most difficult aspects of driving.
Charge anywhere there is power. The Mobile Connector Bundle and a 110V household outlet can be used to top off the most used range for daily driving, or upgrade to a 220V Tesla Wall Connector for the best home charging experience. Model 3 can add up to 175 miles of range in just 15 minutes using Tesla’s Supercharger network, allowing you to get back on the road faster.
With frequent wireless software updates, Model 3 improves over time, bringing you new features, more entertainment, higher performance and range, increased comfort, and even better safety.
When left unattended, your Tesla is protected by continuous 360° monitoring. Enabling Sentry Mode activates a “Standby” state, similar to that of many home alarm systems, and uses the car’s external cameras to detect and protect against potential threats.
The all-new Live Camera, which is available with Premium Connectivity, allows you to remotely view your car’s surroundings while parked, as well as honk, flash, and speak through the car’s speaker. Tesla cannot access Live Camera because it is end-to-end encrypted.
The Model 3 has 23 cubic feet of cargo space, which is accessible via both the front trunk and the rear trunk, which opens and closes automatically. Taking advantage of space previously occupied by bulky engines, gas tanks, and transmissions, the Model 3’s design allows for disproportionately large amounts of storage for a car its size while improving occupant safety through a more spacious, reinforced body and chassis.
Tesla Mobile App
Remotely controls and monitors your Tesla using Phone Key keyless driving, range and charging status, climate control, live GPS location, and other features. You can even schedule service and monitor your entire Tesla ecosystem, including Powerwall and Solar Roof power flow.
5 Color Options
|Pearl White Multi-Coat|
|Midnight Silver Metallic|
|Deep Blue Metallic|
- Punchy Acceleration
- Lithe Handling
- Long Range model boasts impressive driving range
Could be Better
- Highway driving saps range
- Fit-and-Finish could be better.
- All-Digital interior may irk some drivers
The Model 3 is a cost-effective way for regular people to park a Tesla in their driveway.
Real Range Estimation
|City – Cold Weather||360 km|
|Highway – Cold Weather||275 km|
|Combined – Cold Weather||315 km|
|City – Mild Weather||555 km|
|Highway – Mild Weather||360 km|
|Combined – Mild Weather||445 km|
|Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h||6.1 sec|
|Top Speed||225 km/h|
|Electric Range||380 km|
|Total Power||239 kW (325 PS)|
|Total Torque||420 Nm|
Battery and Charging
|Battery Capacity||60.0 kWh|
|Battery Useable||57.5 kWh|
|Charge Port||Type 2|
|Port Location||Left Side – Rear|
|Charge Power||11 kW AC|
|Charge Time (0->360 km)||6hrs 15mins|
|Charge Speed||62 km/h|
|FC Port Location||Left Side – Rear|
|Fast-charge Power (max)||170 kW DC|
|Fast-charge Time (36->288 km)||25 min|
|Fast-charge Speed||630 km/h|
EVDB Real Range
|Vehicle Consumption||151 Wh/km|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/km|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||1.7 l/100km|
WLTP Ratings (TEL)
|Rated Consumption||144 Wh/km|
|Vehicle Consumption||116 Wh/km|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/km|
|Rated Fuel Equivalent||1.6 l/100km|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||1.3 l/100km|
WLTP Ratings (TEH)
|Rated Consumption||No Data|
|Vehicle Consumption||117 Wh/km|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/km|
|Rated Fuel Equivalent||No Data|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||1.3 l/100km|
Real Energy Consumption Estimation
|City – Cold Weather||160 Wh/km|
|Highway – Cold Weather||209 Wh/km|
|Combined – Cold Weather||183 Wh/km|
|City – Mild Weather||104 Wh/km|
|Highway – Mild Weather||160 Wh/km|
|Combined – Mild Weather||129 Wh/km|
Safety (Euro NCAP)
|Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Vulnerable Road Users||74%|
Dimensions and Weight
|Weight Unladen (EU)||1835 kg|
|Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR)||2149 kg|
|Max. Payload||389 kg|
|Cargo Volume||561 L|
|Cargo Volume Max||No Data|
|Cargo Volume Frunk||88 L|
|Roof Load||70 kg|
|Tow Hitch Possible||Yes|
|Towing Weight Unbraked||750 kg|
|Towing Weight Braked||1000 kg|
|Vertical Load Max||55 kg|
|Isofix,||Yes 2 seats|
|Turning Circle||11.6 m|
|Segment||D – Large|
|EV Dedicated Platform||Yes|
|Rear side wing doors|
|Automatic headlights and wipers|
|Satin black exterior trim|
|LED 3rd brake light|
|Automated High beam assist|
|Auto-dimming, power-folding and heated side mirrors|
|LED rear lights|
|LED daytime running lights|
|Rear electric windows|
|Automatic dimming rear view mirror|
|Electric front windows|
|Single front passenger seat|
|12-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support|
|Rear center armrest, with 2 cup holders|
|Center console with storage, 2 cup holders and armrest|
|Type 2 cable|
|Glovebox, lockable with illumination|
|4 USB – C ports|
|Interior floor mats|
|Front compartment with sliding lid|
|Satin black sill plates|
|Metalized scroll wheels on steering wheel|
|Seat controls in graphite finish|
|Driver and front-passenger sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors|
|Isofix child seat anchor points|
|60/40 split-folding rear seats|
|2 zone climate control|
|Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection|
|Power adjustable steering wheel|
|3 seat bench in 2nd row|
|Front head restraints|
|Heated steering wheel|
|Map and reading lights|
|Heated rear seats|
|Heated front seats|
|Keyless driving and keyless entry|
|Wireless phone charging|
|Remote central locking|
|Tesla mobile app|
|Audio system with 8 speakers and limited Immersive Sound|
|Music, FM radio and media over Bluetooth connection|
|DAB Digital radio|
|Audio remote control|
|Steering wheel mounted controls|
|Power lift tailgate|
|Software updates over WIFI|
|Electric assisted front and rear doors|
|Custom driver profiles|
|e-Call (emergency call)|
|Speed limit recognition|
|Traffic sign recognition|
|Front parking sensor|
|BLIS (Blind spot information system)|
|Lane departure warning system|
|Rear parking sensor|
|Adaptive cruise control|
|Mobile telephone preparation|
|Automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance warning|
|3×3 point rear seat belts|
|6 airbags – Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags|
|Electric child locks|
|Tyre pressure monitor|
|ESC – Electronic Stability Control + traction control|
|Electronic Stability Programmer|
|Anti-lock brake system|
|Tesla mobile connector + domestic adapter (British 3-pin)|
|Type 2 connector (11Kw Max)|
|CCS charging connector (170Kw Max)|