For those who can afford it, the smallest and least expensive Tesla offers day-to-day usability, surprisingly fun road manners, a 5-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and an intriguing glimpse of a gasoline-free future. If Tesla delivers on its promised $36,000 base version, we might finally have a true electric car for the masses.
New Features and Revisions
The perpetually iconoclastic Tesla doesn’t believe in model years, instead it makes vehicle changes whenever needed (sometimes via software updates). That said, the Model 3 roster has expanded of late to include a mid-range rear-wheel-drive version (260 miles) with a cheaper $47,000 base price. Meanwhile, long-range Model 3s (310 miles) now feature dual-motor, all-wheel-drive traction with the Performance variant delivering thrilling 3.3-second sprints to 60 miles per hour. Wheee!