Tesla Model 3 Proves Pretty “Interesting” In Early Review

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most highly sought after vehicles even though it only costs $35,000 before incentives. The company is still in “production hell” and is only building several hundred a month so reviews have been few and far between.

That’s changing today as Doug DeMuro has released a new video where he calls the Model 3 the coolest car of the year. That’s a pretty bold statement but he does have a point by noting thousands of people lined up outside of dealerships to place their reservations similar to how people clamored over the latest iPhone.

In usual fashion, DeMuro highlight’s the car quirks including its lack of a traditional key. Instead, the car senses your phone and unlocks as you approach it and locks as you walk away. Of course, the Model 3 also comes with a credit card-style key which allows friends and family members access to the vehicle without giving them your phone.

The car also has a pretty cool charging port which is integrated into the rear taillights. Other neat features include a “frunk,” flush door handles, and a massive trunk with a mini skylight.

The interior is minimalistic as the dashboard is dominated by a strip of wood trim and a large infotainment system display which is impressively responsive. DeMuro goes on to note the rear seats are pretty roomy but the rear windows only roll down about half way. Other highlights include hidden climate control vents and a phone charging area below the infotainment screen.

When it comes time to drive the Model 3, DeMuro is impressed with the acceleration and responsive steering. He also says the ride quality is decent and there aren’t any squeaks or rattles that would hint at quality problems. Of course, everything isn’t perfect as DeMuro doesn’t like that the speedometer and other gauges have been moved to the infotainment system.

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  • LWOAP

    So, let me get this straight; if someone stole my phone, they can also jack my ride as well? That, of course, taking into consideration they can get through my password protection; which I have every reason to believe they could. And I’m pretty certain not everyone is going to have that backup key card as well. I know it won’t be a common occurrence, but I wouldn’t take any chances with this. The moment I need my phone just to get in and out a vehicle is the moment I say no thanks.

    I’d rather have a manual. It’s the best anti-theft device on the market 🙂

  • Moveon Libtards

    And this site’s Tesla propaganda machine continues to work over time and ignore the REALLY BAD news about Tesla…

    Tesla stock is crashing…1000 of employees fired recently…Model 3 production stopped again…funny how we get another Model 3 hypre promo from you but no word on the cancelled orders for parts and another 6-month delay…”All-American Tesla” wants to put its factories in CHINA!…After billions in taxpayer handouts and nothing to show for it. And you just pissed off the most powerful man in the world (see MAGA) who holds the purse strings to all those taxpayer handouts…

    Did you ever hear the saying “You are trying to hard?”

    • Ignore this Russian troll. He’s just jealous that Russia still can’t produce one single car brand of their own. Tesla has it’s issues but it is an AMERICAN company. Built by Americans and providing many American jobs. It is also innovating keeping AMERICA a leader of innovation in the world. America needs companies like Tesla, Apple, and many more to succeed because this is the future. Now get on your donkey ruskie and go home.

      • LWOAP

        How is he a Russian troll?

      • Matthijs

        Talking about AMERICAN arrogance..

    • Tesla stock crashing… Like Bitcoin is crashing. Sad that you missed the boat and excited when it falls couple of percentage? Look at the graphs and then think again.

  • Moveon Libtards

    “Coolest car of 2017”? You can’t even buy one and judging by the sudden stop orders on all the parts to make Model 3 by Elon himself, you probably won’t even be able to buy one in 2018.

    Tesla fanboys will never see reality though…

    • This kind of stupidity can only come from people who achieved and worked for nothing in their life. Tesla is competing against manufacturers that are in business for 100 years. Yet, Tesla has 3 months delay for their mass model and the competition is just showing off fancy boxes at car shows which might eventually be in production post 2020. Hello? Do you understand this? Where are the competitors? Before you complain about a company not delivering the near impossible silk smooth, try yourself to deliver an innovative product.

    • Enter Ranting

      But her emails.

  • Nordschleife

    You can’t tell Doug he ain’t the shit now.

  • IT LOOKS LIKE A SOLID WELL THOUGHT OUT CAR. IT ALSO LOOKS QUITE DREARY INSIDE. SOME WOOD ON THE CENTER STACK WOULD ADD SOME WARMTH AND HELP WITH FINGERPRINTS.
    THERE’S AN EXTENSIVE INDEXED VIDEO DESCRIBING ALL THE DETAILS OF THE CAR HOSTED BY TWO GUYS WHO ARE NOT ALL WOUND UP ON CAFFEINE.
    https://youtu.be/_DT0vDMWsq4

  • Matthijs

    I just don’t trust Tesla’s quality. Just look at the chrome trim at the B-pillar. Also the steeringwheel looks pretty cheap. And lets hope all the simple electronic things will stick work properly. Many S and X model owners have small annoying issues with their cars

  • Arthur Burnside

    Oh goody! So now I have to carry my cellphone if Iwant to drive my car. I don’t ever carry a phone in my pocket – they are too bulky and I refuse to answer a phone while driving. That door handle is simply another of the thousand and one electronic/mechanical gizmos that are sure to break and require $500 to repair.
    Tesla will have a never-ending income stream from their cars on the road. Already a Model 3 driver in New York city has been locked out of his car and had no idea how to get in. The incredibly out-of-place dashboard screen is there because of one reason – economics – it’s a cheap way of presenting data – mostly to someone sitting in the center seat – an accident waiting to happen – worse than texting.
    Let’s se if the Feds have the guts to demand a recall after the 15th fatality due to the screen’s ability to distract. Oh, that’s right, Tesla cars will drive themselves. So you trust a company that can’t setup a simple production line or assemble batteries to drive your car? The front end of the Model 3 has to be the ugliest on the road and the aero wheels may just win first prize as the ugliest wheel covers ever put on any vehicle. Those two things, by themselves, guarantees that my next electric car will NOT come from Tesla Motors, amateur automaker.

  • The iPhone of cars…just like an iPhone isn’t for me (Android guy here), I do like the fact Tesla is doing what it is doing due to the fact that this type of tech will be more rapidly adopted by mass market car manufacturers…everyone wins…

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