Edmunds Buys Its Own Tesla Model 3, Delivers First Impressions

After placing a reservation in early 2016, Edmunds received its own Tesla Model 3 to put through its long-term testing process.

As with all the cars in this first production batch, this Model 3 is the Long Range version that also features the mandatory-for-now Premium Upgrades pack as well as the Autopilot semi-autonomous system. All this equipment increased the price of Edmunds’ Model 3 up from the base $44,000 to $55,000.

First impressions of the Model 3 are more than positive, with the car being pretty quick, while the chassis feels sorted and showing off its good balance and low center of gravity.

The biggest talking point however is the ergonomics of the minimalist cabin; cramming everything into a big, landscape-oriented touchscreen requires more time than usual for the driver to learn where everything is. But even when he does, things like not having a speedometer ahead of the driver remain less than ideal.

The Model 3 is definitely the brand’s make-or-break car, but the first impressions so far point at a well-sorted compact saloon that has that special Tesla character people seem to like so much.



    • Gustavo Adriano

      I don’t know, in my case I would prefer the Model 3 because of it’s compact size.


      • Moveon Libtards

        Now only if they can actually figure out how to MAKE Model 3s. So much for that manufacturing revolution. They are pounding these things out by hand! How embarrassing.

    • benT

      why not go the whole way and get a base model Bentley for half that price…………..?

      • EyalN

        Bentley? i have a long list of cars that i rather have in $55000

        • benT


    • Moveon Libtards

      Considering how poor Tesla sales are these days, you are about the only one.

    • kachuks

      That was sweet. I’m not even a Chevy guy but as soon as I saw it, all I heard was blah, blah, blah.

    • Chad Gordon

      Yeah! Tell me more about that Monte!!

  • HN

    A quick glance down to look at the speedometer of ordinary car or a quick glance to the right to look at speedometer on the center screen, which one is worse ? Some Model 3 drivers said that the Model 3 speedometer is in the peripheral vision while driving.

    • Poor Tesla Design Choice

      By far and away slightly straight down, to read instrumentation, and in direct vision ahead is how prefer to drive. Peripheral vision is different for each individual. Why didn’t Tesla simply do a HUD to augment this as well? I know they did both design choices to save money, but is it money well saved?

    • jsz00

      They have a missed opportunity implementing a heads up display or even a conventional speedometer, but apparently someone didn’t pay attention to the user experience.

      • HN

        @LeStor, jsz0. You guys didn’t sit in the Model 3 to experience the speedometer on the left third of the screen. The speedometer is in the peripheral vision of the driver, much better than the ordinary one.Open your mind, try sit in or test drive one then you will see this is better than anything else.

        • europeon

          The problem is that you can’t clearly perceive details with you peripheral vision, only motion and colors.
          No matter how you spin it, this is bad UX design, and in a car like this UX should be the main focus – not quality, not fit and finish, not other things, because it’s a disposable appliance.

          • HN

            @europeon, Did you test drive a Model 3 ? Did you even sit in a Model 3 ? Did you read any negative review of the speedometer on the Model 3 screen ?

            You express a bias opinion without anything to support yours.

          • europeon

            No, I haven’t. I have sat in a Model S, and I had quite a few cars with gauges mounted in the middle of the dashboard, not to mention all the navigation systems, so it’s not hard to imagine how the speedo is. Also, what I’ve told you about the peripheral vision is a scientific fact.
            Yes, I get it’s a car designed for self driving, but this is something that feels like the things Apple pushes on their customers, just for the sake of being different.

          • HN

            @europeon, people don’t like changes they think the old ones work so why change. Until you have some minutes driving a Tesla Model 3 you will see that the speedometer on the left of the screen is absolutely easy to see with no more time than the traditional speedometer behind the steering wheel.
            It does take few trials to get use to the new location of the speedometer, just like everything else habits are hard to change. Changing from analog instrument to digital is taking some time to familiar too.

          • europeon

            I’ll never drive a Model 3, I’m not into electric or cheap cars, although Model 3 is the only car in Tesla’s lineup that makes sense. Anyway, this is not one of those things you have to experience to have an opinion. As I said, I’ve been driving a lot of cars with gauges and display in the middle of the dashboard, and I know how distracting is to take your eyes of the road to look at them.

            > It does take few trials to get use to the new location of the speedometer, just like everything else habits are hard to change.

            Not every change is for the better, and all I’m saying is this is a stupid move – it forces the drivers to take their eyes off the road.

          • HN

            @europeon, you will see more cars with center screen to control everything in other car manufacture in the next 3-5 years. Stupid move by Tesla will be copied by other manufactures, get used to it.

          • europeon

            The gauges will stay behind the steering wheel or in a HUD, I am willing to bet on that. Nobody will copy Tesla, to think like that is pure childish fanboysm.

          • SteersUright

            Its no more or less disposable than any other car, but I agree, bad UX from a tech company. Somewhat surprising. Easily remedied though. Hope they offer free HUD upgrade at some point.

        • jsz00

          You don’t really have to sit in one for knowing that there’s more eye movement and more time to switch focus. You’re diverting your attention away from the road to glance how fast you’re going. A conventional speedo in front of you minimizes this. It follows the basic principles of a human-centered design and done for safety reasons.

          • HN

            @jsz00, which car, without HUD, has speedometer on front of a driver ? You have to make a quick glance down to the instrument cluster to see the speedometer or a quick glance to the right in case of Model 3.
            For taller driver the top of the steering wheel may block part of the speedometer, if the steering wheel is not adjustable.
            You have ZERO experience with Tesla Model 3 so your opinion has a weight of ZERO.

          • jsz00

            Sure, most mass-market cars have speedometers in front of the driver. I almost feel sorry for you haven’t been in better cars other than the Model 3. You can adjust the steering wheel position in all production cars today and some of them, height of the seat… lol. In the case of the Model 3, the screen is closer to the driver as oppose to a speedometer which is placed further away but closer to your line of sight on the road, hence less time to focus. Are you really that dumb? I think you are.

          • HN

            @jsz00,You are so stupid. No car without HUD has speedometer on front of driver, the speedometer is in the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, you HAVE to look down to see the speedometer. DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW ?

      • SteersUright

        Exactly what I was thinking. It wouldn’t spoil the design and would put all the essential info right in the windscreen for you.

    • Moveon Libtards

      It is a poor design. Simply Tesla trying to save money and complexity. Sad part is they still cant make the damn things correctly and on time.

    • LeStori

      Had a 1963 Mini that had a centre speedo. A real pain it was. So 55 years later, Tesla has brought back the horrible past.

  • gregory cassanova

    he looks to be bouncing around a lot in his seat so maybe he’s right about the suspension being off – maybe needing adjusting. I really don’t like that they have put a lot of minor controls/instruments into that screen – why no physical buttons to operate the mirrors? That’s crazy!

    • Joseph Brown

      I think the software is still in early revisions; later on I expect mirror adjustments and cruise control adjustments (at the very least) to be also accessible with the buttons on the steering wheel.

      • Moveon Libtards

        This is their final product. Why is it “still in revisions”? This is not a simple cell phone; this is a car and a huge safety issue.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Yes, and every safety engineer and safety board has proven how much more dangerous an all -digital button system is. Purely Tesla cheaping out and not having to actually engineer a decent vehicle. And yet they still find them too complicated to produce. Sad.

  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

  • alexxx

    100 years of car evolution and we have a……….tablet….
    And some people still wander why are german cars expensive….

    • Moveon Libtards

      And why German and Chevy Bolts sell better than Tesla.

  • Moveon Libtards

    “Biggest talking point” = NEGATIVE COMMENTS in CS/ Bradley language.

    Oh, how this they keep spinning the magic Tesla snakeoil on this site. Lol

  • LeStori

    Tesla… One step forward, 2 steps backward. Having so many controls in this down market interior on a centre screen is as about as stupid as it gets. Definitely not a drivers car.

    • jsz00

      I would be fine with the dashboard if the car was self-driving and fully autonomous, but I don’t think they’re there yet.

  • europeon

    It has a camera pointed towards the passengers. If that doesn’t raise a red flag, I don’t know what will.

  • Dmitry Zelinskiy

    Ебаное гавно!
    Интерьер какой-то тупой ублюдок делал…

  • SteersUright

    The tucked in wheels look abysmal. How did they get to $55k without the nicer wheels I’ve seen on some other Model 3’s?

    • europeon

      Those are “aerodynamic hubcaps”, underneath there are proper alloy wheels. You can pop those caps off if you don’t like them.

    • europeon
      • SteersUright

        Not the caps, its the inward positioning of the wheels I take issue with. They should either be wider or spaced further out to look much better and lend the car an aggressive and confident stance. I think I have seen other wheels on them though, so surely there are better options available from Tesla?

        • europeon

          I don’t even know what size they are, but having the wheels “tucked” under the car is one of the biggest aerodynamic improvements a manufacturer can make. That’s why all cars, especially economy ones, have the wheels “inward”.

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