Consumer Reports Buys Tesla Model 3, Hands Out Its First Impressions

Not counting the recently unveiled new-gen Roadster or the upcoming Semi, Tesla actually has three vehicles available in its boutique showrooms: the Model S executive saloon, the Model X SUV and the Model 3 compact sedan.

The latter is also the newest of the three, having been unveiled almost two years ago and delayed for what seemed like an eternity to those that went ahead and reserved it right away.

Well, the Tesla Model 3 is finally here, and since the public continues to be hyped about it, Consumer Reports went ahead and bought one of their own. Normally starting at a promised $35,000, their example came at a rather steep $59,000, as it features the $9,000 long-range battery, AutoPilot and other options.

What it doesn’t have is an all-wheel drive system, but at least their EV should travel for up to 310 miles (499km) on a single charge, or at least what EPA ratings claim.

So, what is it like to drive? In short, not that bad: the steering is quick and responsive, the suspension is good although it doesn’t absorb bumps that well, and the driving position is said to be “fantastic”.

There are some drawbacks, too, such as the wind noise at highway speeds, low-positioned rear bench that results in uncomfortable knee bend for adults, and some visibility issues.

Contrary to previous reports that pointed out quality issues, the interior of the car appears to be well made, with plenty of suede and wood trim, leather and that gigantic 15-inch screen that controls and displays most functions.

CS promises to come back with more feedback on their Tesla Model 3 as they continue to put miles on it, but until then, let’s see what else they have to say about it in the video right below.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Our daily Tesla propaganda from this site. So routine. But judging from Tesla’s almost non-existent sales (Chevy Bolt deliveries are like 10 times the Model 3), it isnt working out to well.

    Try, try again…

  • Moveon Libtards

    It looks like a fleet car. Lol It is already aging in design and yet they are still trying to figure out how to build it!

  • Mr Hahn

    What a piece of shit. Ugly interior and basically no dashboard and a big screen slapped on the dash like it was an afterthought. This car sucks ass. Tesla stick to software,because you guys clearly have no clue and no idea how to build a car.

  • benT

    “………the suspension is good although it doesn’t absorb bumps that well……….”
    Probably good European rather than a blancmange US suspension.

    • emjayay

      I’m pretty sure CR is pretty much used to testing cars other than a 1953 Buick Roadmaster.

      • benT

        you SURE ’bout that ?

  • benT

    455,000 deposits paid pre-orders from the general public doesn’t exactly point to that but there is no doubt that many fleet cars will be Tesla 3.

  • Mr Hahn

    Teslas are crap cars for crappy people it’s like a nicer styled prius nothing more.

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