It’s been a long time coming for Tesla fans who’ve been counting the days since Tesla opened up pre-orders for the Model 3 in early 2016, but the wait is over. Tesla has delivered the first Model 3 sedans to consumers and production is now rapidly accelerating towards full-swing. That’s good news for those who pre-ordered their cars early, but the good news for everyone is that we finally have the answers we’ve all been waiting for — and some impressions from behind the wheel, too.
Pricing and performance
Tesla’s Model 3 will start at $35,000. That’s before federal or state incentives, which could subtract thousands more from the price of the car. Its formal range is 220 miles, but those wanting more can step up to the Long Range edition. That adds $9,000 to the price and 90 miles to the tank, meaning you’re starting at $44,000 if you want to go 310 miles on a charge.
Elon Musk had originally said there would be few configurations of the Model 3 available initially, and indeed there are, with only the Long Range car available at launch. Buyers will have a choice of six colors — black is standard, but there are two silvers, a blue, a red and a white if you’re willing to spend $1,000 more. You can then spend an extra $1,500 for 19-inch wheels and pay a further $5,000 for the Premium Upgrades package, which includes power-adjustable and heated seats, a better sound system, LED lighting and a tinted glass roof — which you’re probably going to want if you plan to drive anywhere the sun rises.
But you’re not done yet. Tesla’s Autopilot, which allows for advanced driver assistance on the highway and well-marked back roads, will set you back $5,000. If you want to roll the dice and add the extra sensors to enable future full autonomy when Tesla finishes developing it, that’ll be another $3,000.
All told, if you tick all the boxes you come in at $59,500. That’s about $10,000 cheaper than the most affordable Model S that is currently available, the the 249-mile Model S 75. I’d still call that a very good deal for what you get, though not quite the value proposition of that $35,000 starter edition.
The Model 3 will accelerate to 60 in 5.6 seconds by default and whirr its way up to a…