2018 Tesla Model 3

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Tesla’s first electric car for the masses

Say what you will about Tesla – the company’s ambition is undeniable. Founded in 2003, the California-based electric carmaker set out with the goal of overturning the auto industry status quo and hastening “the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” To that end, Tesla’s latest play (and arguably its more important) is called the Model 3. Framed as a more affordable alternative to the highly successful Model S full-size sedan and Model X SUV, there’s no shortage of excitement behind the more compact 3, and now, after countless rumors and practically unending speculation, the veil has been lifted. Following a massive live streaming event celebrating the handover of the first Model 3’s off the production line, it was revealed that buyers get two trim levels to pick from, with as much as 310 miles per charge and a 0-to-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds for the range-topper.

But, as you might expect, there’s a whole lotta footnotes that go along with the above-mentioned specs. For starters, actually getting a Model 3 into your driveway is no simple endeavor. Following a brief pre-production reveal in April of 2016, an estimated 400,000 people plunked down $1,000 for a pre-order, and that means if you don’t have a spot in line, it’s gonna be a while. Then there’s the list of ultra-pricey extras that add significant weight to the bottom line. Simply put, the question remains – does the Model 3 live up to the hype? Read on to find out.

Updated 08/23/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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Latest Tesla Model 3 news and reviews:

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This is What You Don’t Get in the Cheapest, $35,000 2020 Tesla Model 3

The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 leaves a great deal to be desired
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Novitec’s Take on the Tesla Model 3 Is a Song of Carbon Fiber

The German tuner went further and even concocted a couple of mechanical tweaks
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Someone Caught the Rare and Elusive Tesla Pickup on Video!

Do you think Musk would actually let the product roam around in the open after creating years of hype?
Nomad Tesla Model 3 Wireless Phone Charger

Nomad Tesla Model 3 Wireless Phone Charger

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Can I buy the long-awaited Tesla $35.000 Model 3? Good question!

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The first ever Tesla pickup truck is here and it’s not what you expected

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Does Tesla Autopilot make driving significantly safer?

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Will Panasonic save Tesla Model Y production from the battery cell shortage foreseen by Gigafactory 1?

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Europeans can buy a tow hitch for their Tesla Model 3 at about $1,262

The new feature can be installed only before vehicle delivery. Seriously?
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In response to Canada’s federal EV incentive price cap, Tesla offers a new Model 3 with a range of 150 km.

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Is a Tesla Model 3 Performance faster around a track than a BMW M3?

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Tesla’s Full Self Driving Option is Now More Expensive

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Ride Hailing, LIDAR, Life Span, And Self-Driving Tech - Tesla Has it All Figured Out

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Stop Worrying About Battery Life If You Own a Tesla Model 3

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Randy Pobst Takes the 2019 Tesla Model 3 to the Track; How Does it Perform?

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Tesla Adds a New Advanced Tailgater Feature to Autopilot Self-Driving System

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Donut Media Goes Deep With Tesla: Video

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Tesla Postponed Price Hikes Because of Overwhelming Number of Last Minute Orders

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Visual Comparison: 2020 Tesla Model Y vs. 2019 Tesla Model 3

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Tesla Shares Plummet Despite Record-Breaking Production

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Here’s How a Simple Security Oversight Brings Hell To 2019 Tesla Model 3 Owners

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What We Can Expect From Tesla in 2019 - Tesla Model Y, AutoPilot, and More

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Watch How Tesla Builds the 2019 Model 3 in 48 Seconds

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If You Have Ordered or Will Order a 2019 Tesla Model 3, Here are the Quality Issues You Can Expect

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Someone Hacked the Tesla Model 3 To Run YouTube and Ubuntu Linux

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Tesla Releases an Update to Address Model 3 Cold Weather Issues but It’s the Laziest Fix Ever

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Check Out This Cool Tesla Model 3 Key Fob

Time to get rid of the hotel-type keycards
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Someone Should Let Elon Musk Know that The Tesla Model 3 Has Some Serious Winter Issues

Tweeting the issue his way might help
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Tesla Launches "Track Mode," Turns Model 3 Into Drift Machine

This is how it works
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Tesla Summon - Your Solution to Two Hour Parking Laws

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Help your Tesla Model 3 stand out with RevoZport widebody kit

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The Range-Topping Tesla Model 3 Now Comes Standard with the Performance Upgrade

Will this be a limited-period offer?
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You Can Now Browse Tesla’s Parts Catalog for the Model 3, Model S, Model X, Roadster, and Even OEM Tools

This is just the beginning
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"Dog Mode" Will Turn Your Tesla into your Dog’s Best Friend

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Tesla Offers New Mid Range Model 3 To Tempt EV Buyers, But Base Trim Buyers Might Be Out Of Luck

The Fed Tax Credit is going away, so what’s it mean for all those reservations?
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Tesla Claims Model 3 Achieves "Lowest Probability of Injury" Ever Tested by NHTSA

NHTSA refutes the claim, however
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Tesla Updates Autopilot with "Mad Max" Mode for Assertive Overtaking

Let the autopilot do it for you, like a road warrior!
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Tesla Model 3 Sells Like Crazy, Leaves Hyundai, Nissan in the Dust

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Elon Musk Accused of Fraud, SEC Sues to Remove Him from Tesla

This man cannot catch a break!!
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NHTSA Gives the 2019 Tesla Model 3 a Five-Star Safety Rating

Good going, Tesla
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Tesla Can’t Get the Model 3 Right, but Elon Musk Says a $25,000 EV is Only Three Years Away

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Latest Videos:

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Tesla Model 3 Loses Bumper After Driving in the Rain

More build issues for the 3?
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Tesla Haters Go Crazy Over Model 3 Stockpile

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Tesla Built 7,000 Cars in Seven Days, Including 5,000 Model 3s

Better late than never, right, Elon Musk?
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Elon Musk Says the Tesla Model 3 Could Eventually Sell for $28.000; Lease Options Coming in 6 - 9 Months

Won’t happen before 2019 though
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After Posting Record-Setting Reservations for the Model 3, Tesla’s Now Facing a Massive Refund Exodus From Customers

Lingering production delays are the biggest reason behind the big volume of refunds
An Over-The-Air Update Was All it Took For The Tesla Model 3 To Get Consumer Reports' Approval

An Over-The-Air Update Was All it Took For The Tesla Model 3 To Get Consumer Reports’ Approval

Well, that didn’t take long, did it?

Latest Wallpapers:

Tesla Model 3 Firmware Update on the Way; Should Drastically Improve Braking Performance

Tesla Model 3 Firmware Update on the Way; Should Drastically Improve Braking Performance

Update comes as a response to criticism from Consumer Reports
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Tesla Will Soon Offer Original Model 3 Debut Wheels as an Upgrade

They never made it to the production… until now!
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Video of the Day: Top Gear Plays with the Tesla Model 3

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Pops’ Rants: Tesla Should Change its Name to "Fix It Again Elon"

Leave Tony alone, Fiats are actually nice nowadays
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Elon Musk Admits Tesla Model 3 Has Braking Issues, Promises Update to Fix It

CR says it will run another test
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Consumer Reports Claims that the Tesla Model 3 Has Big Flaws

Other outlets found issues too
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Elon Musk to Take On BMW M3 With a High-Performance, AWD, Tesla Model 3

Musk aims to open a can of whoop ass on the Germans
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History Keeps Repeating Itself as Elon Musk Suspends Tesla Model 3 Production Yet Again

Turns out that humans really are underrated
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Pops’ Rants: All This Hype about Tesla Outselling German Luxury Cars in Europe Is Misleading

Check these facts!