The 2019 Tesla Model 3 could be a great option for anyone hoping to cut down on fuel costs. Like other Tesla models, it offers sports car-like performance without the hassle of sky-high fuel prices.
When people think of electric vehicles (EVs), they think of Tesla. However, when people think of buying used, they don’t generally consider EVs. This Tesla Model 3 performance review may just change that way of thinking.
To top it all off, we’ll even give you tips to lower your
Tesla Model 3 insurance costs.
2019 Tesla Model 3 performance review
You can’t have a
Teslatrim level called “Performance” without actually being able to live up to the name, right?
When it first appeared on the market, the 2019 Tesla Model 3 started at $36,200 for the base-level Standard Range trim. Moving up from there, we have the Standard Range Plus (this was called the Mid Range at first) at $41,190, the Long Range at $45,700, and finally, the Performance, coming in at $58,190.
But that was then. Nowadays, you might think you can pick up a 2019 Tesla Model 3 for a bargain. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Today, 2019 Tesla Model 3s sell for pretty much the same—if not a little more. This is thanks in part to today’s super-inflated used car market. Also, Teslas seem nearly immune to depreciation.
Not only do
Teslas hold their value better than most other EVs, but they also hold their value better than most gas-powered cars, as well.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the specs that continue to help the Model 3 outperform the competition.
Powertrain options and handling
The Model 3 has three powertrain options, depending on which trim you select.
- The Standard Range and Standard Range Plus both feature a single 258-horsepower electric motor and rear-wheel drive.
- Long Range models are equipped with dual 346-horsepower motors powering all four wheels.
- Performance models get a pair of 450-horsepower electric motors powering all four wheels.
All Model 3s feature a single-speed automatic transmission that delivers maximum torque from the moment you touch the accelerator. This is what makes it possible for EVs to rip off those mind-bending 0-to-60 times.
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Acceleration, 0 to 60, and top speed
You can drive the Model 3 just like any other car on the road. Or, you can drive it fast—really, really fast.
Acceleration is immediate, smooth, and almost silent with every Model 3 powertrain. However, each is a little faster than the last. Let’s see how some of the 2019 Model 3’s 0-to-60 times compare with one another:
- Standard Range Plus: 5.6 seconds
- Long Range: 4.4 seconds
- Performance: 3.2 seconds
In the lower trims, top speeds range from 130 mph to 145 mph, but Tesla reports the top speed for the Performance model to be 162 mph.
Let’s see how this compares to some of the fastest gas-power luxury cars on the market for 2019:
- 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ: 0-to-60 time of 2.5 seconds; top speed of 216 mph
- 2019 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray: 0-to-60 time of 2.8 seconds; top speed of 212 mph
- 2019 McLaren Senna: 0-to-60 time of 2.9 seconds; top speed of 208 mph
The Performance Model 3 may be just a touch slower than these beasts, but it’s much more than a touch cheaper than any of them.
Fuel economy and range
We bet you’d never guess, but the Long Range trim offers the longest range of any Model 3 at 322 miles. The Standard Range starts at 250 miles, with the Standard Range Plus adding 22 miles of range for 272 miles total. The Performance trim offers 310 miles of range.
The Model 3 has seemingly countless options for charging:
- Massive Tesla Supercharger network
- Available adapters for DC public-charging stations and 240-volt and 120-volt outlets
- Home-charging station
The point is you should never be without at least some juice. Charging speeds increase as you move up the trim ladder, so if you think you’ll be using up your range more often, you may consider that in your purchase.
Model 3 variants receive EPA ratings between 116 and 133 MPGe, but we will note that Tesla still had a wrinkle to iron out in the 2019 model’s system. Highway speeds sap battery range much more quickly than the predicted ratings. Certainly not quick enough to leave you stranded, but quick enough to bring that 116 MPGe rating down to a comparably-paltry 84 MPGe.
Teslas are nothing if not technologically advanced. If laptops could also be racecars, they’d be Teslas.
In early iterations, critics derided the Model 3 for its stark interior. Other than a monolith of a monitor, there is nothing—literally nothing—on the dash. The interior hasn’t really changed, but what some used to belittle as spartan is now looked at as refreshing, futuristic, and escapist—in a good way.
But make no mistake, that sparse interior is hiding a ton of tech. Tesla starts with basic creature comforts, like heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and Bluetooth smartphone integration, that are all navigated through that monolithic 15-inch touchscreen.
Speaking of navigation, this is integrated into your touchscreen as well, along with sign recognition and a host of infotainment options that, paradoxically, do not include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. What is included is a massive suite of driver safety aids called “Autopilot” (not to be confused with any self-driving features Tesla may include on other vehicles).
While they won’t drive your car for you, the Autopilot safety features did help the 2019 Model 3 earn a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a perfect five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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