The One Thing All Generations Love: The 2021 Tesla Model 3
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You don't need to browse social media for long to find the fierce rivalry between generations. Despite all the name-calling, everyone can agree on one thing: they love Tesla.
This shouldn't be a major surprise, as the Palo Alto carmaker is not only one of the most innovative, but Tesla also contributes to the economy more than other carmakers in the U.S.
The cross-generational appreciation for Tesla comes from a study by Consumer Reports. Specifically, generations love the Tesla Model 3 more than other vehicles from 2021.
The features people love in the 2021 Tesla Model 3
There is a lot to like about the 2021 Tesla Model 3. So much so that it made the Car and Driver "Editors' Choice List."
One feature people love is the Model 3’s all-glass roof. It's hard to feel claustrophobic or constrained in the vehicle with its transparent ceiling.
With EVs, customers tend to care more about range than anything else, and the Tesla Model 3 delivers on this front. The standard Model 3 can cover 263 miles, and a more expensive version of the vehicle can cover 353 miles.
Customers and critics have also praised the Model 3's performance. First-time drivers are often shocked by its acceleration capabilities. This EV can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, as reported by Car and Driver.
Tesla engineers also placed the heavy battery under the floor to create a low center of gravity. In doing so, the Model 3 can change direction with ease while maintaining excellent traction.
If you've never ridden in a Model 3, there’s a hidden surprise for you. As the engine is electric, it’s virtually noiseless compared to traditional gas-powered engines. Because of the silence, drivers can hear the tires making contact with the pavement like never before.
It's an entirely new experience, which makes it loved by all generations.
How consumers ranked their Tesla Model 3
In making this evaluation, Consumer Reports asked customers the same question that they do for every product they review, "Would you buy this product again?"
Model 3 owners overwhelmingly said yes. Consumer Reports asked customers to grade other criteria such as driving experience, comfort, value, styling, and audio controls.
Every single generation proclaimed that the Model 3 was their favorite car, with one exception. Baby Boomers said the Kia Telluride was their favorite, but the Model 3 was their second favorite.
Other notable cars
The Kia Telluride performed quite well in the cross-generational survey. It was ranked second-best by Generation X. However, the Telluride went unranked amongst GenZ, Millennials, and the Silent Generation.
This may be because this SUV is better suited for large families, so it makes sense that it would be more popular for drivers who have kids at home.
There is one other noteworthy trend from the Consumer Reports survey. Younger people love Subarus. GenZ and Millennials said three out of five of their favorite cars are made by Subaru. One Subaru made the list for Generation X, but its popularity started to drop off after that.
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