The Model 3 is Tesla's newest addition in Canada, a compact sedan that becomes the high-profile brand's least-expensive offering for the 2019 model year.
Model 3 trims are based on driving range. A Standard Range model is limited to 151 km, a number that jumps to 386 km in the Standard Range Plus version. A Mid Range trim goes 425 km and the Long Range trim promises 499 km.
Standard Range models come with rear-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, navigation, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, glass roof, heated, auto-dimming and and power-folding side mirrors, and satellite radio. Power output is 258 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque.
Standard Range Plus adds a Partial Premium interior that boasts heated 12-way power front seats, premium seat upholstery, navigation, a centre console with storage, four USB ports and docking stations for two smartphones.
Mid Range and Long Range trims add a Premium interior with heated rear seats, 14-speaker stereo, satellite view maps, in-car music and media streaming, Internet browser and LED fog lights.
Tesla offers the Model 3 with AWD, and cars so equipped can also be had with a Performance Package.
A self-driving option adds autonomous highway driving, automated parking and a summon function that will bring the car to you in a parking lot.
Tesla estimates the Model 3's energy consumption at 1.7/1.9 Le/100 km (city/highway) for Standard, Standard Plus and Long Range models. The Mid Range trim is rated for 1.8/2.0 Le/100 km, and the AWD and Performance versions' estimates are 2.0/2.1 Le/100 km.
If you're more concerned with driving range than sporty driving feel, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus lines up against cars like the Kia Niro EV, Hyundai Kona Electric, Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed