2021 Tesla Model 3 Electric

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Updated on: June 11, 2021

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For the year 2021, Tesla gives its Model 3 sedan exterior and interior design refreshes, more standard features, and improved range for both Standard Range Plus and Long Range models. Prices of the 2021 Tesla Model 3 start at an MSRP of $39,190, including destination charges.

This in comparison to its rivals, Kia Niro EV priced at $39,090Hyundai Ioniq costing $33,045, and Chevrolet Bolt EV having an MSRP of $37,495, is somewhat expensive. But the level of performance, features, and range offered by the Model 3 makes it a much more value for money buy than those other compact electric vehicles.

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Pros

Tesla Performance at a lucrative price

Impressive set of features and gizmos

Mammoth supercharger network

Cons

Long term reliability still a concern

What's New?

Increased range on Standard Range Plus and Long Range models

Center console now features 2 wireless charging pads

New exterior and interior trims and finishes, and 3 new wheel designs


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39990

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

140 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

258 hp

torque

317 lb.-ft.

transmission

6-speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/13.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113.2 in.

length

184.8 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

56.8 in.

curb weight

3648 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97 cu ft.

cargo volume

84.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1595 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

13.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

176 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr./100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 100000 mi.


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Trims

Standard Plus $39,990 onwards

258 hp | Electric | electric

  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cabin overheat protection
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Long Range $48,990 onwards

281 hp @ 5800 rpm | Electric | electric

  • Beats Audio Premium Sound System
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Rear Seats

Performance $56,990 onwards

293 hp @ 6400 rpm | Electric | electric

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Satellite-view maps
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Colors and Styles

2021 Tesla Model 3 electric in Lunar Silver Metallic color
Lunar Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.9

Engine And Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

9.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.5

Competition

8.1

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


"The Tesla Model 3 is a game-changing electric vehicle. With its generous range at a price that's more accessible to the average consumer, the Model 3 also offers well-rounded performance, too." - MotorTrend

The Model 3 will come in 3 trims priced between $37,990 and $54,990, not including destination charges. Each trim can be equipped with Tesla’s proprietary Autopilot technology which costs $10,000, an increase of $2,000 in comparison to before. Due to the lack of worthy competition, the Tesla Model 3 has enjoyed a favorable position in the market since its launch. It has, to date, not been tested by J.D. Power for reliability, but the NHTSA gives it a full 5-star score for safety.

2021 Tesla model 3 electric sedan front view
2021 Tesla model 3 electric sedan rear view

8.9/10
Pricing and Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

9.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety

8.1/10
Competition


2021 Tesla Model 3 electric Pricing and Features

8.9/10

Tesla has made many upgrades to the 2021 Model 3, like black satin chrome trim inside-out, three new wheel designs, redesigned center console, and improved range on its base and mid-tier trims. But for the year 2021, the Model 3 will be sold in the same 3 trims as before; Standard Range Plus, Long Range, and Performance.

The Standard Range Plus trim is the base trim starting at $37,990. It has an RWD setup and is capable of reaching 140 mph. It used to have a range of 250 miles but is now up to 263. Despite being the slowest of the 3 trims, it reaches 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.3 seconds. The Long Range trim is the middle trim and is the least expensive trim which offers an AWD setup.

Model

Standard Range Plus

Long Range

Performance

MSRP (RWD)

$39,990

N/A

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$48,990

$56,990

Key Features

Claimed Range of 263 miles

Features of the Standard Range Plus trim as standard and additional features such as-

Features of the Long Range trim as standard and additional features such as-

 

12-way Power-adjustable heated front seats

Claimed Range of 353 miles

Range of 299 miles

 

Upgraded Audio-immersive sound

18” Aero Wheels

Faster acceleration and more power with the optional performance upgrade

 

Premium Connectivity(30 days included)

Heated front and rear seats

Power folding, heated side mirrors

 

Custom Driver profiles

Premium audio-14 speakers,1 subwoofer, 2 amps, and an immersive sound

Lower stance

 

Center Console with Storage

LED fog lamps

20" performance wheels

 

4 USB ports and docking for 2 smartphones

Music and media over Bluetooth

 
 

Tinted Glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection

Premium Connectivity(1 year included)

 
 

Power Folding, heated side mirrors

Custom driver profiles

 

In looks, it is similar to the base Standard Range Plus but now offers a claimed range of 353 miles. Finally, the Performance trim is the best of the bunch. Costing $54,990, it gets massive performance boosts, a lower stance, exterior add-ons like a carbon fiber spoiler, and 20” performance wheels. Sadly, its range remains unaltered.


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2021 Tesla Model 3 electric Buying Advice

If you're looking for the most valuable purchase, in our opinion, the Long Range variant of the Model 3 is its best. While its total range of 353 miles is class-leading, its performance numbers are also off the charts. With its standard AWD setup, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range gives you the best of all worlds.

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2021 Tesla Model 3 electric Engine and Performance

8.3/10

"The 2021 Tesla Model 3 is a blast to drive. Acceleration comes instantly, and its responsive steering and low center of gravity help it whip around turns." - Cars.USNews.Com

Among electric cars of its class, the Model 3 has an unusual advantage. When it comes to performance numbers, Tesla's dual permanent magnet motor setup gives it superior acceleration as well as top speeds of up to 162 mph. Even if we consider the cheapest trim of the Model 3, the Standard Range Plus, the other cars in the class will have a hard time competing with its 140 mph top speed.

Models

2021 Tesla Model 3

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq

MSRP

$36,990

$39,090

$37,495

$33,045

Engine

Electric 

Electric

Permanent Magnet Drive Motor

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Power

258hp@N/A

201hp@N/A

200hp@N/A

134hp@N/A

Torque

317lb-ft@N/A

291lb-ft@N/A

266lb-ft@N/A

218lb-ft@N/A

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.3

6.7

6.5

9.9

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.3

14.8

14.9

17.4

Top Speed (MPH)

140

104

93

103

Its 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds is also at least 1.2 seconds quicker than the second in line Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Hyundai Ioniq, which finishes last, is 4.6 seconds slower in comparison. When at its best, the Model 3 Performance accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds.

Doesn't matter which parameter we judge, the Model 3 takes the lead. It manages the maximum top speed, has the quickest acceleration, and also exhibits the best braking performance. Of the known outputs and prices of competitors, the performance offered by Chevrolet Bolt EV makes it the second-best buy here.


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2021 Tesla Model 3 electric Fuel Economy

9.5/10

We were hopeful that Tesla was planning to upgrade the battery in the Model 3 to further increase range. But the carmaker has achieved the latter without doing the former. Now, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus offers a maximum driving range of 263 miles, which is up by 13 miles in comparison to before.

Models

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2020 Hyundai Ioniq

MPGE (City)

148

123

128

129

MPGE (Highway)

132

102

110

106

MPGE (Combined)

141

112

119

118

Range

263 miles

239 miles`

259 miles

153 miles

Its rivals such as the Kia Niro EV and Chevrolet Bolt did offer a better range of 259 miles but are now behind the Model 3 Standard Range Plus. Even the mid-tier Long Range model now offers a claimed driving range of 353 miles. That is an improvement of 31 miles in comparison to last year. Sadly, the Performance variant doesn't get the same benefit.


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2021 Tesla Model 3 electric Interior

8.0/10

"Rather than using electric wires to create a heating system, Tesla employs an ingenious heat pump that works similar to how a freezer operates, but in reverse. Instead of trapping cold air inside the unit while expelling heat from coils on the outside, the refrigerant is reversed, sending hot air into the cabin." - KBB

Of all the changes happening in and around the 2021 Tesla Model 3, its interior exhibits most of them. Right from the moment you step in, you'll notice the door-sill protectors now adorn a black satin trim. If you take the driver's seat, the infotainment scroll buttons on the steering wheel now have a metallic finish. Right next to it, the center console now has space for 2 wireless smartphone charging pads.

Other changes include seat-adjustment controls coated in graphite paint and magnetic sun visors. Sitting in the driver’s seat, one can easily view in all directions. This is further assisted by the car’s autopilot feature. While the color choices might feel too simple, the cabin is flushed with impressive features like 12-way power-adjustable seats, premium audio, and an eye-catching wood trim finish makes the cabin feel rather luxurious. 

Models

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2020 Hyundai Ioniq

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.3/56.3/42.7

40.1/56.0/41.7

39.7/54.6/41.6

39.1/56.1/42.2

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.7/54.0/35.2

37.7/55.1/36.0

37.9/52.8/36.5

37.4/55.0/35.7

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

15.0

19.4

16.9

23.0

But passenger and cargo space on the Model 3 is average for the class. Here, the ones holding the podium are the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Ioniq. Not only are there respective 19.4 cu-ft and 23.0 cu-ft boot biggest in the segment, but they also offer plenty of space to passengers. Still, the infotainment system is one of the main attractions of the Tesla Model 3.

The giant 15-inch infotainment system in the middle of the center console area is the only medium you get to interact with the car, other than some buttons on the steering wheel. The Tesla App can also be used to do the same. For sound, the Model 3 is equipped with 14 speakers, 1 subwoofer, and 2 amps as a part of its “premium audio”. Phone connectivity is still through bluetooth, with no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay in sight.


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2021 Tesla Model 3 electric Exterior

8.0/10

"The smooth arc of the roodline tapers a bit at the sides, and it's a slippery shape-accented by door handles that sit flush to the body." - The Car Connection

Tesla has managed to develop a rather attractive design signature for its cars. While seeming easy on the eyes, the Model 3 looks rather futuristic. The obvious curves, the lack of a front grille, and unmistakable LED DRLs complete the look for any Tesla.

Although, while sharing these characteristics with other Teslas, the Model 3 manages to maintain an identity of its own. This design language is carried forward in the Tesla Model Y, which is remarkably similar to the Model 3. To keep things fresh for 2021, the Model 3 comes with black satin exterior trim and three new wheel designs.

Models

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2020 Hyundai Ioniq

Curb Weight

3554 lbs

3854 lbs

3563 lbs

3371 lbs

Length

184.8"

172.2"

164.0"

176.0"

Width

72.8"

71.1"

69.5"

71.1"

Height

56.8"

61.8"

62.8"

58.1"

Ground Clearance

5.5"

6.3"

N/A

5.9"

Wheelbase

113.2"

106.3"

102.4"

106.3"

Among its rivals, none are quite as good-looking as the Tesla Model 3, and a lot has to do with its dimensions. Its lower height of 56.8 inches and the 113.2-inch long wheelbase not only improve form but also driving dynamics. Although its 5.5-inch ground clearance implies that harsh bumps and uneven roads could cause some trouble.


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2021 Tesla Model 3 electric Safety

8.5/10

Safety is by far Tesla’s biggest selling point. The collection of sensors, cameras, and radars surrounding the car, in accordance with the Autopilot feature, makes sure that the occupants of the cabin remain perfectly safe. However, there are no updates this time around in terms of safety.

But considering how the Model 3 already comes fully decked with top-of-the-line Tesla autonomous driving technology, we're not complaining. Its Autopilot takes care of many driving hassles. It can also monitor the road and drive the car itself while you relax behind the wheel.


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2021 Tesla Model 3 electric Competition

8.1/10

2021 Tesla Model 3 vs Kia Niro EV

The only card the Kia Niro can play against the Tesla Model 3 is its price. The Niro is a good car for the price, but the sheer lack in performance, the absence of top-grade safety and luxury features, and a rather unimpressive exterior design makes us want to recommend Model 3 even more.

Kia Niro EV

2021 Tesla Model 3 vs Chevrolet Bolt EV

Even the Bolt has only one thing going for it, price. The Model 3 does have far better performance and features, but if the only price was concerned, the Chevrolet Bolt is a decent buy. However, the premium which the Model 3 charges isn't only for performance, but additional features that elevate the whole experience.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Tesla Model 3 electric Final Verdict

The Model 3 is a gateway to affordable yet luxury electric cars. The revolution that Tesla started with the Model S has now reached even more homes through the Model 3 for half the price but with all the performance and features that one can expect. The Model 3 truly advances the march for an electric future ahead.

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2021 Tesla Model 3 Consumer Reviews and Ratings

8.2

based on 57 ratings


8.4/10 Features
8.2/10 Interiors
8.4/10 Design
8.6/10 Safety
8.3/10 Reliability
8.0/10 Deal Value

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Delila

2021 Tesla Model 3 electric

Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 11, 2021

High tech features

Pros - "Long driving range Brisk acceleration and sharp handling Many high-tech features"

Cons - "Distracting infotainment controls Rear seats can feel cramped"

Brisk acceleration The most interesting feature in this Tesla is that when on Auto Pilot mode you can watch a Netflix movie and can also play games on the large infotainment screen. David made it so straightforward on every aspect of this new lease that he was wonderful David made it one of the most easy and stress free auto purchase experiences I have ever had.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
5/10
Dealer Review

GG

Gary L. Gall

2021 Tesla Model 3 electric

Standard Range Plus 4dr Sedan (electric DD)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 26, 2021

The mini bomb

Pros - "Lightning-fast acceleration and adept handling Cutting-edge technology"

Cons - No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

electric My Model 3 is fantastic. It's the best car I've ever driven and my dream car. I look forward to driving this car every day and will never hesitate to tell others about its advantages and Tesla's overall goal. I will never consider buying something from here. There have been three new repair supervisors and ongoing problems since I purchased my car five months ago. The salesperson was clearly inexperienced, and she seemed to be under a lot of tension and worry.

9/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
4/10
Dealer Review

BB

Bonnie

2021 Tesla Model 3 electric

Long Range 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 26, 2021

Fantastic Beast

Pros - "Insane acceleration and athletic handling World-class electric driving range"

Cons - "Some build quality issues High list prices"

fusion of design and style It will satisfy all, or almost all, of your requirements. It's great not to have to go to the gas station any more. In most situations, the car reacts faster than any other vehicle you've driven. Electric vehicles are the way of the future. Chris, our dealer, was awesome. I'd certainly buy another car from him, and I'll recommend him to everyone! Throughout the process, he was courteous and polite. It's a shame there aren't more people like him!

10/10
Features
8/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

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fusion at best

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New age affodable electric!

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