2021 Tesla Model 3 Electric Performance

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2021 Tesla Model 3 Electric Sedan Performance, 0-60, Top Speed And MPG

Updated on: May 20, 2021

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For the model year 2021, Tesla gives its entry-level Model 3 a handful of updates. There are changes to the exterior styling elements while the cabin has also been slightly redesigned. There are, however, no changes in the performance of the 2021 Tesla Model 3.

2021 Tesla Model 3 

So you get the same dual-motor setup powering the rear two or all four wheels of this compact electric sedan. Although, the range of both Standard Range Plus and Long Range models has gone up by 13 and 31 miles respectively. Prices of the 2021 Tesla Model 3 start at $39,190 and go all the way up to $56,190 for its top-spec Performace trim.

"As with most EVs, the Model 3 gains speed smoothly and almost silently, with the electric motor providing strong power from a stop. And it's fast-extremely so in some trims." - Car And Driver

2021 Tesla Model 3 Engine: Power, Torque, and Transmission Options

The 2021 Tesla Model 3 is powered by an electric engine that impresses the customers with the power of 258HP. Along with the impressive horsepower, the sedan also provides a torque of 371lb-ft. The base trim "Standard Range Plus” comes with an RWD drivetrain while the other two trims are available for the customers with an AWD drivetrain.

2021 Tesla Model 3 continues with its dual motor setup

The single-speed direct-drive transmission provides the engine with flawlessness which is better than the usual mechanical gear-shifting box. The AWD of the 2021 Tesla Model 3 is different from the usual AWD as it consists of two different motors for the front and rear end. This dual-motor system makes it more efficient to control torque, traction, and better handling of the vehicle.

Models

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2020 Hyundai Ioniq

MSRP

$37,990

$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

The engine performance of the 2021 Tesla Model 3 easily belittles other electric sedans in the segment. The difference between the power generation of Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq is more than 100HP and it shows the dominance of Tesla in the department. Even the second-best Kia Niro EV stands more than half-century behind the winner Tesla in the engine power area.


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2021 Tesla Model 3 Acceleration: 0-60 MPH, Quarter Mile Times, and Top Speed

Setting a benchmark with its performance generating electric engines, Tesla stands way above others in the segment. The base trim "Standard Range Plus" takes just 5.3 seconds to reach the standard 0-60MPH. The most impressive feat is the acceleration of the top-end trim ‘Performance’ as it achieves the abnormal with just 3.2 seconds to reach 0-60MPH.

2021 Tesla Model 3  accelerate 0-60 mph

The low curb weight of the sedan makes it easier for it to show this kind of acceleration for an electric vehicle. The base range of the 2021 Tesla Model 3 is 263 miles. With an astonishing top speed of 140MPH for its base trim, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 serves all the important requirements in the performance department.

Models

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2020 Hyundai Ioniq

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

Just like in the power and torque department, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 easily decimates other sedans in the 0-60 mph sprints and quarter-mile drags. Even its top speed of 140MPH is the fastest of the lot in a niche where all other sedans on the table fall close to 100MPH only. Clearly, the extra money you pay for the Model 3 shows in its performance.

2021 Tesla Model 3 Brakes: F/R Rotor Dimensions and Stopping Distance

The 18” inch wheels provided with the sedan help in keeping the traction in control which later leads to a better braking system. The 2021 Tesla Model 3 is loaded with two different options for the customers to choose the braking. The regenerative braking system provided in the sedan gives the option of standard and low braking.

2021 Tesla Model 3  brake rotor

The standard regenerative braking works strongly and stops the vehicle quickly while the low mode comes in handy on slippery terrains to avoid any kind of skidding. The sedan comes fixed with 12,6” inch front brake rotors and 13.2” inch rear brake rotors to keep the sedan in control as soon as the driver presses the brakes.

Models

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2020 Hyundai Ioniq

Brake Rotor: Front (in)

12.6

11.0

N/A

11.2

Brake Rotor: Front (in)

13.2

10.3

N/A

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3554

3687

3563

3164

60-0 MPH (ft)

119

132

132

152

With more than a minimum difference of 10 ft, the braking system of the 2021 Tesla Model 3 stands on top with only 119 ft to reach 60-0MPH. The second on the list is Kia Niro EV as it takes around 132 ft to reach the standard 60-0MPH. Like every other department, Hyundai Ioniq fails to impress here too.

"In the curves, the Model 3 is remarkably poised. Not BMW 3-Series poised, but darn close to it." - KBB

2021 Tesla Model 3 Ride and Handling

The 2021 Tesla Model 3 comes equipped with a variety of handling and driving options for the driver to customize the drive accordingly. The electric engine with the single-speed transmission makes things smooth and quicker which makes it easier for the driver to enjoy the ride. The two options are available for the acceleration i.e chill and standard work accordingly. The chill mode helps the driver to keep the acceleration in a relaxed mode while the standard option is much more fast and responsive. Similarly, the sedan also provides three different modes for the steering wheel.

2021 Tesla Model 3 driving wallpaper

The three modes available are comfort, standard, and sport. All three modes make changes to the handling of steering and controlling of the car. The quick responsive steering and acceleration make the sedan a comfortable drive even on long journeys. The sedan works smoothly on city roads and suits best for a daily drive across the city. The autopilot option available for the customers helps the driver to even relax while the autopilot mode takes over the control of the whole sedan and drives it. This system comes in handy during long journeys to relax a bit while the car drives itself.

2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance Verdict

The undisputed dominance of the 2021 Tesla Model 3 in the overall engine department forces us to look at the sedan directly. No other vehicle on the table comes close to giving a strong competition as they all fail to come even close to the statistics provided by Tesla.

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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.

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9/10
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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.

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10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
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4/10
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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
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