Tesla Model 3 First Impressions

Brand new Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

So I picked up the Model 3 Tesla today after the long pre-order wait and here are my first impressions of it.

PROS

  • The lower end torque is very consistent from standstill and while you are driving.
  • Acceleration is at a steady pace
  • Handling is nice and tight at sportmode
  • The dashboard is clean and minimalistic
  • Good visibility all around
  • The panoramic roof makes the care feel spacious
  • the AC from the dash cools evenly, the rear vents are very functional
  • the driver profiles are wonderful for multiple drivers
  •  The google maps based navigation is responsive, crisp, and clear
  • All the current features on the tablet console are easy to use and straightforward, there is a small learning curve customizing and programming everything
  • There is tons of storage space

CONS

  • Turning radius isn’t anywhere close to my daily driver BMW Z4
  • The door handles confuse everyone when they first encounter it
  • The manual door release you aren’t supposed to use regularly are more intuitive than the thumb door release on the handle
  • The door handle, door edge, and windows end up getting filled with fingerprints when people close your door
  • The tablet  in the middle can get distracting
  • The upholstery on the seats seem easily scratched. I don’t think I can load my bulldogs on here without them ripping it
  • The center console storage is easily scratched and retains dirt and finger prints
  • the rear view mirror is tiny and narrow
  • the heat from the panoramic glass can get bad in very hot days

Overall, the good trump the bad and this is an extremely fun and eye catching car. Make sure to check out my car for rent on Turo and Getaround if you want to test drive this car before you purchase one for yourself

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