2022 Tesla Model 3 Review
The 2022 Tesla Model 3 is an electric car that lives up to expectations with a nearly perfect balance of performance, driving range, and affordability. The Model 3 is an EV that driving fans like us can support since it is swift—especially the Performance trim—and agile.
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The mid-level Long Range trim’s outstanding driving range of 358 miles per charge negates the need to charge the Model 3 daily. The Model 3’s promise isn’t fully realized, though, and its fit and finish aren’t nearly on par with rivals like the Chevy Bolt and Ford Mustang Mach E. There isn’t a cheaper way to put one of Tesla’s ground-breaking electric vehicles in your driveway, though.
What has changed for the 2022 model?
Rear-Wheel Drive has replaced Standard Range from last year’s model, which previously used a battery pack made of nickel-cobalt-aluminum. The anticipated range for this entry-level model has risen to 272 miles despite having a less energy-dense battery pack than the previous one. This year, the anticipated driving range for the Long Range trim is slightly increased to 358 miles per charge.
Which one to buy?
Although the standard rear-wheel drive model is an excellent value, some drivers may still experience range anxiety due to its projected driving range of 272 miles.
The Long Range model, which provides an estimated 358 miles of driving per charge, is what we’d advise. Heated front seats, GPS, and Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system are all included on every Model 3.
EV Performance, Power, and Motor
The Model 3 accelerates smoothly, nearly silently, and with considerable power from a standstill, just like other EVs do. And in some cuts, it moves really quickly. The rear-wheel-drive Long Range vehicle reached 60 mph in 5.1 seconds when under acceleration. In comparison to our long-range Model 3 Long Range, the Model 3 Performance accelerates to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds, with 0.5-second time savings.
The Model 3’s battery is carried under the floor like in every other Tesla, giving it a low center of gravity. This enables it to turn sharply and feel secure and planted in bends.
With three distinct settings to change the steering effort, the steering is precise and evenly weighted. Although the ride is firm without being unpleasant, you can still hear a lot of noise within the cabin when the tires thwack and thrum over potholes in the pavement.
Battery Life, Charging, and Range
There are three different Model 3 trims available, each with a various projected driving range. With a stated range of 272 miles, the standard rear-wheel drive variant is the most economical. The anticipated range of the Variant 3 is increased to 315 miles for the Performance model and an astonishing 358 miles for the Long Range model when upgrading to those versions. Of course, traveling this far is challenging, as we discovered with our extended-Long Range Model 3 test car.
Tesla’s network of fast-charging stations known as Superchargers, adapters for DC public charging stations, 240- and 120-volt outlets, and a home charging station are all available for the Model 3.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPGe
The EPA rates the Model 3’s different variants between 113 and 141 MPGe.The test car, on the other hand, barely got 84 MPGe on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test.
Cargo, Interior, and Comfort
When we say that the Tesla Model 3 has an interior unlike any other vehicle on the market right now, we are not exaggerating. The dashboard’s mammoth touchscreen, which controls practically everything, is startlingly straightforward inside.
The low, flat floor of the Tesla gives the interior a roomy, open feeling. Adults won’t be able to spend much time in the back seats since they are too small and unpleasant, but the front seats are supportive and comfy.
The trunk may be significantly enlarged by simply splitting the 60/40 rear seats. Additionally, the seatbacks of the Model 3 may be folded flat to provide a continuous cargo floor for transporting heavier things. The Model 3 has space for 15 carry-on luggage after folding the back seats. Additionally, there are plenty of roomy nooks and bins located around the cabin.
Connectivity and Information
It’s unusual that the Model 3 doesn’t come with AM radio or SiriusXM satellite radio, but navigation, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity are all standard. There are several possibilities for online radio streaming. Additionally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto cannot be installed on it.
The Model 3 has a ton of entertainment options on its center display, including Netflix, YouTube, and a variety of arcade games, to make charging-station layovers more tolerable.
Features for Driver Assistance and Safety
The driver-assist system boasts one of the strongest feature sets in the business, with the flawless operation and amazing features like automated lane changes, even though we wonder whether the moniker Autopilot could be deceptive.
Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance
Although Tesla’s total warranty period is one of the longest in the EV market, it is frustrating that corrosion protection is not included in the guarantee. The battery and drive component warranties for the Long Range variant are extended by an extra 20,000 kilometers.
- Four years or 50,000 miles are covered under the limited warranty.
- The powertrain warranty lasts eight years or one hundred thousand kilometers.
- There is no free scheduled maintenance