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Model 3 Top Features

The Model 3 is Tesla’s newest creation.  Here are the top features available or soon to be available on the the Model 3.  Updated: 4-Mar-18


Hot Features


All ElectricDelivers economical, quiet, gas-free driving
Aluminum Body PartsLightweight aluminum used for some body parts, unheard of at this price point.
Excellent stylingFresh design avoids looking strange just to be different
Glass CockpitHigh-resolution 15″ instrument/control panel touch screen
Great HandlingLow center of gravity and clever design make for great handling
Smooth RideOptional dynamic air-suspension soaks up the bumps in the road (available in late 2018)
AccelerationHigh-acceleration without lag, 0-60 in 5.6 seconds with base model and 5.1 seconds with the 310 mile range battery.
Safety8-air bags, traction control, expected 5-star safety rating in every category, blind spot detection, emergency braking, collision avoidance, low center of gravity
Comfortable interiorFlat rear floor without humps makes for a open airy interior
Supercharging CapableGet 130 miles of range in just 30 minutes with base model, and 170 miles of range in 30 minutes with 310 mile range battery.
Automatic BrakesParking brake is automatically set when in Park; Automatic braking for collision reduction/avoidance
5 AdultsComfortable seating for 5 adults
Large cargo capacityAmple rear trunk space expands with fold-down seats plus additional front trunk. Cargo space 15 cubic feet with rear seats up.
HOA AccessIn select states, such as California, electric vehicles with solo drivers can get access to HOA carpool lanes with an access permit
Active Cruise ControlFollows cars in front at a safe distance and will use braking if needed to come to a complete stop
Auto Pilot HardwareSelf steering, Self-parking, Summoning and collision avoidance, when enabled in software; capable of FSD in the future with additional purchase.
AWDAll-wheel drive offers increased traction and stability in poor weather conditions (available in mid-2018)
Roof GlassWindshield runs from base to rear trunk lid (with Premium package)
Latch AttachmentsFour LATCH child seat attachments – three in the second row (2 normal child seats or 3 narrow seats)
CupholdersFront seats get 2 cupholders and rear row has pair of cup-holders in fold-down armrest
LEDsHeadlights and Taillights are all LED
Roof RackMountings for a roof rack

Cool Exclusives


Huge Touch ScreenControls and information appear on a huge 15″ high-definition touch screen
Web BrowserInternet connected web browser  (mid-2018)
Google MapsIncludes 7 years of free updates, with road, satellite and traffic views
Full UI AccessWhile driving the passenger and driver have full User-interface access. No annoying lockouts or “lawyer” screens to deal with.
Wireless connectivityBuilt in WiFi and 3G/4G/LTE cellular connection allows for over-the-air updates and much more
Great RangeWith the base model, it offers 220 miles of range (EPA estimated). With the larger battery option, 310 miles of range.
Panoramic WindshieldThe largest all glass panoramic windshield in production other than the Model X, includes solar tinting
Flush Door HandlesThe handles do not extend like the Model S, but retain the cool flush look.
Auto LockWalk away from the car and the car locks itself
Instant Heat/CoolHeat/Cooling starts immediately when needed (no engine warm up needed).
USB portsCharge devices and play music files
Remote Control AppAndroid and iPhone apps allow you to lock/unlock, honk horn, see where your car currently is on a map, and control charging, get notifications and more
ExtensiveLEDs throughout include many conveniences and looks great inside and out
GPS Ride HeightRemembers desired ride height at GPS locations (with optional Air Suspension – late 2018.
GPS HomelinkRemembers where you use homelink and highlights the correct selection
TowingIncludes towing ability option (unconfirmed future feature)
AerodynamicCD of .23 is the best of any production vehicle, helps improve range and reduce wind noise at speed
Linear VentFull car width vent system provides each front seat with individual electronic vent controls
Phone UnlockYour phone is your key!  Detects bluetooth phone app and unlocks the car automatically. A key card is also included that can be used to unlock the car or for valets

Some features listed are part of optional packages. Check with Tesla Motors for the latest features and options.

16 thoughts on “Model 3 Top Features

  1. Hero9852 says:

    Just can’t see anything official on web browser like summon feature. In specific I can’t find browser for mid 2018 like on features page. Hope your right just think Elon would have commented by now if coming to the 3

    • Moderator says:

      Summon for 3 is official on the Tesla website. Browser is expected, but not exactly official (employees have said it will appear, but not on record). No official dates yet. That’s often the way it is with Tesla on minor features. Elon doesn’t talk about every feature of the vehicles either. My best guess is both will appear this summer based on my experience in seeing features added to the S/X over the last 5+ years that I’ve been tracking Tesla. Both features already exist, so it’s not as if it’s being created from scratch. That said, I’m not always right either – just providing my best educated estimate 🙂

  2. Hero9852 says:

    moderator I thought the model 3 had a cellular plan already isn’t that the lte connection for music and etc?

    • Moderator says:

      Yes, but the plan is provided for 3 months free on the Model 3 (4 years on the S/X), although Tesla has not started charging for it yet on any cars. After some point, Tesla will charge owners for cellular access or owners can elect to tether to a phone and use the owner’s data plan instead.

      • Hero9852 says:

        Ok I just saw your post about the 3s web browser you said that and summon was announced. I didn’t see anything officially announced. I also saw on the features web browser is coming mid 2028 like you know for sure. That’s all so I guess your assuming browser will be in 3 at some point but not official?

  3. Hero9852 says:

    Moderator where did you hear web browser was announced for model 3. I have not heard anything officially but do hope it’s coming?

    • Moderator says:

      Good question – I also could not find any official confirmation, and quite a few people (including me) assumed it would appear at some point. My guess is it may be waiting until the new browser is finished for the S/X (Elon stated about 8 weeks from now). It may also be a case Tesla is waiting until they have the paid celular plan in place for the Model 3 so they don’t get charged for the browser data.

  4. Joenathan says:

    Model 3 doesn’t have web browser, or summon, it also doesn’t have an option for air suspension.

  5. brando says:

    Note typo above – Glass Roof

    Windshield runs from base to rear trunk lod

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