Model 3 Top Features

While the Model 3 is not available yet, we know a lot so far.  This is a short list known top features available on the the Model 3:


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 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 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 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 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 pop-out cup-holders (unconfirmed).
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 BrowserA full web browser is built in and ready to use
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), more than double of any non-Tesla production electric car as of Jan-2016.  With the larger battery option, 310 miles of range.
Panoramic WindshieldThe largest all glass panoramic windshield in production, 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 in any row
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, unconfirmed)
GPS HomelinkRemembers where you use homelink and highlights the correct selection
TowingIncludes towing ability option
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 expected to be part of optional packages. A few features are conjecture on our part based on the Model S and X, but expected. Check with Tesla Motors for the latest features and options.

4 thoughts on “Model 3 Top Features

  1. brando says:

    Note typo above – Glass Roof

    Windshield runs from base to rear trunk lod

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