The TRUTH About Tesla Model 3 After 1 Year...
this is a
Model3 now here's the thing I love car reviews but the problem with them is that most reviewers have only spent a couple of hours or days with the car before they review it and everyone knows that car ownership goes a lot deeper than that I've been driving this
Model3 performance for about a
yearnow I've had a lot of great experiences with it I've had some not-so-great and I want to talk about it it's pretty difficult to review a car without talking about the design language of the vehicle and while the ultra minimalist interior of the
model3 has been pretty controversial the exterior is more objectively beautiful
Tesladesigner Franz von wolfhausen worked really hard on making this car look sporty and aggressive without being too overbearing or impractical you have this nice curved design on the front which is a little Porsche esque but then you get these really firm sharp lines that continue up through the length of the vehicle and really matches the rest of
Tesla's lineup making cars is pretty difficult or so
Teslawould lead you to believe you see this vehicle right here this is the July 2018
modelwhich puts it basically right in the middle between now when this review is being published and when
model3 production first began now the release
modelthrees had a lot of problems paint issues panel misalignment enormous body gaps general quality control problems this and newer vehicles have improved in this department but...
they are still not at the level of a traditional automaker UCI problems my first two doors they're not equally aligned I can see paint on the inside on the driver's side but not on the passenger side steel aluminum plastic you see they use different materials in the construction of the body panels to save weight aluminum which is the most abundant and also one of the lightest is a problem because it dents with such ease it would blow your mind I dropped a folding chair 10 inches onto the body panel I didn't think anything of it ah that's fine no it dented and aluminum is very difficult to repair that's not the only problem the paint which covers the metals and plastics of course is total garbage very expensive paint job which is not free by the way thanks a lot Elon is one of the worst paint jobs I've ever seen on any car ever the cheapest most economy cars have a better paint job than this it's uneven the clear coat is bad it's thin it chips hyper easy it is garbage get the free color and spend some money on a rap because the pain is just trash because there's no engine or traditional transmission in this car there's a lot more space in the
model3 than you might expect if there's not enough room in the very spacious trunk for your liking you can obviously fold down the back seats to get more bodies inside probably even fit a couple legs or two and here in this storage compartment which again is there because no transmission...
I've seen in this tiny little pocket on the side which probably fits more than a super car but if you're some kind of weirdo that needs even more space there's always the Franck that's right front trunk again no engine only a motor about the size of a melon leaves you a lot of space up here now opening the front trunk is well hold on now I'm gonna go to the app open the app I'm gonna click front trunk and then we're going for him that's the reason why I don't use it that much unlike the back where there's a button like every car ever made there's no button of any sort on here you have to use the app or use the in-car display which is very slow and inconvenient then look I mean there's not a lot of storage up here but certainly enough to fit groceries and that's the reason for these hooks if you ever get smelly takeout food this is the place to put it it's isolated from your cabin it is water sealed and it's a pretty good place to put stuff just not one I use with that much frequency but about non a day on the
modelthrees most distinct feature is its interior and the two most common criticisms I see are from people who clearly don't own the car because they say it's not built of good materials and then they say that it is hyper minimalistic to being Spartan and dysfunctional now it's true that there are a lot of buttons that are not in this car there's in fact almost no buttons almost everything is...
removed and moved on to the in screen display and for some things that can be at times a little annoying but if you think about it your car has tons of buttons all over that you almost never if have ever touched this gets rid of that in exchange for the dumb little buttons you never use there is a ton of space not just from a field-of-view standpoint because there's no dashboard you can see the almost entire landscape thanks to also the very steep nose cone but you also get an exchange a ton of interior room I have an entire garbage can in my center console and it's because there's no buttons and no transmission in a way it's super super excellent and the build quality of the materials is really good as well I think this synthetic leather aka not leather is some of the nicest synthetic leather I've ever felt in a car and these front seats feel incredible it almost reminds me of the 70s when cars were really unsafe because they're just super streamlined it feels like you're on a couch I can sit in these things for hours when you're in the front you have a lot of headroom thanks to the glass roof and in the back it really just depends on the plus side I'm nearly 6 foot 4 and my head doesn't touch this sloped roof which is really nice I will say however that because the seats are so low to the floor thanks a lot battery pack it almost feels like my knees are in my chest it's fine for around town commutes but for long distance travel...
I'd get pretty uncomfortable it's mostly suited for kids speaking of kids they are going to love the panoramic sunroof would you us the driver will not because there's this big massive a pillar and actually when I'm driving the car forget it's even there until someone gets in my car and goes oh I really wish
Teslawould have offered something like the panoramic roof on the
ModelX that edge to edge bezel this nature is something that I as the driver should be able to enjoy don't leave it to the kids now that sparked an interior really manifests itself when you're in the infotainment system this was a change that was really difficult for me because where you have the tactility of buttons in a normal car you basically have to look at the display on the
model3 which it first feels a little dangerous but once you learn the general areas in which items are located on the touchscreen it really doesn't feel that much different from a button a lot of the things that I liked having in front of me on a heads-up display are moved into this left column of the display like your speedometer the speed limit your battery status and more and at first I really didn't like it it just was off-center and it was a weird adjustment but I've actually come to prefer it yeah it is a little bit off to the right but it's higher up on the horizon level and so I actually find my of looking down less than I would in a normal car therefore making my driving...
actually a little safer there are some things that are still a little goofy like having to access the glovebox through the second venue or having to access the heated seats through the climate menu and then through a secondary heated seat menu if you want to eat the back seats but in general things seem pretty well laid out I do wish there was a little more customization
Teslais constantly moving things around on the feedback that they're kind of users give them but it doesn't mean that every once in a while there's a new learning curve to the UI and I can't just move these buttons to where I want they are where they are and that's just how it is now where
model3 really excels is performance and all electric cars specifically
Tesla's are well known for their rapid acceleration this
model3 performance is it's no different it does 0 to 60 and well 60 acceleration is instant which is truly unique to electric cars it's almost a you have to drive it to no scenario I'm a big fan of a lot of internal combustion engine cars but no matter how fast the IC II car there's always a little bit of acceleration or input delay whether that be from the turbo spooling up or the need to downshift even just a slight delay from pushing the pedal to making the engine go that doesn't exist in a
Teslaand in an electric vehicle ii know the millisecond you push the pedal you are instantly getting accelerated feedback and it is truly unique and super super...
fun so sure this car is fast zero to sixty but where it really excels where it really flies is the forty to sixty or the sixty to eighty or those really quick bursts where you touch the pedal and you're just off but any car buff will tell you that there is a lot more to driving dynamics than simple acceleration and that's been a criticism a valid one against
Teslafor a number of
years because the
ModelS and the
ModelX handled like absolute boats those are heavy cars but they had bad air suspension the steering was vague they were about as graceful as Telos of tech using an Android phone long term now the
model3 changes this formula it's still a heavy car at 4100 pounds that's as much as a Ford f-150 pickup truck but what it does right is it steel spring suspension instead of air suspension now some may be quick to criticize the
Model3 for that and many did because of a price segment that this car operates in air suspension really should be an option but it's not steel only the good thing though is that
Teslaspared no expense and the steel suspension in this car is some of the best I've driven in any price point period let alone the price point that this car operates in it truly is excellent now there is a bit of understeer as with every car in this kind of mid-range luxury segment but because the center of gravity is so low to the ground and the suspension is so superb you really have the ability to just hang in corners super easily even with...
these crappy all-season tires that I'm running right now there's just and an absolute grip on the road does it handle as tightly as a bmw m3 well no but that's also a far more expensive car it definitely handles better than a Mercedes c-class even each class I think and I think it handles as well as or if not better than the BMW 3-series which to even be compared against that legendary car is a feat in and of itself there's one other thing that makes driving so much easier it's not just the steering wheel which while electronic and feels a little bit fake it does provide feedback audibly because there's no engine in this car you can hear the tires on the road and so well you can't necessarily feel them like you can and other performance vehicles it it's it's a totally different experience and it allows you to feel connected to the steering wheel to the tires and to the road without really having to feel it it's it's a bit unusual lastly one pedal driving is a game changer because this car has regenerative braking when you let off the accelerator the gas pedal it automatically slows down the car because it's regenerating the electricity that comes from the motors pushing them back into the battery pack but what this means is that you get excellent one pedal driving when you're in canyons and this car feels hyper agile because the accelerator can be hyper feathered not only is it responsive to accelerate but it's...
responsive to dis seller rate and so there's no more playing with pedals and shifting your feet around you just throw it into corners you let off the pedal you apply the pedal and it just feels absolutely incredible I'm not the only one to think this look at reviews across the board for
model3 from a bunch of car blocks the handling on this thing is absolutely insane autopilot I'm not gonna talk about it now isn't that one of the defining features of the car yeah and that's why I'm not going to talk about it unlike the cars other capabilities which are mostly static autopilot is continually evolving and improving over time I did a video about autopilot in December of last
yearI showed off its capabilities and its limitations since then things have improved a little bit it can now navigate a little bit better than it used to be able to before inside of lanes and handling merges it can also semi autonomously drive itself in a parking lot gimmicky but fun we'll continue to improve over time and that's why I'm not going to take time to talk about it because it is a major reason why you should buy this car but you should go watch a dedicated video on it we talked about the infotainment system in passing but it really requires a closer look because something featured so prominently we've got to talk about it but what the display lacks in buttons it makes up for in features the user interface is continually evolving and new features are...
added all the time for example Joe mode this guy on Twitter named Joe tweets Ilana and says hey look some of the notifications and chimes are a little bit too loud can you turn them down in the backseat so that it doesn't wake up my kid
Teslasays sure and adds a new Joe mode and is it out to their entire fleet this is not perfect I mean there are some bug's here and there and I don't like that there's not much customizability for example this home link icon that used to be over on the left which opens your garage is now clear on the right and it's too far for me and I don't like it but I can't move that around but all-in-all I mean it's such a minor complaint in a market with historically awful infotainment systems it's a really really nice change and getting updates every couple of weeks makes things even better that's right updates are frequent they are free and there's no trips to the dealership they just happen and they're amazing new features are added bugs are fixed things improve it's really unique and special and it's created an experience that creates a bond between me and the car far more than I ever have with any car in the past I used to get bored with cars I'd drive them for a few months and you know they just kind of became normal this car always keeps me on my toes and I'm always interested to see what happens when every update comes out I'm like a kid on Christmas running downstairs to see...
what new features my car can do it really is great navigation is important and it is excellent in the
Model3 it utilizes Google Maps and traffic data to do live rerouting which is excellent I have a traffic jam on the way home voice commands also use Google Voice and data search which is excellent and this is not unique to
Teslabut what is pretty unique as far as I'm concerned is excellent voice context clues for example I can say navigate to chick-fil-a near sugarhouse Park and I don't have to specify on screen which one it knows the chick-fil-a near sugar house park and navigates me there in one prompt it's super super excellent now range is also helpful because it tells you how much battery are going to have when you arrive roundtrip and it even shows you a trip meter which accounts for elevation so when you're going uphill it knows that you'll consume more battery and when you go downhill and regenerative Li brake it accounts for that as well to give you a much more accurate description of how much juice you'll have when you arrive non
Teslaowners complain a lot about the absence of carplay and android auto and a
yearago this bothered me but now I really don't care navigation is excellent and with native Spotify support with tune in and radio streaming as well and of course Bluetooth audio if you want to fall back you don't really feel like I'm missing that many features speaking of audio the sound system is superb it's...
one of the best I've heard in any car period the fact that it is the base or stock sound system is truly incredible now the app is basically how everything is controlled on this car and it looks and feels a little bit dated but it still works really well and you use your phone as a key which at first was a weird adjustment but I'll have a hard time ever going back it's completely passive it uses bluetooth you just pull the door handle the car unlocks you get in the car you drive to your destination you get out and you walk away there's no power button there's no locking and unlocking the phone just handles everything and it is super nice there are so many features that I can't cover in their entirety like sentry mode which records video when your car is sitting in a parking lot watching and recording if people vandalize or bump into it some features are admittedly less useful like the dozen or so Easter eggs and some really show that
Tesladesigned this car for a future where autonomy would take control and car passengers could play a video game or watch Netflix but that's for a date far into the future for now Netflix Hulu and YouTube are handy when charging all right let's talk super charging I'm here at one of tens of thousands of super charging stalls located around the world whether or not there's going to be one located near you geographically kind of just depends the
Tesla's opening and building new stalls every day but the...
supercharging network is becoming increasingly strained I live in a city of about 2.2 million people there are only 10 stalls inside the city there are stalls on the outside of the city's limits but in this location these stalls are almost always slammed this is the least crowded I've seen it in months that's gonna become an increasing problem as
Teslacontinues to sell cars they need to keep building chargers luckily once you're at a charger you're not going to be there for very long you see with current super charging technology v2i can charge from zero to 80% on my
Model3 in about 25 minutes sometimes 30 depending on how crowded the station is however both new v3 technology which is coming very soon you will be able to get 75 miles of range in just five minutes that is I think kind of the godsend that's where
Teslaneeds to get to bring down the number of locations that they need and the time actually spent charging practically speaking what does this mean well expect to have to stop for a few minutes every once in a while on long-distance trips from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles a trip that normally takes 12 hours I had to stop to charge for about 70 minutes total a little over 13 hours total that's a long time to wait in charge but at the same time I would have taken that time to go to the bathroom and eat meals anyway so it's not that much more but it is a change in pace you are gonna have to change the way that you travel with a...
car like this furthermore the supercharger network doesn't yet reach all of North America almost but not quite my grandparents live in Calgary Alberta and I truly cannot get to them in this car at least not if I'm going to charge at the supercharger because in Helena in rural Montana they're just not finished being built yet but worrying about how long you're going to be stuck at the supercharger or about range anxiety really isn't that rational because you're not spending your time at the supercharger you're spending your time doing other stuff because you're charging at home or at work I do the ladder I come to the office I get here in the morning I plug my car in and when I leave I have a full battery I look at my battery meter on my
Teslaless than I ever looked at my fuel tank because I just always have juice it's really hard to say how much it cost to drive an electric car because that greatly depends on where you're located here where I charge it's about 22 cents per kilowatt hour not super cheap and yet it really only cost me about four dollars to fill up my tank and I just do it from the comfort of my own office it's pretty nice all right it's time to talk about the dirty the topic that many
Tesladetractors will go on and on and on about battery degradation so is it a real thing yeah I mean these are batteries and batteries do degrade now the rate at which they will degrade really depend on a lot of different...
factors like how high you typically charged the battery your driving habits your climate that you live in extreme hot and extreme cold don't typically play very nicely with battery packs and then like the silicon lottery with CPUs honestly just luck now to give
Teslacredit they do a lot more than say your iPhone at managing and taking care of the battery pack there are advanced systems that maintain ideal temperatures and cycles these things run for days even after your car hasn't been driven it's a constant process to reduce the rate at which the battery degrades so I've had my car for twenty one thousand miles and one
yearhow much is the degradation been drumroll please 2% 2% is not nothing and over the course of five
years and a hundred thousand miles it's going to be more than 2% it'll probably be about ten now unlike an internal combustion engine your fuel tank doesn't get smaller than where you drive it that's unique to electric vehicles and that can depending on how much you need that extra range in your battery pack a bit of a downside but the degradation is so minor that really you're gonna have problems with other components on
Teslavehicles before the battery pack in 25
years are you gonna see a 2018
modelthree driving around probably not as much as we see 1995 Ford Tauruses driving around today but if you're buying the car new that is a problem so far into the future that you probably don't need to worry about it so...