Up until this point, we’ve only driven the Tesla Model 3 in short bursts. And we’ve liked it very much. Now, it’s time to see what it’s like to live with for a longer-term test. We have a Model 3 Long Range for the weekend. What do you want to know about it?
So far, I quite enjoy the car. It’s comfortable and its steering is very responsive. It’s quick when you need bursts of speed, which is handy in New York City traffic—which unfortunately did not let up for me in the slightest during my short drive from the Tesla store in Red Hook to the office.
I’m not 100 percent sold on having my phone as the car’s primary key, so that’s going to take some getting used to. I’m also going to have to get used to the giant screen in the middle of the dash. It seems intuitive enough, though.
The Model 3's base price is $35,000, but because this is the Long Range version, it has options the long range battery for $9,000, premium upgrades for $5,000 and enhanced Autopilot for $5,000. That brings its total price $57,500.