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Tesla Mannequin 3 – 4 Day Check Drive Overview Receive US

On my final journey to the Bay space, I used to be fortunate sufficient to attain a rental of a model new Tesla Mannequin 3 by means of Turo, the “Air BNB” of private proprietor automobile sharing. Over a 4 day, 312 mile rental, I had the chance to place the Mannequin 3 by means of its paces traversing the highways and byways of Silicon Valley.  This evaluate continues my first blogpost of the Mannequin 3:  Tesla Mannequin 3 – First Look Inside & Out

The Preliminaries – Entry and Controls

Card Key Entry and Mastering Mannequin 3 Door Handles

img_25221.jpgI picked up the Mannequin 3 on the proprietor’s residence round 7:00 PM.  The proprietor got here out to provide me the ‘lodge room model’ card key  which gives ‘visitor’ entry to the Mannequin 3 [Owners gain access through the Tesla App] to begin my 4-day rental. To unlock the Mannequin 3, you maintain the cardboard towards the motive force’s facet B pillar and the mirrors unfold and the side-markers blink orange. After two days within the Mannequin 3, I relaized that I wanted to faucet the cardboard towards the B pillar to each lock and unlock the car. Whereas there’s a setting for auto lock/unlock on the management display screen, that characteristic to my information, was not related to the cardboard key.

IMG_2521As soon as inside you press the brake pedal and the Mannequin 3 powers up like her sisters Mannequin S and Mannequin X. BUT should you wait too lengthy to press the brake, you get this message on the controls display screen and have to faucet the cardboard key towards the middle of the console under the cup holders. The cardboard key characteristic is a little bit of a unfavorable and most homeowners is not going to want it however for visitor entry it’s a nuisance.

Door Handles – Ergonmically Difficult

Whereas smooth and funky to have a look at, the Mannequin 3 door handles usually are not very sensible nor straightforward to make use of. When you unlock the automobile, you push on the proper a part of the deal with along with your thumb to launch the entrance a part of the deal with to open the door.  I pinched my finger on multiple occassion utilizing them. Not intuitive and unnecessarily difficult to function.  Self-presenting door handles on the Mannequin S and the Auto Open Doorways on the Mannequin X are neat.

The Controls Display screen – Simple to Use after a Interval of Adaptation

Whether or not you’re a Tesla Mannequin S/X proprietor or a Tesla beginner, the controls display screen takes a little bit of time behind the wheel to get used to utilizing.  Driving at night time and within the Bay space rain made the primary drive very difficult as I searched by means of the Controls Icons and screens to set the mirrors (that took about 4 drives to get proper), local weather controls, lighting and uncover the very cool central heating/cooling vent. Per the pic under, the driving standing of the Mannequin 3 is on the left, the controls throughout the underside of the display screen and the navigation to the proper.  Essentially the most used icon is the primary one to the left – brief reduce to driver settings. AutoPilot seems subsequent to the speedometer and also you set the velocity by urgent + and – icons on the display screen – slightly unnerving attempting to maintain your eyes on the highway and alter the Auto Pilot controls (extra on AP 2.5 under). Maps are clear however in contrast to Mannequin S and X, the flip by flip instructions are on the far proper of the display screen, which doesn’t tilt towards the motive force – so studying these could be a bit difficult.IMG_2476

So what’s it prefer to drive the Mannequin 3 ‘ FUN!

IMG_2527The place the Tesla Mannequin 3 completely shines is the way in which it drives. Going up towards the BMW 3-Collection, this automobile is only a blast to drive. The Mannequin 3 is a rocketship on acceleration and passing speeds (one thing like 5 seconds from 40-70 mph). It corners extremely properly – and I put it to the take a look at on many gentle rain lined entrance ramps. It holds the highway with its low heart of gravity. The optionally available 19′ Continentals supplied a ton of grip and wonderful highway management, the optionally available wheel pictured above appears suits the Mannequin 3 higher than the usual Aero 18s in my  opinion.

Draw back: trip high quality is in step with compact sport sedans: tough. Purchaser Beware: you’ll really feel each bump, pavement groove and tough pavement high quality.  The Mannequin 3 doesn’t trip just like the Mannequin S or Mannequin X (however nearer to non-air suspension Teslas). From what I’ve learn on the Tesla boards, the difficulty is identical with the 18’s. This is a matter of chassis/suspension arrange not tires. For these planning lengthy highway journeys, and you’re used to your Mannequin S or X, you simply want to pay attention to the numerous distinction in trip high quality. It’s actually my solely unfavorable concerning the Mannequin 3 as a long-distance highway automobile.

The Mannequin 3 is  very straightforward to manuever on metropolis streets and tight parking areas. This can be a actual benefit vs. Mannequin S and X that are very giant autos. Low steering effort for metropolis driving and sport setting for highways gave me the very best of each worlds. Turning radius may be very tight and the chance of rim rash within the Mannequin 3 may be very low.


AutoPilot 2.5: Similar to AP1.

As proven on this one minute video, AP2.5 works extraordinarily properly. No points with wobbling lanes. Lane change labored identically to my 2015 Mannequin S AP1. I do miss the velocity adjusment lever on the steering wheel stalk – which is now dealt with by urgent + and – icons on the management display screen. Urgent the brake is one of the best ways to disable AP2.5 as there is no such thing as a ‘kill change’ like in Mannequin S and Mannequin X. I used AP2.5 in cease and go visitors on 880 driving up the East Bay with no points in any respect. Felt identical to the Georgia 400 in my AP1.


Match End and Construct High quality: Very Good!

That is an early construct Mannequin 3 and I discovered only one flaw: wind noise on the A-pillar at freeway speeds. The Mannequin 3 match, end and construct high quality is superb.  Door panels, hood, and trunk gaps are minimal.  Inside materials high quality and match is excellent. I did discover that the black premium inside seats are inclined to scuff a bit if you put gentle objects on then so you might need to get the seat surfaces handled.

Exterior match and end was superb.

Panel match was wonderful (and after my Fremont manufacturing unit tour on this journey, I used to be reminded simply what number of metal and aluminum panels make up the Mannequin 3). Doorways take slightly additional effort to shut however the seals are tight.  The trunk does shut with the extra typical sound of a midsized sedan: the metal deck lid makes a convincing thunk.



Trunk & Frunk

A Tesla hallmark: utilizing area correctly for baggage. As I reported in my November publish, the trunk may be very giant with a excessive ceiling, low deck and the decrease storage compartment. Tesla gives the entire requisite charging cords (110/240V) and L2 adaptor in a properly trimmed bag (nicer than my Mannequin S).  This was the primary time I received to see the Frunk, which is useable for small in a single day luggage and groceries (throw again to the Beetles and Corvairs of the Sixties).



Tesla will get very excessive marks for its inside high quality (be aware Premium inside on this Mannequin 3).  The entrance seats are very comfy and properly bolstered.  Seating controls are on the seat frames as anticipated. The rear seating is okay for two adults on brief journeys (an hour or much less) and three adults solely to go to lunch.

Door panels are fantastically trimmed and this Mannequin 3 received the Alcatara headliner now not being provided. One fascinating characteristic:  two methods to open the doorways: an electrical button on the highest of the arm reset or a latch behind the window change gear.

The middle console is the large story with a number of storage compartments and a neat technique to dock your iPhone (exterior the protecting case although), which you’ll need to do since my telephone fell into the bigger compartment upon exhausting braking. I needed to pull off the highway to look  for my telephone. One niggle – the magnetic on the lid is absolutely fussy and wishes undefined by exact stress to latch it to the console. That might use some consideration.


Charging Up the Mannequin 3

Mannequin 3 charging is fairly easy: press the battery icon on the Management Display screen, set the cost stage, open the port and plug within the Tesla charger twine or adaptor/commonplace J1772 twine. The left quarter mounted chargeport is a bit gentle weight, so take care when opening and shutting it. You possibly can see on the display screen the Paid Supercharging price of $10.80. Of that complete, I paid $11.40 for 237 miles of vary on the Fremont Supercharger (paradoxically happening a Tesla Manufacturing facility tour whereas driving a Mannequin 3) or $.048 /mile. On public chargers, I paid $10.46 for 42kWh ($.25/kWh) offering 174 miles of vary (42 kWh/75 kWh) or $.06/mile. Driving 12,000 miles/12 months on the Lengthy Vary battery at $.05/mile is $600.00 or about $50.00/month vs. $132.50/month if gasoline powered (600 gallons at $2.65/gallon/12 months).  Even with paid public charging in excessive price States like California (New York, Massachusetts), the Mannequin 3 will save homeowners $1,000 a 12 months in ‘gas’ prices.  The Monroney (Window Sticker) exhibits an anuual gas price of $500.00.


What’s the Backside Line on the Tesla Mannequin 3?


So what does this superb new compact sport sedan price out the Manufacturing facility door:  $56,500.00 earlier than taxes and registration charges. Proper now Tesla has solely opened up the highest of the road options: Lengthy Vary Battery ($9000), and Premium Inside ($5000) are mounted selections. AutoPilot ($3000), shade selection (black was no price additional shade) and wheels ($1500 for 19s) are additional.

Is the Tesla Mannequin 3 well worth the cash?

SureIf you would like a excessive efficiency sport sedan that’s the excellent on a regular basis driver for round city, brief enterprise journeys and weekend errands. What you’ll save in long-term upkeep prices will greater than make up for the upfront value premium vs. comparably geared up 3-Collection BMWs and C/E- Class Mercedes opponents.

NoIf you happen to you are taking frequent long-distance highway journeys, and want to move your loved ones members (particularly 3 youngsters) and haul their gear. Chances are you’ll discover the Mannequin S or Mannequin X higher fits your driving wants.

Personal a Mannequin S or X already?  My recommendation: hold it and add the Mannequin 3 to your loved ones!





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Creator: Jeff Cohen, Founder, Atlanta Electrical Automobile Improvement Coalition and Georgia EVentures, LLC

I’m an “EVangelist” who needs you to expertise the fun of driving and proudly owning electrical autos. I at the moment personal a 2015 Tesla Mannequin S 60, and have owned/leased a 2015 Nissan LEAF and 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet VOLTs. I preserve two WordPress blogs: an EV data centered weblog ( and an EV Rental weblog ( and Fb web page ( and three Twitter Websites: @JBCMKTR (private), @AtlantaEV and @GAEVentures and JBCMKTR on Instagram.

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