It Seems The Automotive Press Is Enamored With The Tesla Model 3

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JAN 18 2018 BY EVANNEX 89

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The Tesla Model 3 (Instagram: jhtang_)


With Model 3 deliveries becoming a bit more common, media outlets are finally getting their hands on Tesla’s most-anticipated car. Back in July, Motor Trend called it “the most important car of the century” in Model 3’s one-and-only published review. Since then, Tesla hasn’t been releasing test cars to the press. Automotive journalists (like reservation holders) have been anxiously awaiting an opportunity to step on the gas… uh, I mean accelerator.

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At last, a handful of automotive media outlets have landed a coveted Model 3 review. However, some happened courtesy of Model 3 owners who loaned their car to a journalist. What’s the general consensus been thus far? Let’s take a look at some press for feedback from these car critics…


Director of Vehicle Testing, Dan Edmunds, recently took delivery of the company’s car — Edmunds (like Consumer Reports) actually acquires a vehicle for long-term testing. In a straightforward, no-nonsense manner, Edmunds provides an initial review of the Tesla Model 3 in a video format only (see below). Most telling, Edmunds says, “I’m digging this thing… I’m pretty impressed with the Model 3 sedan, so much so that I’m going to hang onto a second reservation that I put in for myself.”

Above: Dan Edmunds reviews the Model 3 (Youtube: Edmunds)

Road and Track

Road and Track’s Bob Sorokanich seemed to be most enthused by the car’s superlative performance: “Out on the road, the Model 3 feels special. There’s an eagerness to the car. Steering, acceleration, and chassis are nearly perfectly balanced, no one trait overpowering the others. Outward vision is expansive, the low dash, tall windshield, and minimized A-pillars making it easy to place the car in corners. Through twisty mountain roads, the car feels dynamically cohesive, thoughtfully tuned.”


Jalopnik’s Andrew Collins clearly enjoyed his Model 3 test drive (see below) and especially liked the user interface: “The extremely old-school among us will look at the screen-based control system as novelty. But someone who was practically raised on smartphones would probably have the Model 3’s whole control system mastered before the first time they backed out of the driveway… A lot has been said of making cars into ‘smartphones on wheels,’ and the Model 3 really comes close.”

Above: Jalopnik’s Andrew Collins reviews the Model 3 (Youtube: Jalopnik)

The Drive

The Drive’s Alex Roy took issue with Model 3’s user interface (as it relates to Autopilot) but seemed genuinely impressed — especially with its design: “The Model 3 is a triumph of industrial design… Starting with a clean sheet, Tesla has out-Volvo’ed Volvo, delivering the purest interpretation of Scandinavian design in automotive history. I felt liberated from the tyranny of traditional car dashboards full of knobs and buttons… It’s a work of art, a concept car come to life, more revelatory than the Model S, and historically even more important.”


Automobile’s Robert Cumberford actually awarded the Tesla Model 3 ‘Design of the Year’ for 2018. He explains, “We have the impression that the studied simplicity of both interior and exterior will let this car age extremely well, that in 10 years it will still look contemporary and beautifully understated, not old and irrelevant… all told, the Model 3 reminds us of some classic Pininfarina designs of the 1960s: simple and straightforward, perfectly proportioned with minimal extraneous detailing. It has all been done with unmistakably good taste.”

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I don’t think it’s been a big worry whether Tesla has a hit here… The questions are if they can build it in volume and with good quality. So far it seems they can build a very small volume with mediocre quality – and it seems very much unclear when they’ll be able to ramp up to anywhere near the rates they’ve been talking about.

Tesla guided 100-200k Model 3s in the second half of 2017. It still is not clear they’ll manage that in all of 2018!!

The three I’ve seen had no build quality issues. How many have you seen, firsthand?

Let’s see I am thinking a number less than 1.

+1 – “Mediocre” Give me a break. The Chevy Bolt has mediocre build quality at best and is fugly. I hear no special venom for the Bolt like the haters and short sellers that troll here have for the 3.

GM never claimed a build volume for the Bolt and they clearly provided a roll out schedule that they hit. GM exceeded expectation, Tesla didn’t. Tesla made very bold claims that people that have done any manufacturing knew were questionable. After making such bold claims why would you believe any claim they make at this point?

I laugh at you theflew. I’ve seen a few dozen different model 3’s at this point working in Menlo Park CA, and had time to examine them for exterior fit and finish. As Tesla ramps up, the panel gaps are more consistent. I examined a car today and could see no issues whereas a few months ago there were some slight issues with the body panel gaps when I was looking with my carpenter eyes. The m3 looks beautiful, stunning even, and goes 300 plus Mile’s on a charge. Seeing is believing and I believe in Tesla 100% after seeing many models 3’s in person. The fact is that Tesla is changing the entire car industry worldwide and this takes time. So what if they fall behind on some production ramp target dates. As long as they are making progress I care not as I am a reasonable and patient person. I’m happy and anxious to wait a few more months to buy mine. Changing the world takes time. The Alchemy Tesla is doing in the automotive industry won’t happen overnight, they are completely revolutionizing a 100 year old industry that is as a whole opposed to change without market… Read more »

Tesla customers are not latching on to any claims, they are latching on to real cars that they can see, feel, experience and own.

I disliked some things about the Model S, really didn’t like the Model X but having seen and been in a TM3, I gotta say they did a good job. Only ding from me is a $35K car became $55K and makes me wonder if the $35K car will ever be built. Also tried out a Bolt, too many things that I didn’t like.

It seems like EVERYONE agrees Tesla did a good job with the TM3 because so far, the only gripes the whiners can come up with are little nitpicks like Wipers, Instrument Panel, Panel gaps, UI, leather-to-cloth etc. Nothing major.

+1 Let’s keep perspective. Myself, as much as I don’t like even the smell of autonomy-only, nobody is even close to Tesla. On Porsche websites, the Panamera is openly criticized against the Model S. The new lead on this website is (another?) 2021 BMW, you can’t have. Ford’s stock took a digger, yesterday, on the truth they haven’t innovated enough (So, go diesel F150…). The Wall Street Journal’s Tim Higgins carried water, yet again today, with “electric vehicles remain unpopular” without getting into all the fugliness, dysfunction and poor sales support.

Goes on 24 hours, a day.

Why believe the reviews- I mean just keep going with your gut- you have managed to achieve about .0001% of what Musk has achieved- yet your opinion keeps you going, oblivious to you own clueless-ness.

“GM never claimed a build volume for the Bolt and they clearly provided a roll out schedule that they hit. GM exceeded expectation, Tesla didn’t.” This assertion has not one, but two, factual errors. Certainly GM came closer to its targets for rolling out the Bolt EV, with a production volume of “slightly over 30,000”, but those who have been paying attention remember several months in the first half of 2017 in which which inventory levels and sales lagged behind expectations, as reported in InsideEVs’ series of Monthly Plug-in Sales Report Cards. For those who need a reminder, some quotes from those regarding the troubled rollout of the Bolt EV can be found here: Now, I certainly don’t mean to equate the moderately troubled rollout of the Bolt EV with the the massive failure of Tesla to hit its projected production of the Tesla Model 3, which had an actual production level orders-of-magnitude below projections. But it’s very strange to see Theflew pick the Bolt EV as a paragon of trouble-free rollout with which to compare it to! Theflew, you could have picked very nearly any other new car model at random as a better comparison with a normal… Read more »

Absurd. The Bolt is a high quality car. The same cannot be said of Teslas. Spend five minutes on google and get back to us once you seen all the misaligned body panels and assorted failures of body hardware.

I still want a Model 3 but lets not pretend Tesla builds high quality cars.

I don’t think folks spending less than $50k on a vehicle have the same concerns as a $140k vehicle. Consider the speaker!

@Jacked Beanstalk, GM and quality in 1 sentence is absurd.

Which EV did CR ding for quality?

They build high quality cars- after a few months atleast.

“Spend five minutes on google and get back to us once you seen all the misaligned body panels and assorted failures of body hardware.” Why don’t you take your own advice? Googling [(chevrolet OR chevy) “bolt ev” panel alignment problem], I get “About 87,900 results”. Better yet, why don’t you take a video camera and film a close-up examination of the fit-and-finish of your own car’s body panels and exterior trim, and post that to YouTube so we can give it the same magnifying-glass level of examination that Model 3’s are being subjected too? Hmmm? Willing to “put your money where your mouth is”, Jacked? I realize that you just love to bash anything and everything, “Jacked”, but for those who prefer actual facts and objective reality, a walk through any parking lot making a magnifying-glass-close examination of randomly encountered cars should be sufficient to disabuse them of the false meme that Tesla Model 3’s have a problem with fit-and-finish. Heck, I have no doubt that even a Rolls-Royce or a Ferrari would show “misaligned” panels if you zoom in closely enough! In the real world, misalignments by up to ~2 mm are perfectly normal and expected in truly mass-produced… Read more »

I have a new Bolt. It has no body panel alignments and quality is excellent. My new X, on the other hand, arrived in November, and the trunk hatch is misaligned, as are both FWDs.

Since most or perhaps all of your “Six Electrics” exist only in your imagination, that means literally nothing.

Or do you honestly expect us to believe you bought a Model X after serially posting Tesla hater FUD for years and years?

I’m convinced!
After bashing his imaginary X for years he get another imaginary X. Some people need a mental check up.


The one I saw in Palo Alto (and that everyone saw… the line was out the door) was perfect, but that was a hand picked demo car. The one that got reviewed by an owner here did NOT LOOK GOOD, despite what the Tesla fan boies said.

More and more I am happy to wait a few months. I think there is way more manual labor and hand rework going on than Tesla is telling us.

I’m buying this car and keeping it, probably until I get a dirt condo. I want it RIGHT.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“More and more I am happy to wait a few months.”

If you’re in the 100-125K range in line then you really have no choice…

Buzzzz More like 50,000, but thanks for playing.

“The one that got reviewed by an owner here did NOT LOOK GOOD, despite what the Tesla fan boies said.”

I call bull pucky on your claim. Got a citation?

I recall a video posted here on the InsideEVs news site, and also a couple on the InsideEVs Forum site, showing videos which were all posted with comments indicating that the reviewer wouldn’t even have bothered bringing the subject up if it hadn’t been that there had been so much discussion of the subject. In other words: The fit-and-finish is every bit as good as a new car buyer expects, and nobody would even notice anything misaligned if they weren’t giving it a magnifying-glass-level, almost microscopic examination.

In other words, it’s a fake issue; it’s only an “issue” because Tesla bashers have repeated that Big Lie so many times that some people actually believe it.

It’s an issue because there have been terrible body panel misalignments on every model Tesla has attempted to manufacture. The fact that hand built 3s also have misalignments is part of long term trend of quality issues from Tesla.

Well, since we know you don’t actually believe any of the Tesla hater FUD you post — you proved that when you pretended to buy a Tesla Model X — then obviously you yourself don’t even believe that’s true!

The only thing your spamming this thread with Tesla hater posts indicates, is that the price of Tesla stock is up of late. In fact, it’s very close to a 3-month high!

How much money have you lost by short-selling TSLA over the past 12 months… LOSER?

Go Tesla!

+1 – Thank you – OMG

Seeing all the bitter trolls slowly fading away in their own misery is one of the best parts of the Model 3 success story!

Haha, yes, so true.

Yup, it generates a lot of schadenfreude for this Tesla fanboy to see the anti-Tesla bashing fade away into whining about almost entirely imagined fit-and-finish issues; the same complaints you can find posted online about almost literally any model of car!

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You said the same thing about the misalignments of X when it first rolled out. It has issues to this day. You’re a broken record. Perhaps the comments section of Fox News would better appreciate your dogmatism.

“You said the same thing about the misalignments of X when it first rolled out.”

And of course I was right. The flood of FUD coming from Tesla bashers on that issue was wildly overblown, and based mostly on a few extreme outliers; the same as most similar complaints posted to social media sites about literally every model of car, as one can easily see using Google Images.

The fit-and-finish issue with the Model X was a minor one; for the Model 3, it’s not an issue at all. So yes, there has been a noticeable improvement from Tesla in this area, altho of course one would never know that from posts written by serial Tesla haters like you!

And thanks, 3/4/5/6/7 Pretend Electrics, for reminding everyone that quite literally everything you post about Tesla and its cars is composed of lies and, at best, half-truths.

Sure there will be delays. Our family owns two model S cars and we did have to wait a long time. But hell it was worth the wait.
We have made reservations for two model 3 cars and we are sure will have to wait. But it will be worth waiting. Tesla is still by far the best BEV and best buying experience out there.

Guided 100k in 2017? No, that was an optimistic guess made by Elon in early 2016, soon after the reveal (where he meekly said, “So, I… I do feel fairly confident that it will be… at the end of next year…” followed by crowd laughter).

At no point did any Tesla report make a guidance of 100k Model 3s in 2017. They’re behind 6 months, not over a year like you’re implying.

The build quality is looking solid, even if not top-notch. Zero squeaks, and just the odd report of body panel gaps (some people saying they can’t find any after looking at several cars). Few cars get noted for having zero squeaks and rattles, e.g.

Be fair. Every concern for the dash has been born out with weak praise at best, or downright criticism:

That’s really the deal-breaker for me. I won’t buy one until they put a real instrument panel on it.

I think you need to try it before coming to any conclusions. Its facile to compare decades of experience with one model of control to another that one has not experienced, or even experienced for a short time. The CNN Money reviewer does just that … he derides the interface without becoming used to it. Oh, and the Tesla will only improve with time.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Will Tesla allow you a free trial for a week?
If not then your suggesting a really expensive trial period.

@Trollnonymous, “Will Tesla allow you a free trial for a week?”
Which car company has a week free rental ?

There are car rental Turo that you can rent one Model 3 for a week if you have money to pay for the rental.

Yeah, I’ve been startled at suggestions that people spend $500 to rent a TM3 for a day or a weekend, so they could get an extended test drive before making a buying decision.

How many people actually have that much — to coin a phrase — more dollars than sense?!?!

Good – jump out of the line please.

I sat in the car and used the interface. I found no issue with it. How about try it before you put it down.

I have had mine for 10 days now. I am in love with it, and quickly got used to not having any instrument cluster hiding behind the steering wheel / my hands. Its funny how quickly you expect the new normal, when I was driving my wifes Model X on the weekend I was looking for the speed on the big screen and wondered why its not there and why the screen is so low…

I do have to say that adjusting autopilot distance and target-speed on the display instead of on the steering wheel stalk is arkward at best, hope they get us an over the air update soon that allows to do that with the steering wheel controls.

Does not keep me from using autopilot a lot and loving it though, just am adjusting it less than I would in the X.

Another downside – its so much fun to drive I don’t see myself going back to public transportation any time soon again, which if it is an indicator for others, may lead to more clogged up streets.

How do you like navigating the touchscreen to activate the wipers or open the glovebox?

The situation is identical to that of cellphones. It used to be they all had keyboards, and people bitched when they removed the keyboards and left only touchscreens.

But we got used to it pretty fast, didn’t we?

Wipers have a stalk and how often do you open your glovebox?! I think I’ve opened mine twice in the last year.

The CNN reporter tried it….and put it down.

Wasn’t that you? Oh wait, you don’t report, you just put it down.

Funny when Fox praises something and CNN cuts it down.

Isn’t CNN the Mecca of “Fake News”?

I dunno, but they’re both ‘mainstream’.

For his excuse, a reporter from CNN it is as educated about electric cars than Forbes reporters were about smart-phones when Apple reveal the I-Phone in 2007 and said that I-Phone will fail because people “want to feel the buttons in their phones”. We all know what happened in fact, people got used with the “no buttons” thing very quickly and loved it so much that all other phone makers had had to follow Apple.

So, drive a phone.

That thar Ford Motor Company put a wheel in where there oughta be a steering tiller, on its newfangled Model T! And they put the engine at the front of the car, underneath a metal “hood”, instead of where it belongs, at the rear of the car!

Ridiculous. Obviously those crazy things will never catch on. 😉

But seriously, I’m glad to see EV makers are finally moving away from designing electric cars as if they’re just gasmobiles which use a different kind of fuel. Radical changes are always polarizing. However, I think the TM3 points to the future of automobile design.

You know why CNN didn’t like it because they saw a T on the front and Donald Trump’s last name starts with a T. I heard they ran 15 collusion stories to see if the parts were manufactured in Russia, I also heard they offered $729,000 to anyone that would say that the model 3 had sexually harassed them, they also said it was a racist car because they stopped using the alcantara which probably comes from one of those $##@hole countries and instead used an inferior American material.

Then again CNN is where I turn to for car reviews…not.


@David Murray, from now on all Tesla vehicles, semi included, will not have instrument panel behind the steering wheel.
This instrument panel behind the steering wheel is last century.


David good idea get out of the line BYE BYE

Mister G GTFOH David have been a moajor contributer here insideevs and also on his 8 bit YouTube channel about EV. You tesla cultists make me puke

By “Tesla cultists”, perhaps you mean those serial Tesla bashers who go out of their way to make multiple Tesla hater posts every day, even on discussion threads entirely unrelated to Tesla?

Yeah, that level of obsession certainly qualifies as a “cult”!

I read his comment and immediately thought of you, actually.

Yup, Tesla hater cultists like you who are so obsessed with Tesla (and its stock prices) that they keep posting Tesla hater missives even to discussions entirely unrelated to Tesla, certainly want to project the “Tesla cultist” label onto others instead of where it belongs — on themselves! 🙄

actually i want tesla to succeed bringing a mass market ev car to the mass but the 3 is not it

@pjwood1, there are some idiots reviewers that will write anything you want if you pay them enough.

That’s good that Jalopnik likes it. They have a lot of EV haters in their comments section. However, those people are car enthusiasts and the Model-3 needs to reach mainstream buyers.

@David Murray, Prius drivers are car enthusiasts ?

Thats the investors goal the casual buyer, if they cant get them then bye bye

At $56,000 it now at least has a working FM radio, yes?

Yes … is that really an essential?

Yeah – who cares? We use the streaming sites on our S – they are much clearer and have fewer ads.

I’ve gotten occasional static, with FM radio, but never ‘Loading Error’.

I was like you once…then i found internet radio and that was it. It works in areas where regular fm struggles. I sometimes listen to the fm stations over the net just for clarity. Try it!

‘Loading Error’ refers to internet radio issues, with buffering. There are other ways to get internet ratio, that I can’t speak to, but Tesla has problems with its audio signal completely stalling out.

Another reason one can’t be called a Luddite over this, is the time it takes to surf internet stations, or the potential for their bit rates to be worse than the quality of FM. Once upon a time, that’s why FM was favored to AM. The more options you have, the more you can avoid what you don’t want. Look at what’s happening to cable, and how OTA antennas (plus, maybe Netflix) are making a comeback.

If they have made getting internet radio seamless, then no. It should not be any more trouble to get the internet version of a station, or indeed any station in the world, than to tune the local off air version.

Right now getting that on my phone is a fiddle fest, and dangerous to do while driving.

On the S, you save internet stations as you would save regular broadcast stations. It creates an icon on the screen – one touch, super easy. It is nice when you are traveling because you can get static free stations in the area where you are or listen to stations from home.

Can you plug in or store your own playlist via like usb or something?
That’s what I use in my 18 wheeler.

Yes, it has a USB port that accepts flash drives. It is really easy to navigate the music on your thumb drive and shows album art.

Well, there you go. I prefer internet stations, as the choice is like between a post-it and a phone book.

With 3g cellular, I tried internet stations in the car by phone (several years back), and it was constantly failing with something like “lost contact with server” and a “try again?” menu. Nowdays we have 4g, and hopefully the programmers have half a clue that drivers don’t want you to ask them to “try again”, but just DO THE JOB AND SHUT UP.

I is a programmer, and the BIGGEST PROBLEM WE HAVE as a profession is that the programmers are not forced to use their own shi**y products.

Or working wifi? Or working heated seats?

Saw my first one in the burbs of DC yesterday, it was very cold and the heat worked so good even with the door open. Hated to get back into my Volt and it’s heater.

When’s the Bolt getting it’s wifi ability to join your home network?

Oh right… It’s a GM product.

That, and eventually a LOT more.

Jalopnik guy seemed like a EV noob. I’m always surprised when people review a Model 3 that are not knowledgable about EVs or Teslas.

Not hardly. Style does not necessarily mean no expertise. He’s the chief test pilot at Jalopnik.

Seems like they’re slowly getting their act together on M3 production. Not the magic production levels they claimed, but a slow ramp-up as most of us realists expected. We’ll see how they do getting the price in line with their promises. I still doubt we’ll see stripped base models ship in more than token numbers.

I spoke to one of the CR reviewers last weekend at an NEEAA meeting (they’re in CT). He said their M3 has the expected minor fit and finish issues, but no major issues so far. Also said most of them dislike looking right to see speed on the screen.

“…most of them dislike looking right to see speed on the screen.”

I’m surprised this hasn’t been made a major issue in reviews of the TM3. Sure, a lot of people — such as many or most Prius drivers — say you can get used to it fairly quickly; but some who have driven a Prius say they never could.

I think in many ways the TM3 points to the future of automotive design, but I see the “no instrument cluster or HUD” situation as a bridge too far. Well, it’s something the market will sort out, altho it may take some years to do so.

I wish that car dynamic essentials, like speed and CC settings, would be via a HUD, but the rest can be on a screen as far as I’m concerned.


Dan Edmunds did an amazing review! Thank you Dan!!!!
Agree with dislike for having to look to the side for almost all functions…especially when driving. Things like mirror, wiper adjustments, adjusting cruise above the speed limit (who doesn’t set it for 4-5 mph above the speed limit?). Navigating through a menu system for things that today are so easy to adjust bothers me. Love Tesla and the whole idea behind their mission, but not everything belongs on a touch screen.