Kelley Blue Book: Tesla Model 3 Is In A Class Of 1: Video

JAN 12 2019 BY MARK KANE 36

Hopefully, the cheaper version of the Model 3 comes to market soon.

In its most recent review and test drive of theย Tesla Model 3, Kelley Blue Book appreciates the car. In fact, KBB thinks it stands alone in its own class.

The Model 3 was called amazing to drive, with a great interface, stupid quick, aggressively innovative and comfortable for its size.

Video description:

“Is there a more polarizing car company or car than the Tesla Model 3? Maybe, maybe not, but whatever you think, there is much to be said about the disruption happening at Tesla. Kelley Blue Book’s Micah Muzio is never one to shy away from a little controversy, and he takes an in-depth look here at the car that a guy whose name starts with an Elo… believes would change everything.”

Watch the video for more on the Model 3.

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36 Comments on "Kelley Blue Book: Tesla Model 3 Is In A Class Of 1: Video"

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Great video! They really liked it. The car really is in a class by itself.

If KBB sticks to form, depreciation is where they may find the Model 3 most impressive.

Too soon to tell, Model S lost more than 50% the first 5 years.

And so does every car in its class…

Can you name any other brand where the used price is more than 50% of MSRP after 5 years?

One reason could be the fact that the keep improving the product whenever they have tested an achieved something better. They don’t wait 5 years to do it.

Another thing to consider is the effect of the Federal Tax Credit. $7,500 instant depreciation for the 2nd owner who can’t take the credit.

I’m confused. The second owner never sees the tax-credit. He only loses the option to enjoy one on a new car (because it expired). Therefore he/she is left looking at used cars, at less than full price instead of prices which generally never rose higher than MSRP minus the tax-credit.

“…Model S lost more than 50% the first 5 years.”

*Slow clapping* The best lies from serial Tesla bashers, like this one, are those which have some truth mixed in.

You’d never know from the quoted comment that the Model S holds its value for resale significantly better than most cars in its price segment; perhaps better than any other car in its class.

I think this is highly dependent on the options, my MS40 cost 47k after the federal and state credits and 4 years 3 months and 62k miles later it sold for 40.6k, but yes I’ve seen some S85ps going for 50k so that’s 50% depreciation, most of that being options that people might not appreciate performance inverter, etc. It’s always been the case though that you never get a good residual values on options. Other that that performance cars depreciate sometimes at 75k look at Ferrari. If you excluded any sub 5 second Teslas (group that with performance cars) and compare the two groups of vehicles separately I think you would find results that are better than any other car brand (not sure about the low end Honda’s but close).

Great video. His Clarity was great too

I have yet to hear a casual observer who has taken a ride say it isn’t incredibly cool. Just imagine how hard it would be to sell an ICE car if, for example, your Toyota dealer had an ICE and EV version of the Camry sitting on the lot for roughly comparable prices.

Overall this was a pretty good review but the claimed 2 MPH and 14 MPH charging rates on L1 and L2 respectively are much lower than I get (5 MPH and 28 and up MPH) respectively. Their SC rate also seemed low but they might have been using shared SCs. I do agree that having the rear seat release inside the cabin is a big miss. It makes smash and grab access to the trunk trivial as many model 3 owners in the Silicon Valley CA area have found out the hard way.

With all the cameras and sensors on the car, why is it that the alarm does not use them to detect, record and track criminals. Then send the owner a video of the incident.

And setting off the alarm should lock up the rear seat fold down function.

They might purposefully state worst case.

The displayed showed his Level 2 at 25A. Most of us use it at 32A.

The charge rates as shown in the video are for the first few minutes after plugging in. If a NEMA14-50 plug is used, the charge current is limited to 32A (80% of rated 40A for the plug). The steady state for this plug is 30MPH, not 14 as shown in the video. The video was not wrong, but it only tells the initial charge rate – the author should clarify that.

Agree. I get right at 5 mph with a plain old 120 V outlet. With my 50 mile average daily commute I only need extra juice if I do lots of extra errands. When this is the case it usually catches up on the weekends. I was originally going to install a 240 V outlet in the garage but I discovered I would need it so infrequently I decided to go with a MUCH less expensive solution: My electric clothes dryer being just beyond the reach of the charging cable, I bought a 10′ dryer plug, put a NEMA 14-50 receptacle on the end and made a 10′ extension cord for about $35. (Note for anyone who tries this: Make sure you lower the charge rate to 24 A so you don’t overload the dryer outlet. ) It works perfectly on the rare occasions that adding 50-90 miles during a 10-14 hour overnight charge would not be sufficient.

Prior to installing a dedicated 14-50 plug, I used the 15-30 plug for the dryer, and got ~22 MPH (24A). I had no problem getting 200 miles charging overnight with the dryer outlet.

Finally a really a truly good video (three year old stole the show)!

I get 44 mph with my home Tesla wall connector.

I own a Model X. My best vehicle I have ever owned. This is from someone who has owned many exotics like Lamborghini, Maserati, Aston Martin, etc. This was a great review which hit all the high points especially WiFi updates to adjust problems. No microcaliper going around the car. Remember the rolling marble test with the Acura legend of the 80โ€™s. From a new car company to come out with revolutionary drivetrain/computer screen with cars that are the safest, fastest, and revolutionary with first generation car is amazing. Just think what generation 3 or 4 will produce. Maybe we will have a flying car after all! The updated version of the autopilot is much better especially the 360 degree view of all cars around you. You do not need side mirrors. I am a pilot and even airlines still have 2 pilots with their autopilot. At least now, human intervention is needed very rarely at this point.

This car is a bargain compared to its competitors. Actually it is a bargain compared to the ModelX/S at half the cost. Glad Tesla keeping Model X/S more premium priced as they were dropping the MSRP too much. If an old school Escalade costs $100,000, The Model X/S are smoking deals. The MB S class and BMW 7 series, sadly overpriced also.

What I want to know is why would you not want to purchase this vehicle. After all Musk is going after the sport sedan benchmark, BMW 3 series, not the Leaf or Bolt. Just like the ModeX/S he had to go after the best out of Germany benchmarks,MB S class and BMW 7 series. At around the same MSRP with all new tech. The new roadster is going after all the sportcar benchmarks.

The rocket man knows how to build things

Scott, I think you are referring to the marble test with the LEXUS. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And here I thought it was the Nissan Altima when it was released ๐Ÿ™‚

So lots of Tesla drivers rocketing around, not good for safety.

LMAO at SJC as he keeps trolling his anti Tesla FUD!

Well, I agree. High performance sells especially with the young wanting to seek thrills. But is this really Tesla’s fault? These people would only purchase an alternative high performance car like Dodge Hellcat etc. The fact is that high performance cars get all the best reviews by car publications, they tend to put much more weight on performance, handling, and seat comfort than most car owners who are concerned about utility, reliability, depreciation etc. The high end performance car gets the attention, but in the end most purchase a lower cost version.

Actually, having test driven a Model 3 Performance, and owning a Fiat 500e, I’m actually amazed by how sedately Tesla owners seem to drive their cars.

I can’t help myself but go balls out from a stop anytime I have the pole position, up to the speed limit, especially on freeway on-ramps; it’s just so much fun. And yet I rarely see Teslas doing that, and they are up to four times faster!

Lol…the envy is obviously eating you alive.

Of course the reviewer loved it, it is the performance model and he is giddy because of the performance mostly. That is almost 65% of the overall review is based on that performance. Of course, that is the Tesla’s way, make the car so fun to drive, you forget about all other issues…

The tight back seat with high knee position and tight shoulder room is certainly concerning.

pipestem - also a leaf owner

Why concerning ? You can see the seat before you buy it. And it’s working fine for my family. Not really having any ‘issues’ at this point.

Your charge times are low. You can get 4-5 miles of range on 110 and 30 on 240 with the mobile charger that is included. Also Telsa has dedicated home changer for 45 miles per hour.