Tesla Model 3 First Drive By Tech Forum – Watch Here

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Tech Forum provides a detailed look at the overall driving experience in the Tesla Model 3.

This video provides a comprehensive look at the driving dynamics of the Model 3, among some other notable information. Tech Forum makes a concerted effort to point out some considerations about the popular Tesla sedan that haven’t been given much media attention.

There are now plenty of Model 3 reviews out there, and a whole new stream will be coming in as soon as people get their hands on the dual-motor AWD and Performance variants. However, when it comes to the steering wheel, seating position, and overall driving takeaways, multiple opinions are appreciated and there’s always potential to glean some new information.

Tech Forum’s first observation is the Model 3’s small steering wheel. He points out that this is preferred by many race drivers and he prefers it as well. The wheel can be smaller than it is in many other cars since there is no gauge cluster. In most cars, a larger steering wheel is often needed to assure that the driver can see through it to read the gauges.

In terms of seating position, the Model 3 driver’s seat sits quite a bit higher than most cars (which makes sense due to the battery pack). This not only helps with outward visibility but also changes your perception of how the car handles. The concern is that it may make the car feel less sporty or agile since you sit low in most sports sedans. The video points out that though it’s very obvious that you’re sitting high, you get used to it and it doesn’t hinder the driving experience.

In the reviewer’s opinion, the ride quality of the car is excellent, as is the handling and cornering. Of all the cars he’s owned or driven, he compares the ride to that of his Ford Fusion, even though the Model 3 handles more like a sportier compact sedan. The review goes on to discuss Autopilot, regen, ergonomics, steering feel, and more.

In the end, Tech Forum’s biggest compliment is that once you’ve been behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3, driving many other cars just feels inadequate. After experiencing its torque, ride quality, visibility, and agility, most traditional cars just feel subpar.

Video Description via Tech Forum on YouTube:

In this video, we go in-depth driving the Model 3 and discuss the seating position, cornering, road feel, and overall driving experience.


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Loved this review. I learned a lot that wasn’t present in other reviews and I’m that much more excited to get my car.

It’s not just Model 3. Once you’ve been behind the wheel of a electric car, driving comparable gas cars just feels inadequate.

My subjective opinion comparing the ride quality of my Volt to my Model 3:
The visibility is better on the Model 3
The cornering is better on the Model 3
The ride was smoother in the Volt. On Michigan roads, the Model 3 (with the larger wheels) can be a bit rough.
Wind/road noise is about the same.
Regen in the Volt is stronger at first and maintains about the same amount of slowing (linear), where the Model 3 seems to only slow a bit at first then progressively regens more as time goes on (S curve). I’m slowing learning the regen pattern of the Model 3 so I can time it right at lights & stop signs.

Thanks for your first-hand report, Kdawg!

Do you have an early build Model 3, which has a stiffer ride more like a sports car, or a later one, made after Tesla softened the suspension?

No, not the early model. I even have the 2nd gen seats. I do have the larger, low-profile wheels that would add to some of the harshness. The pressure is at 49 PSI too.

Nice review. That left me with some ‘cancellation remorse’, but not completely. It’s still a very expensive car with potential nightmare quality issues from a high-drama mfr.

high-drama? Tesla generally fix all faults without kicking up a fuss. Have done all this time. You’re perceiving drama where there is none.

Do I want to delay my retirement 4 months to buy this car new or wait for a used one in 2020 or so. That is the question I am pondering…