Tesla Model 3 Brings Joy: Ranked #1 By Consumer Reports Subscribers


The Tesla Model 3 is the most satisfying car on the market according to Consumer Reports.

Just the other day we shared some good news from Consumer Reports (CR). The publication noted that its readers chose the premium all-electric Tesla Model 3 as its top-rated luxury compact car. Over the years, CR has been hot and cold when it comes to Tesla. Early on, it didn’t recommend the Model 3. Fortunately, that changed. However, not long after that, the organization shared that there were still issues. Fast forward to today and CR has released the results of its annual owner satisfaction survey. As it turns out, the Model 3 not only makes the top ten list, but leads it.

According to Consumer Reports:

Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems.

The organization goes on to say that this data lets prospective buyers know if a car actually lived up to its promises, along with providing what owners expect from the car. Clearly, the Model 3 has done its job and then some. In fact, it beat out the iconic Porsche 911 to top this year’s list.

CR surveys owners of over a half a million vehicles to come up with these results. Needless to say, this is not some unscientific poll based on a handful of opinions, but rather a highly respected award from one of the industry’s top consumer research organizations.

Are you satisfied with your Tesla Model 3? Does it bring you lots of joy? Let us know in the comment section below.

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20 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Brings Joy: Ranked #1 By Consumer Reports Subscribers"

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The CR outcome was a little bit expected, given Tesla’s past results in this survey. But a good confirmation that they didn’t make any big mistakes with their design as some feared with no buttons, no driver display, phone key, etc. I have had mine since mid-August (LR RWD) and it really is a fantastic vehicle. It’s standout points are precise handling and plentiful responsive thrust. It really is “point and shoot” driving. I thought I would be annoyed by the offset display and phone key, but they both really work well. I love having a pocket free of keys everyday. Once every couple months walk up unlock fails, I just pop Bluetooth on/off on my phone and it works again for months. The biggest surprise is the excellent storage size. With two young kids, we always have bags, strollers, pack n plays, etc. in tow and use the Model 3 exclusively on weekends, unless family is in town and require 3 rows of seating. What has surprised me more is the reaction from others. Friends, family and acquaintances all have raved about how much they liked it seeing it in person and riding/driving it. I guess I have followed… Read more »

From YouTube it seems clear not everyone has the experience you have had with the phone key. What mobile phone model do you have..?

iPhone 7 and Xs have both worked for me.

I love my Model 3….. The first new car I’ve bought in over 30 years. As soon as I took delivery of the car I bought Tesla stock. There were some cosmetic issues with the car upon delivery but Tesla fixed all of them.

CR does good work and is as unbiased as possible in their methodologies.

Why did the i3 do so poorly.
Sadly, the TESLA EFFECT.

CU based their owner satisfaction on “Would you buy another”.
If the Tesla Model 3 wasn’t around it would have a much higher score.

The car is nearly Pure Joy to drive, but it’s not a Tesla.
Tesla is an electric 3 series.

Over the past several years of this Consumer Reports survey, the Tesla Model S has always been #1. It’s amusing that it has now been edged out by a newer Tesla model!

The i3 is in a class by itself: “Luxury Subcompact” or if you are feeling silly: “MUV – Micro Utility Vehicle.” So… this whole consumer reports ranking seems fishy. The BMW i3 is ranked DFL (dead last) on this review… highly suspect. I owned a Prius C and now own an i3, and I can tell you that their order of ranking in the CR results is BOGUS. I talked to plenty of other Prius C owners who felt mostly “meh.. it gets good mpg” about the car (myself included). Every i3 owner I have talked to really liked their car. After having both, no comparison.

True. The i3 drives circles around the Prius Prime.
The Prime isn’t in the same class.
It’s a true driving machine EV, great for cities, insanely more fun than a Prius.
Yet, the Prius owners doing the survey must have said they would buy another.

And CU put the heaviest weight on that question.
Whereas the i3 owner has choices:
The Tesla Model 3, the i-Pace, the Audi EV, the MB EV, and of course the iX3 coming out and the “i4”, which isn’t really going to be an i4, but some hybridized 4 series grande coupe.

The i3 owner is never going back to a hybrid, so they have better choices then 2014.

“Most satisfying” ….It’s all about the word “most”it seems for CR. As long as Tesla is the “most” in something, either good or bad CR will get the most click mileage out of Tesla.

There is a reason that Model 3 is America’s best selling premium vehicle.

I am not surprised as our Model 3 is terrific, by far the best car we have ever owned.

“Over the years, CR has been hot and cold when it comes to Tesla.”

It isn’t hot or cold. It is based on different set criteria for each and every tests and survey.

If only people would just learn about what each award and category mean, they would stop making those kind of comments.

Seriously, only the fan bois would make “hot” comments only. And Only haters would only make “cold” comments.

When it is “hot and cold”, it is probably more accurate and less biased which reflects the car itself.

The next generation of Tesla is coming and it will be even better.

As the second Tesla in our household, our AWD 3 arrived at the end of 18Q3 to replace my wife’s Prius, whose HOV stickers expire at the end of 2018. I thought waiting for the 3’s HOV sticker was my window to have fun with the 3, but no my wife kept driving the 3 to work sans HOV access. She wouldn’t say it to me, but her actions spoke clearly: she embraced the 3 fast, so much she quickly called it her car and wouldn’t let me drive it all, even when we’re going somewhere together!

Grumble, grumble, so I bought my second Model S, this time AWD, at the end of 18Q4. So there! Can I blame my wife for compelling me to go buy my own? We’re an all-Tesla household now.

I took delivery of the Model 3 LR AWD late last year. Finally used the auto pilot on it and it really was much more relaxing than driving myself. So much less stress.

That’s the biggest plus for me, tbh. Still slight panel gaps but it will again, get better over time.

Would I buy another one? I think so. Hoping the next one will have 500 mile range though. 😉 Want to be able to one shot LA to Yosemite without too much worrying. I think right now, I can just get to Fish Camp from LA.

Yeah, I know, first world problems. 😛

I think one of the biggest goals of misinformation surrounding Tesla is to scare people away from getting their butts in Tesla seats. As soon as you actually experience the car and get first-hand education from an owner or Tesla employee, all the FUD drops from the mind and you’re blown away. Tesla detractors will sneer at you when you ask if they’ve actually experienced the cars, because they just do not understand the Tesla experience (often willfully) and hate the brand and company so much they refuse to even give it a try. They will not acknowledge that Tesla is a force in the auto-market because of their products, not because of a cult of personality around Elon or some other silly notion. People keep flocking to buy these cars, and the short shorts keep putting their fingers in their ears, shutting their eyes, and whining “no demand, no demand, no demand.” They can point at Tesla’s missteps, unrealistic timelines, problems with service, etc, over the years, and many are valid criticisms, but at the end of the day the cars are still what they are and people who experience them want them badly, full stop. I believe Tesla… Read more »