Watch This Canadian Review Of The Tesla Model 3


Now that the first Tesla Model 3 vehicles are arriving in Canada, it’s time for some up-to-date reviews. was able to rent one of the first Tesla Model 3s in Canada from its owner to perform a test drive and put together a review. The base Model 3 in Canada is listed on Tesla’s website at C$$ 45,600. However, as we are all aware, adding the Long Range battery and the mandatory Premium Upgrades package spikes that price significantly. The owner paid C$64,100.

While this is a C$20k upcharge, and hardly a “mainstream” car in Canada, the reviewer notes:

. . . the upscale and tech-heavy Model 3 is still roughly in line with its closest market rivals – entry-luxe powerhouses such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans – and not the base versions, especially performance-wise.

Overall, the acceleration is very impressive, not unlike the BMW 330i and 340i sedans with their turbo inline-six engine, with a big dose of extra off-the-line torque. Ride quality is on the rough side, but handling is surely fun.

The Model 3 is definitely a head turner. It’s roomy in the front and rear seats and offers a respectable amount of cargo space. In terms of the battery, charging, and range, the car has no issue and no real competition.

Nonetheless, the reviewer feels that there are still some “finishing touches” to come, like no AM or satellite radio. Also, some other early production issues, most of which may be fixable with over-the-air updates … others, not so much:

  • No key fob (card doesn’t always work)
  • Phone as a key (doesn’t always work, especially for Android devices)
  • Bluetooth cuts out often
  • Panel gaps
  • Lack of attention to detail concludes:

Despite the complaints, the Model 3 is a technological tour de force, and like other Teslas, makes its rivals look like relics of a pre-digital age.

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No satellite radio is the correct thing to do. Irritated me that I paid hundreds extra for the privilege of XM/Sirius stuffing an unwanted piece of equipment in my LEAF. Would rather have had car mats.

I submit to you that there won’t be a “real” Canadian review of the Model 3 until someone tests it when it’s -25 degrees Celsius or colder, and 3 feet of snow on the ground. 🙂

Even bare bones black $45,600 M3 when un-subsidized which it isn’t if you don’t live in BC, ON, & QC is way beyond reach of average Canadians who can only afford a < $30,000 vehicle that is the on the road price that incluses taxes, ac tax, dealer fees, transport preparation…. Look at the sea of Elantras, Civics and Corollas.

Why do you say “not unlike” ?

Tesla’s building model 3s in their parking lot!!

The quality of the model 3 will be atrocious.
Tesla is a HUGE FAIL!
Wake up people!!

I guess you mean, in a Tent? And that is the line for the new Dual Motor Versions, none of which are shipped yet. Go back to sleep, Nack.

Interior and Performance definitely dont compete with the segment.
The BMWs and Audis referenced were built to cruise down interstates at 120mph. You can Infiniti to that list. Cant do that in a Tesla. Doesnt have the handling to cope with 90 let alone far higher, doesnt have the power to sustain, and will drain the batteries in record time.
On interior, Tesla’s gimmick display is the stuff of Civics. Cheaped out not wanting to run proper driver controls on stalks and wheel.
Can easily get a HUD at this price point.
You can add Lexus to the mfrs that kill Model 3 on interior.