Video: Tesla Model 3 Tip Of Week: This Nifty Feature Is Overlooked


For some, this Tesla Model 3 feature could come in really handy.

After a few reviews surface about a new car, many subsequent reviews are much the same. This is because journalists read the previous reviews for insight. Due to this situation, many an article references the same set of features. Tesla vehicles come loaded with interesting features not found in many competing models. It seems owners are still discovering new details and quirks. This may also be due to the fact that virtually all Tesla Model 3 features are controlled via the car’s touch screen. It turns out the Tesla Model 3 has a helpful feature that has seemingly gone unnoticed by many.

The Model 3 features “Hill Hold.” If you’re a long-time Tesla owner — and especially one that lives in a hilly area — you’re probably well aware of this feature. However, many owners are not. Essentially, if the car is stopped, you can depress the brake pedal for an extended period and/or push a button on the touch screen to keep it in place, rather than having to continue depressing the brake pedal. Once you’re ready to proceed, you can either tap the brake (which will send your car in whatever direction gravity decides), or push the accelerator pedal to disengage the feature.

We drive in Smoky Mountain National Park on a regular basis. This feature would be ideal in such an area. But, honestly, it may be just as convenient when you’re sitting in a driveway waiting to pick someone up or prepping to head out.

Did you know about Tesla’s Hill Hold feature? If so, in what other situations may hill hold come in handy? In addition, let us know if the feature works well and/or if there are any issues we should be made aware of.

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Model 3 Hill Hold Feature | Tip of the Week

This week’s Model 3 Tip is on the Hill Hold feature!

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22 Comments on "Video: Tesla Model 3 Tip Of Week: This Nifty Feature Is Overlooked"

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Rasmus Birkegaard Christensen

Isn’t it possible to just make a hard press on the brake pedal and it keeps being active. Like on the model s?

Correct. No touchscreen use needed. When coming to a stop just hold and keep pressing the brake pedal for a moment and an [(H)] indicator appears on the touchscreen right above the speedometer. The parking brake engages and “holds” the car in place so one does not have to keep their foot on the pedal.
Disengage the hold with a tap on the brake or press the accelerator.

It’s exactly what it does, Just watch the video!

Nissan Leaf Gen 2.0 offers this with e-Pedal. Up to 30 percent incline/decline hold and activates brake lights.

And will not disengage if you tap the brake and no roll back!

If you drive the Model 3 regularly, how in the world do you not notice this? If you come to a stop and hold your foot on the brake like you would in an ICE car, the (H) shows up. Are people really SO distracted every time they drive they don’t even notice what’s happening in front of their face? Autonomous Driving can’t happen fast enough.

No, autonomous driving will just make distracted driving worse! People will pay even less attention then they do now, and auto systems are not full proof and a true level 5 “johnny cab” experience is not in the real future. It’s no good to have your car with level 5 and still have the majority with stupid human drivers. The key to autonomy is the inter-connectivity with all cars and that is decades away at the least.

*Fool proof.

Just copy e pedal behavior. Best driving comfort you can have.

I have asked Tesla to add an option such that the TM3 comes to a complete halt without the final press on the brake pedal, similar to what the Chevy Bolt EV does.

Eh. Anyone in San Francisco knows about this.

so same as Auto Hold, something Mercedes had 10 years ago and is these days found in most cars at that price range incl BMW. Even cheaper VAG brands like Skoda or Seat have had it available as well for a while

While very usefull it’s nothiing revolutionary or unexpected

Agree – I found this by accident soon after I got my Model 3 — now I use it all of the time….

Not sure how this could be overlooked, but it is a great feature. Also, if creep is turned on, you won’t roll backward.

The BMW i3 has this feature too, the first generation got an update to have the feature. When coming to a stop uphill, it prevents you from rolling backwards. Due to the one-pedal driving, no brake pedal operation needed. It only works uphill though, downhill stops require the handbrake or brake pedal to prevent rolling forward. When in reverse, the operation also reverses.
It works like the hold on a industrial stepper motor, where some current is maintained to hold the motor in position. I do not know how many amps it requires.

This is far from exclusive to Tesla nor in any sense new. It is a standard expected feature on most cars. Our ICE cars (Lexus, Toyota, Porsche, Mercedes, Land Cruiser) have had hill hold for as long as I can remember.

Iif you hold the park button down on the model 3 the emergency brake is activated. Use that for parking on a hill!!

I have owned and operated my model 3 since April 6 2018. It has 21,568 miles on it (we circumnavigated the entire US). The hold feature works 100% correctly in all appropriate situations. I use it all the time at stop signs and especially when visiting San Francisco.

Hill hold is a feature that is available or standard on many ICE vehicles today, especially in those price range.

Somehow all those “former Prius” owners are finding all those features special because they never had any real ownership experience with a decent car before.

Honda Civic has this also