Tesla Model 3: Top 5 Likes & Dislikes


Tesla Model 3: Do the positives outweigh the negatives?

There are good and bad aspects of every car. What’s most important is figuring out your priorities and deciding if the pros are so positive that the cons seem trivial. If the negatives are going to bother you enough to make you second guess your buying decision, perhaps you should have reconsidered. The problem is, with all the mixed reviews out there when it comes to cars — and especially the hugely popular Tesla Model 3 — it’s hard to know for sure what you’re getting into. Moreover, it seems that Tesla vehicles are forever adapting as time moves forward, which doesn’t make your decision any easier.

Fortunately, YouTube channel Crosstalk Solutions has what appears to be a “newer” Model 3. In fact, it’s only been on the road for about 3,000 miles. We think that’s a pretty reasonable amount of time to make some solid observations about the car’s pros and cons. So, what does Chris Sherwood from Crosstalk want us to know?

Chris obviously likes the Model 3’s acceleration, but he says that’s too obvious to be included on his list. His personal list of likes includes:

  • Enhanced Autopilot
  • Keyless Entry and Exit
  • Regenerative Braking

Chris mentions two dislikes in the video:

  • Glossy Center Console
  • Keyless Entry Needs Improvement

For more in-depth insight, watch the video above.

Do you own a Tesla Model 3? If so, let us know if you agree with these lists. If your list is different or you have something unique to share, fill us in via the comment section below.

Video Description via Crosstalk Solutions on YouTube:

Tesla Model 3 Top 5 Likes and Dislikes

I’ve driven the Model 3 for about 3000 miles now, and this is my list of top 5 likes and dislikes about this vehicle. What is your list? Let me know in the comments below!


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Interesting list of pros and cons.. Most of the cons ironically, the BOLT ev happens to do well – plenty of regeneration, recouperation, etc. (Proper term for the past 100 years has been “Dynamic Braking”) – and its selectable – either 50 kw with the “L” shifter or 70 kw (about 0.3 G) with the paddle and L combined. Everyone seems to like one-pedal driving, which I had to use with the Roadster since one wasn’t given a choice, but I don’t use it other than when braking since it makes any car you have too nervous if you have the cruise control on. Also it hurts the range of the car since it tends to make the car constantly accelerate and then regen, whereas “D” just makes the cars just float along and not worry too much about matching the set speed exactly foot by foot. The useless Acceleration/Deceleration just heats the motor and electronics module. EVs as is well known are most efficient when driven so as to use no regeneration at all. Since, legally, Tesla wants you to pay ‘CONSTANT ATTENTION’ to the road, and conditions, pedestrians, etc and be ready to take the wheel at a… Read more »

The Bolt EV is designed to sell in small numbers.
-Plastic interior, poor seats and bad rear “suspension”.

But, the biggest positives for Tesla are good ride, instant response, excellent performance and a super quiet ride.

Well, I suppose the seats are somewhat uncomfortable for those extremely “Gravity Challenged”. The interior is that of a Cheap car – with the tax credit , you can buy 2 Bolts for the price of one Tesla. If I want a car with Excellent Suspension (I’ll drive my ELR, the best hybrid Car & Driver (plugin or not) had ever tested – but then there was a lot of money spent for the Watts Link, but I still paid only $4000 more for it than I did my 2011 Volt. But saying the suspension of the BOLT ev is “BAD” is just finding fault. That is like saying every “S” is in danger of a Horrific Fire, or it will be in the repair shop all the time, or uses huge amounts of electricity when it is left in the cold outside, As the Tie Rods wore in my Roadster, the car started steering from the rear, a very very dangerous condition (on snowy roads, the car would spin-out at 27 mph no matter what I did with the steering wheel or brakes – scary). But everyone who has ridden in my Bolt LT has said the Cloth Seat… Read more »

No you can’t. Not unless one of the Bolt’s is stolen. Bolt is $36K and Model 3 is $46K. With $7,500 credit that is $28.5K vs $38.5K. No possible way you can buy two.

So take that 28.5k and knock another 2-3k off for Chevy dealers that will do anything to move stock. Then you are at 50k for two- not counting anything your state might give you.

You get one demerit for telling the truth.. Happens to me all the time Jack.

wow. I must have reading issues. I could swear this was about Tesla model 3, not a POS like the bolt.
And it is cool that you love all the gizmos and do-dads that GM, BMW, etc have all over the place, but the rest of us do not want a high maintenance vehicle.

And the idea that you MUST take your eyes off the road to deal with the center console is a joke. The fact is, that the type of person that uses buttons, without eyes, is using positions. They can and do, the same with the touch screen.
However, The vast majority of ppl actually look at the buttons and touch screen before doing anything. And Tesla is slowly getting to the point where verbal handles what the steering wheel interface does not.

It’s silly to insist that people can use touch screens like they use a console with buttons. Humans are not that precise with things they are not looking at; try tossing and catching a ball with your eyes closed!

Of course, millions of people operate input devices like keyboards every day without looking… but they do so by feel, which you can’t do with touchscreens (because you are “selecting” everything you touch on the way to your desired option). This is also the case with touch-sensitive console buttons like the Gen1 Volt; trying to “feel” your way to turn on the climate control means you are pushing any “button” you touch near it.

There’s a reason why the touch-sensitive flat “keyboards of the future” envisioned in the 1970s never replaced normal keyboards. Touchscreens (or anything touch-sensitive) are a subpar input device for something you aren’t looking at, and in a car, you should minimize taking your eyes off the road.

– headrest is leaning forward too much, making for an uncomfortable position
– apparently the car doesn’t stay in neutral (frankly I don’t even know how to put it in neutral) at the car wash – I had to do an expensive hand wash instead

– amazing amount of storage: we went on a road trip with four suitcases, and plenty of additional winter gear, and didn’t have anything in the passenger cabin
– I went up to this peak in AZ with a net elevation of 5000ft. In average, the consumption was basically the same as driving in the flats – amazing recovery of energy!

We did the climb up Pikes Peak this summer in our Bolt, 7,500ft climb, so easy and quiet driving up, and the high regen mode on the way down made it really easy and efficient. The break check station did a double check :O) We also ended up with standard kWh usage for the miles driven, which is what I also got driving from the front range to Aspen over Independence Pass.

Hold the park button for 3 seconds to put it in neutral. Now you know 🙂

“…apparently the car doesn’t stay in neutral (frankly I don’t even know how to put it in neutral)…”

From what I’ve read, you put it into “tow mode” to get pulled thru an automated car wash. If you don’t know how to do that, then you should check the manual.

I have had a lot of people in my Model 3. For the most part, people are impressed. There are some “trivial” things that are showstoppers for a lot of people. The door handles (inside and out), dashboard/large LCD/lack of buttons/lack of driver binnacle, and yes, even regen will keep a number of people from even looking at the car. Granted you get used to it, but some people will not get past that.

You can turn the regen off via the settings on the screen under “driving”. Lack of buttons is a bonus, much less complicated. Door handles takes 3 days to get used to.

When I test drove it the menu let me set regen lower or higher but not disable it completely.

-no towing capability.
– no roof rack attachment or gutters.
– no DFCC capability outside of Tesla Supercharger, like the CHadeMO adaptor for the S or X.
– no hatchback ( I know some prefer sedan, but most outside U.S.A. don’t)
– expensive.

Might not buy it.

Your points should be taken with a grain of salt. The roof rack is currently sold out and your other points are slanted as well. Definitely grasping.

Yeah, plenty of pros and cons but this guy must be comparing against his truck.

Have you ever tried a non Tesla DCFC station? I just finished a long trip with a non Tesla BEV. Wow, I will no longer complain about Leafs hogging the 2 lousy bays. The hoggers are now Bolts and they stay for way more than 30mins.

Gonna stay with my ICE or Tesla.

If you’re in a land of plenty for Supercharger, it’s good, but up north in Québec it’s not yet and won’t probably never be, but there’s over 132, 50 kW BRCC spread over a very, very large territory.
I can have any hitch guy putting one on any car, but I won’t put it on a new car and void its warranty
And it still is a sedan and not as practical as a hatchback.
And about 20K$ more expensive than a Bolt or future Kona although a better spec car.
And the roof rack that Rob is referring is all sold and not available

So I stay with all my cons, because they’re still valid.

Not in the land of plenty superchargers but are at adequate distances on interstates when on long trips. Plus, it has an adapter for other charging setups. Roof rack will be available again soon. More expense – yes, but getting WAY more car. ps. I cant imagine having a smaller battery in the cold winter of Northern US little lone Canada.

Roof rack is available. The Chademo adaptor for the S and X also works with the Model 3 but why? Who even needs to use Chadmo? Even Nissan is going to have to switch.

“The Chademo adaptor [sic] for the S and X also works with the Model 3…”

Currently*, the S/X adapter doesn’t work with the TM3. Perhaps a software update will fix that… and perhaps not. (I see a claim online that the European CHAdeMO adapter has been seen being tested, so perhaps our European cousins will soon be able to charge at CHAdeMO chargers. Unfortunately, Tesla’s European and U.S. charging protocols are incompatible.)

*pun seemingly unavoidable 😉


Towing capacity is available via 3rd party gear

Just because a car isn’t rated to tow doesn’t mean you can’t tow with it. Plenty of people are using 3rd party tow hitches on their Model 3.


However, some of your other points are valid. It is surprising that Tesla hasn’t yet enabled CHAdeMO charging for the American version of the TM3, since an adapter is available for the MS/MX.

It means if something break on the car, it’s towing fault or could.
Would you take the risk?

Do you really think they will deny warranty work? I towed with a Ford Escort (not advised from acceleration or braking perspective by the way) and Ford never denied warranty fixes. Tesla is hand/fist over Ford.

Comparing to other EVs:
– way above average looks/style (not a weird-mobile)
– No range anxiety with big battery and Superchargers along major routes.
– Autopilot makes me actually look forward to long trips and traffic jams (almost).
– superb navigation system
– set it and forget it climate control system.
– glass roof.
– automatic software updates
– sticker shock (outrageously expensive upgrades add up fast.)
– rearview mirror won’t dim when I’m being blinded by cars following me.
– long way for me to get service and toll free number is always a half hour or longer wait.
– door handles are gimmicky, not better.
– Bluetooth entry not anywhere close to being reliable.
– headlight switch (and many other important controls) is in a SUB-menu
– music system is not at all easy to navigate
– Black only carpet.

On balance I would still buy it again without hesitation. It’s a magic carpet and rollercoasteri can take to work!

OK, I’ll play.
The trunk is high and the rear view out the back window is limited. Not bad if someone is tailgating you at night… But I like to see who’s behind me, especially while slowing for a turn. Also, not as bad as an S.
I wish they had made it a hatch like the S.
The car could do with buttons in the back for the back seat heaters.
I agree with the video, the rain sensing could be a bit more aggressive.
Auto hi-beam disables the stalk control to flash hi-beams.

Everything about the handling. This car loves the curves! It soaks up the bumps but is still firm and stays flat in the corners.
Regen is like engine braking in a manual, totally cool.
Driver ergonomics are superb.
That one speed gear box!
Except for the rear window sitting high, all other visibility is great.
That piece of wood…
The sound system.

All in all, I am extremely happy with the car. I kinda wondered at the price but, now that I know what I got I am good with that. In retrospect, I would cough up and go for the dual motor next time.