‘Otherworldly’ Tesla Model 3 Electrifies Consumer Reports in Top 10 of 2021

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The EV market may not be crowded just yet, but it’s definitely headed that way. Say what you want, but Tesla continues to be the ruler of the EVs. While there are plenty of rivals vying for the throne, the American automaker continues to prove its worth. Consumer Reports has just given Tesla another major win by naming the Tesla Model 3 as the best electric car. 

How does Consumer Reports choose its winners

As nice as it would be to just drive past a car lot, and decide which vehicles are the best, it takes a lot of work to determine which vehicles are superior to others. It requires lots of time behind the wheel, discussing it with others who drive the same vehicle and then tallying up the results. Consumer Reports manages to do all this and comes out with a list of the top 10 best vehicles once a year.

According to Consumer Reports, “These 10 models have earned their way onto our list through outstanding performance in more than 50 tests at CR’s Auto Test Center, as well as having solid marks for reliability and owner satisfaction in our member surveys. All have also scored well in dynamic safety tests, such as our challenging accident avoidance maneuver, and, if tested, earned passing grades in crash assessments conducted by the federal government and the insurance industry.”

Why is the Tesla Model 3 the best of the best?

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One of the top factors that helps the Tesla Model 3 stand out from the competition is its speed. Some might assume that EVs aren’t as fast as gasoline-powered vehicles, but that’s a bit inaccurate. The fact is, some EVs can go faster than their fuel-driven brethren, and the Model 3 proves it.

It only takes 5.3 seconds for the Model 3 to reach 60 mph. That’s not as fast as some vehicles like the Tesla Model X, but it can definitely haul it when it needs to.

Consumer Reports was also fascinated by the Model 3’s “sharp handling and precise steering.” The 15-inch touchscreen was praised but was also criticized for being a bit of a distraction.

Will you love a Tesla Model 3?

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One of the worst parts about buying a new vehicle is that the second you drive it off the lot, it’s already losing value. That, and the fact that the tech is most likely already out of date. The next year’s model will come out with something truly spectacular if there is a remodel that you missed out on. 

That’s not the case with the Tesla Model 3. All Teslas have over-the-air updates, meaning your vehicle will never truly be out of date. 

The Tesla Model 3 comes with an electric range of 264-353 miles, depending on which version you get.

The inside is a little spartan compared to other vehicles, so if you’re looking for tons of buttons, lots of storage, and every empty space being filled with something, the Tesla Model 3 might not be for you. Many find the lack of stuff to be refreshing, however, and enjoy the clean feel the Model 3 comes with.

The few major downsides that Consumer Reports had revolved around the rear seating. If you’re unlucky enough to sit in the back, it’s not going to be a fun ride for you, as the seats are rather stiff. With that being said, however, the Model 3 is an extremely impressive vehicle that is sure to please.

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