Tesla Model 3 Owners Are the Happiest Car Owners, According to Consumer Reports

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Tesla cars are considered groundbreaking in terms of powertrain and interior design. True, some of Elon Musk’s stances are questionable, and the Autopilot software isn’t always reliable. However, the latest data still proves that Tesla drivers are some of the happiest car owners.

Tesla Models X, S, and 3 all have high customer satisfaction ratings on Consumer Reports, with the Model 3 earning a CR Recommended label. What makes the Model 3 so irresistible to drivers? Here are some of the highlights from a list provided by CleanTechnica.

The Tesla Model 3 is fun to drive

While Tesla may not provide official horsepower estimates for most of its vehicles, its performance capabilities are hard to miss. There’s plenty of torque available from the starting line, and its sharp steering makes it a thrill to edge around corners. The drive is smooth and quiet while cruising, though even a Tesla fanatic will admit to increased noise at higher speeds.

The Standard Range Plus version can reach 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 140 mph. The Model 3 Long Range is also quick to hit 60 mph at 4.2 seconds. The Model 3 Performance can make that in 3.1 seconds and has the highest top speed of 162 mph.

Does the Tesla Model 3 have easy charging?

The Tesla Model 3 | Gao Yuwen/VCG via Getty Images

Tesla owners also appreciate how simple it is to charge a Model 3. Some of Tesla’s Supercharging stations are free for owners with credits, improved for 2021 with V3 fast-charging technology. It can reportedly restore up to 175 miles in 15 minutes, making it one of the best EVs for a road trip.

Charging stations will appear on the navigation screen, and the Model 3’s battery can also be restored with solar power. Many drivers also take advantage of Tesla’s available wall connector, which can fully restore the battery with a night’s charge. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range is the most efficient, with 353 miles of range.

Fun interior quirks

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While the interior looks minimalist at first, there’s an abundance of fun features inside the massive infotainment screen. You can unlock special easter eggs or play fart noises in the cabin to delight (or gross out) fellow riders. Tesla cars are apparently so smart that you can even play chess with them or with another passenger.

While Tesla doesn’t rely on conventional smartphone integration, fun apps such as Twitch and Netflix are still accessible. There’s also a drawing app and a campfire screen that plays when you just need to relax.

The interior is also reportedly one of the most comfortable in the luxury segment and made with exclusively vegan-friendly materials. The standard heated seats come with a three-level switch, so drivers can adjust the warmth to their preference. The two-toned color scheme is aesthetically pleasing, complemented by a wood dashboard and standard panoramic sunroof.

Even under heavy throttle, the Tesla Model 3 stays cool with Cabin Overheat Protection. There’s also a Dog Mode that keeps the interior from becoming too warm when the pups have to wait outside.

Are there any downsides to owning a Tesla Model 3?

Consumer Reports liked the Tesla Model 3 for the most part, but it still failed to impress testers in a few areas. The suspension is too firm to provide the most comfortable ride, especially in the cramped rear seat. Most of CR’s team also thought that the touchscreen’s controls were more distracting than practical.

Despite those disappointments, the Model 3 still stands out for its electric capabilities, plus unique and cutting-edge technology. The Standard Range Plus model also only retails for $40,190, making it a great entry-level EV. 

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