2018 Tesla Model 3 vs. Its Competition

2018 Tesla Model 3

The 2018 Tesla Model 3 has no direct competitors, just as earlier Teslas have pioneered new long-range electric-car segments.

It’s a small, sleek sedan sized to go up against the BMW 3-Series, but that car’s sole plug-in model has so little range it’s not relevant.

The BMW i3 electric car is a closer competitor, but its range is one-half to one-third that of the Model 3 and its small, oddly styled hatchback form may take it entirely out of contention.

The 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV and 151-mile Nissan Leaf are also both five-door hatchbacks, but they have longer ranges and compete around the price of the entry Model 3 that’s not yet available.

The Chevy and Nissan brands may be a turnoff, though.

Finally, Tesla has had some success in moving Model 3 shoppers into used (and even new) Model S sedans; it’s a larger car with more features, and may come with free use of the nationwide Supercharger network, which the Model 3 doesn’t.

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Quick Specs
6.6
The 2018 Tesla Model 3 promises Tesla chic at mass-market prices, at least when less expensive versions arrive, but build quality should be any buyer’s biggest worry.
6.7
The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.
6.6
The BMW i3 is a wonder of technology, but it's already been surpasses by EVs with longer range.
7.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.
7.0
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is improved in every way over its aged predecessor: it’s better-looking, nicer inside, and has more power and battery range, at a relatively affordable price.
7.8
The 2018 Tesla Model S still delivers unequaled battery-electric performance, though its style and safety are beginning to show their age.
MSRP From     
$46,000$34,900$44,450$36,620$29,990$78,000
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy
Engine     
ElectricIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4ElectricElectricElectricElectric
EPA Class     
Large CarsCompact CarsSubcompact Cars- TBD -Mid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
Mid Range Battery RWD320i Sedan94 Ah5-Door HB LTS Hatchback75D AWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticNAAutomaticAutomatic
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