2020 Tesla Model 3 vs. Its Competition

2020 Tesla Model 3
Anthony Sophinos Anthony Sophinos Contributor

The Tesla Model 3 is closer to luxury than affordable transportation, with prices stretching as high as $70,000 if you check all the boxes.

It competes with other electrics that cost more and less.

The Hyundai Kona Electric and Niro EV, as well as the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt, are excellent choices for getting more than 200 miles to a charge without any additional fanfare or public attention.

They don’t drive quite as nice as the Tesla, though.

On the other end of the scale, the Jaguar I-Pace starts at $70,495.

It certainly looks and drives the part of a sporty electric, and the interior is elegant and excellently finished, but it uses an underwhelming interface.

The closest rival for the Model 3 may be the new Polestar 2.

Its loaded launch version will arrive with a $63,000 base price, but prices should settle lower later.

This five-door hatchback offers 275 miles of range and a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds.

Look for it to arrive at dealers sometime later this year.

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It’s not perfect, but the 2020 Tesla Model 3 has a devoted following and growing list of fans.
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A few more miles of range and modest upgrades push the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV electric hatchback back at the top for (non-Tesla) range, but there are other more charming urban electric cars.
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At less than $30,000 after tax credits, the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is a great-value, high-range EV…even if it isn’t available everywhere.
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The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace offers prestige, performance, and a practical body—it hits the current EV target, head-on.
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The 2020 Kia Niro is a compelling eco-friendly car for those opposed to Prius-like looks.
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The 2020 Nissan Leaf has outgrown its nerdy, commuter-car phase and steers now toward mainstream.
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