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The 2023 Tesla Model 3 is the most affordable electric vehicle (EV) in the automaker’s lineup. However, potential owners might have to contend with a few issues compromising the baby Tesla compared to its larger siblings and competitors. While manageable, the Model 3’s issues could be a deal breaker for some fans, like its firm ride and cramped rear seats. 

Does Tesla Model 3 have a lot of issues?

The 2023 Tesla Model 3 offers eAWD, commendable range, and impressive performance at its upper trims. However, it also has a few issues:

  • Screen-dependent operation
  • Firm ride for the money
  • Cramped rear seating

According to U.S. News, the Model 3’s “over-reliance” on screens, firm ride, and tight rear seats work against its overall merit. Of course, some drivers’ nitpicks about a single-screen operation might be other fans’ favorite part of Tesla ownership. Still, with the entry-level Rear-Wheel Drive trim starting at around $40,240, the Model 3 isn’t exactly as affordable as a Nissan LEAF or Chevrolet Bolt EV. 

Model 3 RWD$40,240
Model 3 Long Range$47,240
Model 3 Performance$53,240

How many screens does the Tesla Model 3 have?

A Tesla Model 3's 15-inch center stack screen.
A 15-inch Tesla screen | Tesla

The Tesla Model 3 operates with one screen. It’s a 15-inch, center-mounted unit that controls most of the vehicle’s functions and amenities. 

However, evaluators say the Tesla EV’s screen has a steep learning curve that only gets easier with practice. Moreover, TrueCar pointed out that the Tesla model’s screen has the potential to be distracting for drivers, especially at highway speeds. Of course, people of the smartphone age will take to Tesla’s menus without too much difficulty. 

Is the Tesla 3 a bumpy ride?

The Tesla Model 3 might fall under the “luxury EV” category, but its ride is far from Jaguar or Mercedes-Benz spec. For instance, U.S. News says the Model 3 has a firm ride. Still, with a starting price of over $45,000 and higher trims exceeding $53,000, a bumpy ride is disappointing. 

A blue Tesla Model 3 EV uses AWD to cut across a wet road.
Model 3 | Tesla

Still, critics also point out that the Tesla EV model’s suspension is better suited to fun, spirited driving than posh cruises. Its low center of gravity and dynamic handling characteristics make it a lively ride. Sharp handling is a must; the Performance trim produces 450 horsepower and will launch an occupant to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Bumpy might be the name of the game, but the game is still exciting. 

Can four adults fit in a Tesla Model 3?

The 2023 Tesla Model 3 has seating for five passengers. However, the Model 3’s cramped rear seats might make longer trips uncomfortable. 

A 2023 Tesla Model 3 EV shows off its glass roof and seating for five.
Model 3 | Tesla

Still, the Model 3’s front seats are generous and accommodating, with comfortable padding. Moreover, owners can use the rear seat for seating instead of storage, given the baby Tesla’s 19.8 cubic feet of rear cargo space and 3.1 cubic feet of “frunk” space.  

Is the 2023 Model 3 worth it?

While these minor issues might make some EV hunters consider larger, more spacious options like the Model Y or Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Model 3 is a budget-friendly way into the Tesla lifestyle. Also, with as much as 358 miles of electric range in the Long Range trim, the baby Tesla is a commute-friendly EV option.


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