2019 Tesla Model 3

Interior


MSRP
$35,000
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2019 Tesla Model 3 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.2

With its sleek styling, notable lack of buttons and knobs, and massive touch screen in the center of the dash, the 2019 Tesla Model 3's cabin looks and feels futuristic. The downside to all this technology is that accessing much of it takes the driver’s attention from the road. This Tesla provides an appealing amount of space for guests and gear.

  • The interior is almost unrecognizable as an automotive design. The Model 3's dashboard is an exercise in fanatical minimalism. It's perfectly symmetrical, completely bereft of buttons, knobs, or any kind of moving parts. Save for twin stalks serving the turn signals and gear selector, every control on the Model 3 is accessed from the central touchscreen." -- Road and Track (2018)
  • "The Model 3's interior is more attractive than we ever expected of such a simple design, and its driving position, roominess and visibility are all fantastic." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • The Model 3 I drove had a few minor panel-gap and fit-alignment issues, but you'd have to be fairly picky to notice them. It was significantly better than what I've seen with some other Tesla cars." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Seating

The Model 3 comes with five seats. Cloth upholstery and manual seat and steering-wheel adjustments are standard. Uplevel trims come with 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, heated rear seats, and upgraded upholstery and trim.

The Model 3's panoramic glass roof is a highlight, providing the cabin with a bright, airy feeling. Travelers up to 6-feet tall will have no problem riding in this small car, but the back seat may be a little cramped for the Michael Jordans in your party due to its limited foot space and low seat cushion.

The Model 3 has two full sets of LATCH anchors in the back seat.

  • "We've found the Model 3 to be a pleasant place to sit, and that feeling holds up for hours at a time. Its comfortable seats and quiet cabin deserve a great deal of credit." -- Edmunds
  • Up front, the seats are comfortable with good side bolstering. The rear seat is a different story—it's positioned extremely low to the floor, resulting in an uncomfortable knee bend for adults and providing no thigh support. Toe space is cramped under the front seats. It's a tighter fit than passengers will find in many of the Model 3's key competitors." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "The inside of the Model 3 is cozy, compact, but hardly claustrophobic. Even in the back seat, which is fairly upright but as livable as any other Civic or BMW 3 Series-sized car. The gigantic glass roof, which is only punctuated by a single central pillar running between the car's front and rear seats, does a lot to make the Model 3's cabin feel airy." -- Jalopnik (2018)

Interior Features

The Model 3's state-of-the-art infotainment system certainly appears stunning. Perched in the middle of the dash, the 15-inch touch screen has crisp graphics and serves as the driver's display. It provides information such as vehicle speed, and it handles nearly all the functions traditionally handled by physical controls and buttons. This creates a clean, sleek dash but also a distracting driving environment. Drivers must look away from the road to use the touch screen and adjust even basic elements, such as cruise control and windshield wiper speed. Some professional reviewer's note that it is problematic to have the vehicle speed displayed here, instead of directly in front of the driver. There is no smartphone integration either. After you connect your smartphone via Bluetooth, any song selections must be made from the phone (which is illegal to do while driving in some states).

Standard features in the Model 3 include a 15-inch touch screen, four USB ports, Bluetooth, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic emergency braking, sensors on all sides of the car, forward collision warning, side collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and a rearview camera.

Enhanced Autopilot is optional. This system operates the car's steering, throttle, and brakes, and is capable of actions such as changing lanes. The available Full Self-Driving Capability package unlocks even more semiautonomous and self-parking abilities (though it doesn't actually make the car able to drive without human interaction).

Interior upgrades include a premium 14-speaker system, satellite-view maps for the navigation system, in-car internet streaming music and media, and an internet browser.

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  • "Our only gripe concerns the central touchscreen system. Because almost all of the Model 3's controls are tied to it, you have to divert your attention from the road to do something as simple as adjusting the wiper speed. At the same time, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, or even a Tesla-developed browsing solution for your phone, are not available. Bluetooth streaming audio from your phone is the only way to go, but using your phone while driving means a ticket in states that ban phone use while driving – not to mention it's an additional distracted-driving hazard." -- Edmunds
  • "Lacking switches, knobs or a conventional instrument panel, the Model 3 instead uses a 15-inch multifunction touch tablet mounted horizontally atop the center stack to manage everything from air conditioning and charging information to the audio and navigation systems. For the driver, speedometer and other critical vehicle information are displayed and easy to read in the top left corner of the screen. With minimal practice, this all-powerful interface works great." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The screen is full of menus and has an impressive level of capability and functionality, but drivers are forced to use the screen in ways that don't always make sense. It's fine for drivers to adjust their mirrors or the height of the steering wheel while they're stopped, but other adjustments that are normally made while driving can become distracting." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Cargo

The Model S has lots of cargo space. It has a 15-cubic-foot trunk and an additional cubby in the front where the engine would typically be located. The trunk space is a shade above average for this class, and with its 60/40 split-folding rear seat, it can accommodate oversized items such as a bicycle. The front cargo area is large enough to hold a small suitcase.

  • "The Model 3's trunk can hold far more than you'd expect thanks to a broad pass-through and fold-flat rear seats like those in an SUV. You'll be able to fit a large mountain bike in easily, for example." -- Edmunds
  • "The Model 3's trunk is deep and would easily swallow two roll-aboard bags and two medium-sized backpacks with room to spare. The rear seats fold down 60/40 style so you can retain one or two rear seats while opening the truck to carry longer things like skis. And the action on all these moving parts feels smooth and sturdy." -- Jalopnik (2018)
  • "The Tesla Model 3 has a trunk opening instead of a Model S-like hatch. … And at 15 cubic feet, with a very low lift-over and 60/40 folding rear seats, it looks hungry for a surfboard or a bike. … Up front, the frunk is precisely sized to hold a carry-on suitcase." -- Motor Trend (2018)
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