2020 Tesla Model 3 Interior


2020 Tesla Model 3 Interior Review


Interior: 7.4

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 has a sleek, stylish interior that simultaneously looks simplistic and modern, while quality materials give it a posh feel. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, though the rear seats might be tight for taller adults. There's a solid amount of trunk space and plenty of technology, but the state-of-the-art infotainment system has some clear strengths and weaknesses.

  • "The Model 3's interior is minimalist and handsome, almost Scandinavian in terms of its look and feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 seats five and comes standard with power-adjustable, heated front seats. Heated rear seats are available.

Up front, the seats are supportive, well-bolstered, and comfortable. The rear seats aren't as roomy, but two adults can ride back there without too much trouble. However, the bottom cushion sits low to the floor, leaving taller passengers in a high-kneed position and without much thigh support. The panoramic glass roof is a decided plus, as it makes the cabin feel open and spacious.

The Model 3 has two full sets of LATCH anchors in the back seat. The lower anchors are set a bit deep in the seat, but this LATCH system is otherwise easy to use.

  • "The Model 3's front seats are comfortable and form-fitting, and there's good legroom and headroom, too. In the back, two occupants can fit comfortably, providing their legs are not too long. The wide, flat floor helps with foot room, and the glass panel roof gives up a few more inches of headroom." -- Autotrader
  • "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

Standard features in the Model 3 include a panoramic glass roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 15-inch touch screen, four USB ports, Bluetooth, and navigation. Available features include a premium 14-speaker sound system, satellite-view maps for the navigation system, in-car internet streaming music and media, and an internet browser.

The ginormous, centrally mounted touch screen – which also serves as the only display in the car, including gauges – has sharp graphics and responds quickly to inputs. However, its large size means it can be distracting at times, and the fact that there are no physical controls for anything means you also have to divert your attention from the road even to change the temperature, radio station, or windshield-wiper speed. What's more, there's no smartphone integration available beyond Bluetooth, meaning you won't find things like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Standard driver assistance features include 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 available, which 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).

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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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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)


The Model S provides 15 cubic feet of trunk space, which is in line with some other luxury hybrid and electric cars. The rear seats fold flat to give you even more space and flexibility. The large trunk opening makes it easy to load items, and there's a front trunk with some additional space. There's also plenty of small-item storage room in the cabin.

  • "Storage areas are numerous throughout the cabin, with a 15-cu ft. cargo bay with additional storage under the load floor. Up front, there's a small cargo hold where an engine usually resides, providing even more storage." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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)

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