We drove a $58,000 Tesla Model 3 and were blown away by its minimalistic design and high-tech features. Here's what else impressed us. (TSLA)

Tesla Model 3

  • The Model 3 is Tesla’s first foray into the mass market.
  • The Tesla Model 3 starts at $35,000. However, the smaller battery pack need for the base Model 3 won’t be in production until the end of the year.
  • Currently, only the $44,000 longer range Model 3 is available. Our test car’s as-tested price is $57,500.
  • The Model 3 is packed with really interesting features such as a minimalist interior, advanced infotainment, and Tesla Autopilot. 

There have been few cars more sought after in recent memory than the Tesla Model 3. It’s Tesla’s first foray into the mass market after dominating the luxury electric vehicle segment for much of the past decade.

Recently, Business Insider had the chance to spend a few hours with a brand new Model 3 on the road in and around New York City. 

We’ve had the chance to spend time with both the Model S and the Model X. So we were quite keen to get our hands on the Model 3.

The standard Model 3 with 220 miles of range starts at $35,000. But the smaller battery pack for the 220-mile version won’t be in production until the end of the year. As a result, Tesla is currently delivering only the top spec edition with 310 miles of range. Our longer range test car started at $44,000, but with additional options cost $57,500.

A $78,000 all-wheel-drive, high-performance version of the Model 3 will soon be available as well. 

As you may expect, Tesla packed its most “affordable” offering to date with more than a few really cool and interesting features. These range from a striking minimalist interior to its app-based control system. 

Here’s a rundown of just some of the most impressive features available on the Tesla Model 3.

1. The Tesla Model 3’s minimalist interior. It’s virtually devoid of buttons. The design is simple, functional, and easily upgradeable in the future.

2. Almost everything runs through the Model 3’s massive 15-inch central touchscreen infotainment display. This system is effectively the brain of the car. It also replaces the instrument cluster.

3. The Model FM and internet streaming radio was designed and developed in-house by Tesla. It sounds terrific.

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