Tesla's Model 3 gets best electric car title from Edmunds

Rex Crum, The Mercury News on

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It may not be as hot at the moment as the Cybertruck, but the Tesla Model 3 is nonetheless getting some high praise at the end of this year.

Edmunds, one of the auto industry's leading car shopping and analysis sties, named the Tesla Model 3 the best electric vehicle of 2019. In its assessment, Edmunds evaluated the Model 3 and other cars on their driving ability, comfort, utility, interior and technology. The Model 3 earned an overall score of 8.4 out of 10.

"For $40,000, no other EV (electric vehicle) comes close to matching the Model 3's all-around appeal," Edmunds wrote about the car.

The Model 3 has been Tesla's most-popular vehicle since the first deliveries were made in the summer of 2018. According to Tesla, for 2019, the company has delivered more than 208,000 Model 3 cars through the first three quarters of the year.

Edmunds said that the high points of the Model 3 included its "massive" trunk, as well as its" tight steering, poised handling and instant acceleration" capability. Edmunds added that the because of its dimensions, the Model 3 "feels roomier than many of its competitors."

However, Edmunds said the Model 3 isn't perfect, and criticized the car's 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," Edmunds said.

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