Is it worth buying a Tesla Model 3 for 40,000 dollars?

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3

Shifting and Steering Operations

The all-new Tesla Model 3 adopts an innovative design, completing shifting by sliding on the smart screen. Frankly, I find this design not only impractical but also poses safety risks. Forcing users to change their operating habits may lead to potential safety issues. Although some may argue that one can adapt over time, I believe this is not addressing the root of the problem. We should pay more attention to logic and safety. Take skydiving as an example; opening a parachute is typically done by pulling a cord. If, during a jump, one had to touch a touchscreen to press a button to open the parachute, would that be considered safe? Additionally, the mode of adjusting the turn signal has shifted from the traditional gear lever to a more intricate button, which is both inconvenient and unsafe. Another complaint worth mentioning is that the car emblem on the steering wheel has been omitted, clearly a cost-cutting measure.

Driving and Riding Experience

The in-car sound insulation has significantly improved, though the improvement may not be colossal, it is noticeable compared to the older model. The chassis has become more comfortable, and the enhancement in comfort has not compromised the handling. Within this price range, its handling still stands out. If you are a pure enthusiast with a passion for driving, it remains a vehicle worth considering.

However, the design of the rear seats presents some issues. Honestly speaking, the comfort of the rear seats is notably poor, and finding a comfortable seating position is challenging due to the overly upright backrest angle. Additionally, the lower position of the rear screen requires passengers to look down, causing a potential sensation of dizziness or discomfort, even with simple adjustments such as air conditioning. Therefore, for features like video playback, this design appears to be rather lackluster.

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3


Let’s test the range again. The estimated mileage is 422 kilometers, with the air conditioning set at 23 degrees. After the journey, the final result is 410 kilometers with an average energy consumption of 13.4. I am quite satisfied with this result, especially considering that part of the test involved driving on the Beijing Ring Road at speeds ranging from 80 to 100. Therefore, if you use this car for city commuting, it can easily achieve a range of over 420 kilometers.


In summary, if you are someone who loves driving and has high demands for handling, you may consider this car. Among models in the same price range, it indeed stands out in terms of driving experience. However, if you can wait a bit longer, I believe the price of this car might decrease. In my opinion, a price just above 20,000 would better align with its actual value.

If your primary use is for family purposes, especially if you are already married with children, I think an SUV in the same price range may be more suitable for you. These 800-volt electric cars, whether in terms of space configuration, range, or charging, are generally more powerful than this model.

How long does it take to charge a tesla model 3 at home?

If the Tesla model 3 is charged at home using a household voltage, it will take about more than 10 to 12 hours to be fully charged. If it is charged using a super charger, it will only take about 1.5 hours to be fully charged. Different charging methods are required. The length of time is changing more and more.

Tesla Model 3 Charging Details

Charging time for a Tesla Model 3

The table below shows the estimated time to charge your Tesla Model 3 from empty to full. For rapid charging, we show the time to charge from 20% – 80%, as charging tends to slow outside this range to protect the battery.

Charging methodTypically found atCharging time*Range/hour**
Empty to full
3-pin plugHome24 – 36 h9 – 10 m/h
3.6kWHome / Work15 – 22 h14 – 17 m/h
7kWHome / Work / Public Locations8 – 12 h27 – 32 m/h
22kWWork / Public Locations5 – 8 h42 – 50 m/h
50kWPublic Locations40 – 60 min96 – 113 m/30 min
150kWPublic Locations20 min288 – 339 m/30 min
Tesla Model 3 at home

* Based on Pod Point estimates, charging time can differ based on the ambient temperature, the state of the battery (e.g. empty or half full) and variation in charging rate. Max charging rate may also be limited by the vehicle.
** Range per hour is the number of miles you can expect to get from an hour of charging at the relevant rate.