Tesla Model 3 named Popular Mechanics’ Car of the Year
Popular Mechanics has named Tesla’s Model 3 as its Car of the Year.
Automotive editor Ezra Dyer said, “The demand makes sense. I try to reserve judgment on any car until I drive it, but the Model 3 sure looks good on paper.
Tesla (TSLA) claims zero-to-60 miles in the five-second range-unofficially, the first owners are getting into the fours…
The autonomy is reliable and pleasantly novel, but I learn that it’s more fun to do the driving myself, sandbagging in the middle lane and then mashing the throttle to revel in that gush of acceleration.
With 271 horsepower, the Model 3 doesn’t quite rearrange your internal organs like a Model S, but it’s still ferocious… It’s thrilling, but the Model 3 isn’t perfect. I’d like a heads-up display, some way to put the speedometer in my line of sight.
And there are some places where you can see the cost-cutting, like in the rear trunk, where there’s no trim panel up top, just bare metal and cutouts for the speakers that would be there if you had ordered the premium sound system. But I think I could live with such compromises.
In fact, I know I can, because when I get home, I do something that I’ve never done with any of the other thousands of cars I’ve tested: I put down a deposit.”
TSLA closed at $257.78
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