Test Drive: 2022 Tesla Model 3

During a recent trip in Chatham, Mass., I had the privilege of driving the 2022 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor AWD, thanks to a generous friend. Traversing the Mid and Outer Cape Cod, the journey was nothing short of impressive.

Key Features and Performance

  • Drive Experience: The Model 3 offers a quiet, powerful, and comfortable drive, easily accommodating up to five passengers and their belongings.
  • EV Revolution: While there have been other EVs both before and after the Model 3, its blend of a vast Tesla charging network, practical size, and affordable pricing sets it apart as a preferred choice for many.
  • Powertrain: The “Dual Motor” signifies AWD capabilities – with one motor at the front delivering 184 hp and 177 lb-ft torque, and the rear motor offering 241 hp with 298 lb-ft torque. Its 82kWh battery allows a range of up to 333 miles, with a quick 20-minute charge adding up to 147 miles of range.
  • Performance: The Model 3’s stats speak for themselves – it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Additionally, its sturdy suspension and efficient steering, coupled with the low center of gravity, ensures a smooth ride even on the most challenging terrains.
Tesla Model 3 Interior

Tech and Interior

  • Driver Assistance: Tesla’s unique approach to Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) relies primarily on cameras. Unlike traditional systems, the Model 3 offers animated graphics for blind-spot monitoring on its central 15-inch touchscreen.
  • Minimalist Interior: With most controls centralized on the 15-inch touchscreen, the Model 3’s cabin is sleek and uncluttered. Whether you’re adjusting the temperature or opening the glove box, voice commands and the touch display simplify the process.
  • User Experience: While there’s a learning curve, the Model 3 remembers your preferences, from seat positions to climate settings.

Ownership and Pricing

Living with the Model 3 seems to be a joy for many. A notable decline in price from $55,990 in 2022 to $47,420 in 2023 makes it even more appealing. Factoring in tax incentives and fuel savings, the effective cost could be as low as $33,240.

Final Thoughts

While the Tesla Model 3 stands out for its performance, expansive charging network, and reliability, potential buyers should note its unique design choices. A test drive is a must to understand if its quirks align with your preferences. If it resonates with you, the Model 3 is undeniably a top contender in the EV market.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.