Seems fair enough. I was surprised that they didn't mention that the base Model 3 has a much smaller battery and so slower 0-60 times. Also they made no mention of the Leaf's upcoming larger battery option. In addition, it's a nit to pick, but the Bolt's 1/4 mile time is effected by the fact that the Bolt is speed limited to I think around 90 mph.
We all know DaV8or has issues with the Tesla design on the major center screen having all the car's controls....my humble opinion (having now spent some time in a Model 3) this is a _NON_ issue - I know DaV8or has issues, and will continue to have issues, but I'm confident this will be a minority opinion.I was really, really surprised that they did talk about the Leaf's small info screen and dated interior, but made no mention of Tesla's big ol' iPlank stuck on a log interior and how well they either liked, or disliked driving by touch screen. IMO, the Bolt is nice melding of the Leaf and the Tesla.
I did add some personal opinion commentary about the Tesla display screen, but sadly you missed my point which was, I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned in the article and there was no review of it. If it is as you say, super awesome, a big step forward and the inevitable future, don't you think they aught to have commented on it?We all know DaV8or has issues with the Tesla design on the major center screen having all the car's controls....my humble opinion (having now spent some time in a Model 3) this is a _NON_ issue - I know DaV8or has issues, and will continue to have issues, but I'm confident this will be a minority opinion.
You're welcome not to like it, you're welcome not to buy the car for it - but for the vast majority of buyers this will _NOT_ be an issue that prevents them from being overwhelming satisfied with the car. the center screen is perfectly functional, useable, and presents no major issue with driving or using the car.
I fully understand I will not convince detractors via this post, but let's be clear - the detractors are the minority opinion, most people will view the screen as awesome, a step forward, and it's very very responsive and has best in industry infotainment
to hold out against the trend in this space is like explaining to me that the iPhoneX is doomed because it dropped touchID and the physical keyboard...you're welcome to your opinion - but I doubt it will actually be a problem for the vast majority of people.
In theory yes. If a battery is too small for the size of the motor, the motor will never realize it's maximum potential although I'm not sure this is the case with the Model 3. In the case of the Tesla Model 3, the upsized battery comes with a higher HP motor and I think a different gear ratio. This significantly improves it's 0 to 60 time over the standard battery. It should be noted though, that the standard battery Model 3 is still quicker and faster than both the Bolt and the Leaf. This is due to bigger motor, lower gear ratio, RWD and stickier tires. Lower drag coefficient also enables a higher top speed.Correct my misconceptions: 1) I thought battery size affected only range and not 0-60 time. Is the available power of the motor dependent on the size of the battery?
Agree, it's just nuts to compare head-to-head but then not weight price. Give the win to the $60,500 Model 3? It only wins for those for whom cost is not a factor. How can the Tesla be worth 38% more than the Bolt Premier? With that $17,000, one could buy a 2014 i3 as a second EV.After reading this review, I feel like I picked the winner.
Yeah, that's why I say this comparison review is premature. Someday when there is actually a $36,000 Model 3 available and a Leaf that can go over 200 miles, then it makes sense.Agree, it's just nuts to compare head-to-head but then not weight price. Give the win to the $60,500 Model 3? It only wins for those for whom cost is not a factor. How can the Tesla be worth 38% more than the Bolt Premier? With that $17,000, one could buy a 2014 i3 as a second EV.
The main thing they got right is how central one-pedal driving is to the EV experience. The lack of that feature would preclude our buying a Model 3.
I think that's the point that a lot of commenters have either missed or ignored. Had the comparison been done in a few months using the base model 3 without PUP, EAP, FSD, 19" wheels, 220 mile battery, in black, the results would have been the same. It may have been a few tenths of a second slower but still faster than the rest and may have performed better in the handling department. I agree that based on the owner feedback, the single screen is a non-issue. So the decision comes down to how important are regen and storage. Regen may get tweaked with software in time, but the model 3 will never be a hatchback.The only difference between the Model 3 will range and acceleration - everything else will be identical - so a 36k 4 door cayman will be pretty awesome if that’s what you want.
Yeah, it's surprised me how much I like one-pedal driving. I was a bit ambivalent about it before I got the Bolt, but now I've come to realize that it's really one of the key features of the electric driving experience.Yes. Until I read this article I didn’t realize the 3’s regenerative system was so weak. Even if the low priced model 3 was available, the Bolt’s vastly superior regenerative system wins me over.