As per edmunds press release, they also stated that "… recent updates, such as wireless smartphone charging, extra range and a new power-operated trunk, have helped keep the Model 3 fresh. But it's the quiet, spacious and comfortable cabin that remains core to this sedan's appeal. This is an impressively easy and comfortable car to drive every day."
"Our three-time EV winner, the Model 3 still ranks above the rest thanks to its comfortable cabin, fun driving dynamics and Tesla's excellent charging infrastructure", the article continues. Edmunds basically says that the Model 3 also "stands out with its sharp handling and strong performance no matter what trim you choose. Go for the Model 3 Long Range and you'll enjoy one of the longest ranges of any EV Edmunds has tested. In our standardized test, the Long Range made it 345 miles on a full charge."
As everyone knows, the Model 3 is an electric fastback mid-size four-door sedan developed by Tesla. The base Model 3 delivers an EPA-rated all-electric range of 272 miles (438 km) and the Long Range version delivers 358 miles (576 km). The Model 3 carries full self-driving hardware, with periodic software updates adding functionality.
The Model 3 was marketed as being more affordable to more people than previous models by Tesla. Since early 2020, the Model 3 is the best-selling electric car in world history, and, in June 2021, became the first electric car to pass the 1 million global sales milestone. The Model 3 has been the world's top selling plug-in electric car (PEV) for three years running, from 2018 to 2020. It has also been the best-selling PEV in the United States for three consecutive years, 2018 to 2020, the top selling PEV in Europe in 2019, and the best-selling PEV in China in 2020.
It also has a long string of awards: Popular Mechanics named the Tesla Model 3 as the magazine's 2018 Car of the Year. Model 3 was given the 2018 Design of the Year award by Automobile magazine. In the United Kingdom, the Model 3 was named 2019 Car of the Year by Auto Express magazine, and 2020 Car of the Year by Parkers magazine, where it was also named "Best Electric Car" and "Best Company Car", and won the "Best Safety" award for any vehicle on the market. The Model 3 won best mid-size car in the 2019 Das Goldene Lenkrad Golden Steering Wheel awards.
The list goes on. As we said at the beginning, the Model 3 was named the top-rated electric car of 2019 by Edmunds.com, as well as being named Edmunds' top-rated Luxury Electric Vehicle for 2020 (and now again in 2021). Then in late 2019, it was also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. It also won Car of the Year in Denmark, Car of the Year 2020 in Norway, and Swiss Car of the Year 2020.
Moreover, the Model 3 was named as UK Car of the Year 2020 by a panel of 29 motoring journalists. The director of the awards stated that the car's "technology, performance and range" were converting opinions in favor of electric vehicles. The car was chosen as one of the Top 10 Tech Cars by the IEEE in 2018. In January 2021, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus was named Large Electric Car of the Year by What Car? magazine. What Car? awarded the Model 3 five stars out of five in its review of the car.
Yesterday in an article right here on torquenews we announced that the Tesla Model 3 was on the path to become the best selling 2021 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) both in Germany and France, beating local brands for the first time, and that it was also the best selling 2021 BEV in the UK.
Bright future for the Model 3, indeed.
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Nico Caballero is the VP of Finance of Cogency Power, specializing in solar energy. He also holds a Diploma in Electric Cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and enjoys doing research about Tesla and EV batteries. He can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers Tesla and electric vehicle latest happenings at Torque News.