Tesla delivered its first Model 3 cars to 30 employees late Friday, July 28, at its plant in Fremont, Calif., giving us a glimpse at a lot more details about Tesla's more affordable all-electric vehicles that’s just beginning production.

Consumer Reports thought this was a good time to conduct a side-by-side comparison between the Model 3 and its closest competitor, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, already on sale. We’re not calling any winners until we get our own Model 3 onto our test track, but here are the specs that we can share and compare.

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CategoryChevy Bolt EVTesla Model 3

Base Price (including destination price)

$37,495 ($36,620 MSRP + $875 destination fee)

$36,200 ($35,000 MSRP + $1,200 destination and documentation fees for standard battery);

$45,200 ($44,000 MSRP + $1,200 fees for long-range battery) 

Typically Equipped Price

$39,690 (LT trim, adds Metallic Color, Comfort And Convenience Package, Driver Confidence Package, DC Fast Charging Capability)

$42,200 with standard battery (adds choice of color, Enhanced Autopilot) 

$57,700 with long-range battery (adds choice of color, Premium Upgrades Package, Enhanced Autopilot, 19-inch wheels)


60 kWh lithium-Ion

50 kWh lithium-ion (standard) / 75 kWh (long-range)

Estimated Range

238 miles (EPA estimate)

220 with standard battery, 310 miles with long-range battery, Tesla says; no EPA estimate yet 

Base Curb Weight

3,563 pounds

3,549 pounds (with standard battery)

Wheelbase102.4 inches

113.2 inches

Passenger Capacity


Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty

3 years, 36,000 miles

4 years, 50,000 miles

Battery Warranty

8 years, 100,000 miles

8 years, 100,000 miles (for standard battery); 8 years, 120,000 miles (for long-range battery)

Powertrain Warranty

5 years, 100,000 miles

4 years, 50,000 miles

Free Car Maintenance

2 years, 24,000 miles (2 visits)


Roadside Assistance Length of Service

5 years, 60,000 miles4 years, 50,000 miles

Overall Length

164 inches

184.8 inches

Overall Height

62.9 inches

56.8 inches

Overall Width

69.5 inches

72.8 inches

Drive Type

Front-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive with single motor (first production models); dual motor with all-wheel drive will come in 2018

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Crash-Test RatingsNot tested yetNot tested yet; “Designed to achieve 5-Star Safety Rating,” Tesla site says

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Crash-Test Ratings

Good ratings for small overlap, moderate overlap, side impact, roof strength, head-restraint and seats tests; front crash prevention rated Superior with optional equipmentNot tested yet

Can I Get One Today?

Yes; More than 5,000 listed for sale on Cars.com, from $32,000 to $48,000

No; Tesla says “reserve your Model 3 today for delivery in 12 to 18 months.” If you’ve already placed an order, Tesla is building long-range battery models with premium package first, and expects to start delivery of these to customers beginning in October. Standard battery models will start production in November, with delivery expected to start in mid-December. Earlier this summer, CEO Elon Musk says Tesla hopes to have production running at 20,000 cars a month by the end of the year.

0-60 mph Speed

Less than 6.5 seconds, Chevrolet says

5.1 seconds (with long-range battery), 5.6 seconds (with standard battery), Tesla says

Top Speed

93 mph (software limited)

130 mph with standard battery, 140 mph with long-range battery, Tesla says

Recharging Time

Level 1 (home outlets or 120 volts): 4 miles per hour of charging according to Chevy;

Level 2, or 240-volt system: 25 miles per hour of charging;

Level 3 (DC Fast Charging): 90 miles in about 30 minutes

Standard battery:

Level 1: est. 3 miles of range per hour

Level 2: 30 miles of range per hour

Supercharging rate: 130 miles of range per 30 minutes

Long-range battery:

Level 1: about 3 miles of range per hour

Level 2: 37 miles of range per hour

Supercharging rate: 170 miles of range per 30 minutes

High-Tech Safety Systems

Backup camera standard; forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking not available on base LT trim, available on Premier trim; rear cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot monitor system available

Backup camera standard; 8 cameras, forward radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors enable forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard

Infotainment Screen Size

10.2-inch diagonal color touchscreen and 8-inch diagonal driver cluster. 

15-inch touchscreen display


4G LTE and WiFi hotspot by Onstar. No onboard navigation except with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto or Onstar turn-by-turn navigation without map.

Comes with My Chevrolet/Onstar Remote app and keypass

Onboard maps and navigation; WiFi and LTE cellular connectivity.

No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Tesla App for smartphone control. 


Traditional Key, Keypass Bluetooth access and Onstar smartphone access for limited function (lock/unlock/climate)

No traditional key. Your smartphone will be the key and near-field communication (NFC) cards will be provided to be used as keys.

Climate Control

Single zone

Dual zone

Wheel Size


18-inch standard; 19-inch optional

Chevrolet, Tesla, IIHS, NHTSA, EPA, Cars.com
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Correction: An earlier version of this story said that the top speed for Tesla Model 3 with the standard battery was 140 mph, and the top speed for the version with the long-range battery was 150 mph. The correct speeds are 130 mph and 140 mph, respectively.