Since its release, the Tesla Model 3 has generally received positive reviews from professional critics and enthusiasts alike. These reviews help the vehicle greatly, especially since Tesla relies on word of mouth due to the company’s stance against traditional ads. This means that one of the Model 3’s best chances of success is how well it is received by reviewers and owners.
As the Model 3 is about to enter the Japanese market, the vehicle was recently reviewed by automotive critic Hitoshi Sezai of the local automotive publication. Motor-Fan.jp. During his time with the vehicle, the automotive veteran found the Model 3 to be a completely different car than anything currently available on the market today. Sezai’s test unit was a Long Range Model 3 RWD, the first iteration of the vehicle released in the United States. In his review, the car reviewer especially noticed the Model 3’s infotainment display, which contains the vast majority of vehicle functions.
Sezai compared the Model 3’s display experience to his first impressions of the Apple iPad. According to the reviewer, when he first used an iPad, there was something immediately familiar and exciting about the system and the way it freed users from the “Windows mess”. This experience, Sezai noted, resonates with the Model 3, as the vehicle makes drivers feel like they are “in touch with a next-gen car.”
The reviewer also pointed out how the Model 3 is different from other electric vehicles on the market. Using the best-selling Nissan Leaf as an example, Sezai said EVs are typically vehicles in “familiar packaging.” That is, they look like ordinary cars whose motors have been replaced by electric motors. This was not the case with the Model 3, which makes the sedan very exciting to drive. “Model 3 is a different thing. That excitement alone must be worth buying this car, ”wrote the reviewer.
The reviewer admitted it took a while to get to grips with the vehicle’s regenerative braking system (he was much more comfortable with a standard setting), although he noted that the response and the Model 3 acceleration was flawless. According to Sezai, Model 3’s acceleration almost feels like stepping out of an amusement park: quiet and very, very fast.
Most of the comments from car reviewers on the Model 3 mirror those of reviews from enthusiasts who have recently experienced the vehicle. Earlier this month, Japanese EV enthusiasts who were able to test drive the Model 3 praised the vehicle for its new automated features and all-electric performance, which some critics noted as superior to gasoline-powered cars. Tesla, for its part, began its promotional efforts in Japan, displaying the vehicle in several key cities.
The Tesla Model 3 is a top-selling vehicle in the United States, overtaking its competitors in the premium sedan segment such as the BMW M3. Considering the enthusiasm for the vehicle in countries such as Japan and South Korea, it looks like the Model 3 has a good chance of making an impact in the Asian region as well. In South Korea, for example, the Model 3 began to attract large groups of people after it became available in the country, especially after its starting price was lowered to around $ 26,500 when national subsidies and selected locales are included.