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Detailed review of my M3LR after the first three months of ownership and a few cosmetic modifications

It’s been about 3 months since I bought a Model 3 Long Range. I started my EV journey in 2018 with a Volt, loved that car but became addicted to being in EV mode and was honestly annoyed whenever the ICE kicked in. So in 2020 I took advantage of crazy low prices and traded for a Bolt. I’d always wanted a Tesla but figured the Bolt would be good enough. It mostly was but road trip charging speed was annoying. After I got some raises at work and took a closer look at my finances, I realized I could comfortably afford what I’d always wanted. So I took delivery of this beautiful car! Here’s a list of things I like, don’t like, quirks that don’t go either way, and the small list of modifications I’ve done:

Things I Like:

Speed. I know it’s a cliche (with EVs in general, but specifically Teslas) but the first time I put the hammer down I was in love. Considering prior to this the quickest car I’d owned was the Bolt I traded for it, being impressed was inevitable.

Styling. I know this is subjective, but I really do love the exterior and interior. The butt is I guess just ok, however the nose is very much my jam. Just a great looking sedan. I do like the aero covers, but the wheels hiding underneath look even more amazing. Inside I’m just as happy. I thought I’d hate the wood grain but it’s subdued enough to where I don’t mind it. The seats feel great, but I thought my Bolt was comfy too… 🤷‍♀️ Apparently I’m just easy to please.

I love the tablet display. Was worried about missing a dash but turns out nope! Everything feels pretty fluid (even on my non-Ryzen cpu) and responsive. I’ve not had any trouble figuring out where to go for something or having it screw up. Auto brightness works pretty well. I don’t know what else to say, it just runs great.

Build quality. I was terrified when I picked it up because of everything I’d been led to believe. So here I am, waiting for the sales guy to get things straight with my bank and I’m going over everything with a fine tooth comb. Realized two things. First, I’ve never done this with literally any car I bought, I just looked for obvious stuff and went. Second, everything was fine, I didn’t need to freak out. It looked like… a car.

One pedal driving. Feels way better than in my Bolt. Knowing my brake lights are on is reassuring and the click when the hold engages is oddly satisfying.
General driving. It honestly just feels nice to drive. Quieter than the Bolt, having an unobstructed dash, and comfy seats make me long for summer and long trips. The combo of the dash and something about the hood design makes it feel like you can see everything in front of you.

Autopilot on interstates or the stroad to my work. It’s so magical when it works. Granted my route to work is literally a 2.5 mile straight 4 lane road with stop and go traffic, but throwing it in autopilot and just monitoring things is really cool. The few interstate trips I did were equally cool, it’ll definitely make coming home after a long day trip easier.

App is fantastic. Especially coming from the awful MyChevy app. Being able to set temps, individual seat heaters, and the steering wheel heater is great. I wish it loaded a bit faster but considering what I came from I’ll take it.

Phone key. God this is so convenient. I have the key card in my wallet but it’s so handy walking up to my car, getting in, pushing the brake and shifting to go. Get in and go. Same with leaving, though it did take getting used to shifting to park and just getting out.

Sentry mode. It’s just handy knowing I can always see what’s going on around my car. Even if it’s turned off I can flip it on through the app and check on things.

Lastly, seat heaters. Jesus they’re toasty. Much more so than the Bolt and Volt

Things I Don’t like:

Autopilot on two lane highways. It’s finicky here. Not the most fun experience. Maybe helped by software in the future but who knows. The vast majority of my driving is either city or interstate so this isn’t a giant deal.

V11 software layout. I would’ve loved to had the layout of the versions before. Not super unusable but definitely inferior.

Reverb. It’s definitely present, but I got used to it. Seems to go away with more than two passengers. And randomly it goes away when I’m alone so idk.

Turning. Coming from a Fiesta, then a Focus, then a Bolt (can’t remember how the Volt handled for whatever reason) this thing is a pig. Obviously I’m not used to bigger cars but damn this turning circle is huge

Meh/Other:

Sound system. Like, it’s good. But not really better than what I’m used to. The subwoofer is a nice addition but I wasn’t blown away.

Stock interior lights. Weak as all hell. I honestly didn’t realize I had footwell lights until I was browsing accessories.

Fans. I really wish there was a fan-only mode for the awkward temps between winter and summer when I want airflow but don’t need any climate. I’ve since learned to just use auto settings

Set charging speed. Unless I’m crazy this thing never sticks. It literally doesn’t matter since I’m running off the mobile connector with a 14-50 plug on a 40A fuse but it’s odd that whenever I look at charging settings they’re at the default 48A.

Reduced/no regen in cold weather. Even without the snowflake icon it seems very common I have no regen in coldish temps. I guess Tesla knows better than me on battery health but it’s so odd coming from the Bolt where it was happy to take in regen literally any time but at full charge.

The frunk exists.

Modifications:

Replaced footwell lights with brighter and purpler ones (Abstract Ocean)

Replaced trunk lights with brighter ones (AO)

Lighted door sills (Hansshow)

Matte black emblems and lettering (EV Pug on Etsy)

And that’s really it. Haven’t really found a need for the millions of accessories I normally see recommended on YouTube/Reddit/Anywhere

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It’s been about 3 months since I bought a Model 3 Long Range. I started my EV journey in 2018 with a Volt, loved that car but became addicted to being in EV mode and was honestly annoyed whenever the ICE kicked in. So in 2020 I took advantage of crazy low prices and traded for a Bolt. I’d always wanted a Tesla but figured the Bolt would be good enough. It mostly was but road trip charging speed was annoying. After I got some raises at work and took a closer look at my finances, I realized I could comfortably afford what I’d always wanted. So I took delivery of this beautiful car! Here’s a list of things I like, don’t like, quirks that don’t go either way, and the small list of modifications I’ve done:

Things I Like:

Speed. I know it’s a cliche (with EVs in general, but specifically Teslas) but the first time I put the hammer down I was in love. Considering prior to this the quickest car I’d owned was the Bolt I traded for it, being impressed was inevitable.

Styling. I know this is subjective, but I really do love the exterior and interior. The butt is I guess just ok, however the nose is very much my jam. Just a great looking sedan. I do like the aero covers, but the wheels hiding underneath look even more amazing. Inside I’m just as happy. I thought I’d hate the wood grain but it’s subdued enough to where I don’t mind it. The seats feel great, but I thought my Bolt was comfy too… 🤷‍♀️ Apparently I’m just easy to please.

I love the tablet display. Was worried about missing a dash but turns out nope! Everything feels pretty fluid (even on my non-Ryzen cpu) and responsive. I’ve not had any trouble figuring out where to go for something or having it screw up. Auto brightness works pretty well. I don’t know what else to say, it just runs great.

Build quality. I was terrified when I picked it up because of everything I’d been led to believe. So here I am, waiting for the sales guy to get things straight with my bank and I’m going over everything with a fine tooth comb. Realized two things. First, I’ve never done this with literally any car I bought, I just looked for obvious stuff and went. Second, everything was fine, I didn’t need to freak out. It looked like… a car.

One pedal driving. Feels way better than in my Bolt. Knowing my brake lights are on is reassuring and the click when the hold engages is oddly satisfying.
General driving. It honestly just feels nice to drive. Quieter than the Bolt, having an unobstructed dash, and comfy seats make me long for summer and long trips. The combo of the dash and something about the hood design makes it feel like you can see everything in front of you.

Autopilot on interstates or the stroad to my work. It’s so magical when it works. Granted my route to work is literally a 2.5 mile straight 4 lane road with stop and go traffic, but throwing it in autopilot and just monitoring things is really cool. The few interstate trips I did were equally cool, it’ll definitely make coming home after a long day trip easier.

App is fantastic. Especially coming from the awful MyChevy app. Being able to set temps, individual seat heaters, and the steering wheel heater is great. I wish it loaded a bit faster but considering what I came from I’ll take it.

Phone key. God this is so convenient. I have the key card in my wallet but it’s so handy walking up to my car, getting in, pushing the brake and shifting to go. Get in and go. Same with leaving, though it did take getting used to shifting to park and just getting out.

Sentry mode. It’s just handy knowing I can always see what’s going on around my car. Even if it’s turned off I can flip it on through the app and check on things.

Lastly, seat heaters. Jesus they’re toasty. Much more so than the Bolt and Volt

Things I Don’t like:

Autopilot on two lane highways. It’s finicky here. Not the most fun experience. Maybe helped by software in the future but who knows. The vast majority of my driving is either city or interstate so this isn’t a giant deal.

V11 software layout. I would’ve loved to had the layout of the versions before. Not super unusable but definitely inferior.

Reverb. It’s definitely present, but I got used to it. Seems to go away with more than two passengers. And randomly it goes away when I’m alone so idk.

Turning. Coming from a Fiesta, then a Focus, then a Bolt (can’t remember how the Volt handled for whatever reason) this thing is a pig. Obviously I’m not used to bigger cars but damn this turning circle is huge

Meh/Other:

Sound system. Like, it’s good. But not really better than what I’m used to. The subwoofer is a nice addition but I wasn’t blown away.

Stock interior lights. Weak as all hell. I honestly didn’t realize I had footwell lights until I was browsing accessories.

Fans. I really wish there was a fan-only mode for the awkward temps between winter and summer when I want airflow but don’t need any climate. I’ve since learned to just use auto settings

Set charging speed. Unless I’m crazy this thing never sticks. It literally doesn’t matter since I’m running off the mobile connector with a 14-50 plug on a 40A fuse but it’s odd that whenever I look at charging settings they’re at the default 48A.

Reduced/no regen in cold weather. Even without the snowflake icon it seems very common I have no regen in coldish temps. I guess Tesla knows better than me on battery health but it’s so odd coming from the Bolt where it was happy to take in regen literally any time but at full charge.

The frunk exists.

Modifications:

Replaced footwell lights with brighter and purpler ones (Abstract Ocean)

Replaced trunk lights with brighter ones (AO)

Lighted door sills (Hansshow)

Matte black emblems and lettering (EV Pug on Etsy)

And that’s really it. Haven’t really found a need for the millions of accessories I normally see recommended on YouTube/Reddit/Anywhere

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It’s been about 3 months since I bought a Model 3 Long Range. I started my EV journey in 2018 with a Volt, loved that car but became addicted to being in EV mode and was honestly annoyed whenever the ICE kicked in. So in 2020 I took advantage of crazy low prices and traded for a Bolt. I’d always wanted a Tesla but figured the Bolt would be good enough. It mostly was but road trip charging speed was annoying. After I got some raises at work and took a closer look at my finances, I realized I could comfortably afford what I’d always wanted. So I took delivery of this beautiful car! Here’s a list of things I like, don’t like, quirks that don’t go either way, and the small list of modifications I’ve done:

Things I Like:

Speed. I know it’s a cliche (with EVs in general, but specifically Teslas) but the first time I put the hammer down I was in love. Considering prior to this the quickest car I’d owned was the Bolt I traded for it, being impressed was inevitable.

Styling. I know this is subjective, but I really do love the exterior and interior. The butt is I guess just ok, however the nose is very much my jam. Just a great looking sedan. I do like the aero covers, but the wheels hiding underneath look even more amazing. Inside I’m just as happy. I thought I’d hate the wood grain but it’s subdued enough to where I don’t mind it. The seats feel great, but I thought my Bolt was comfy too… 🤷‍♀️ Apparently I’m just easy to please.

I love the tablet display. Was worried about missing a dash but turns out nope! Everything feels pretty fluid (even on my non-Ryzen cpu) and responsive. I’ve not had any trouble figuring out where to go for something or having it screw up. Auto brightness works pretty well. I don’t know what else to say, it just runs great.

Build quality. I was terrified when I picked it up because of everything I’d been led to believe. So here I am, waiting for the sales guy to get things straight with my bank and I’m going over everything with a fine tooth comb. Realized two things. First, I’ve never done this with literally any car I bought, I just looked for obvious stuff and went. Second, everything was fine, I didn’t need to freak out. It looked like… a car.

One pedal driving. Feels way better than in my Bolt. Knowing my brake lights are on is reassuring and the click when the hold engages is oddly satisfying.
General driving. It honestly just feels nice to drive. Quieter than the Bolt, having an unobstructed dash, and comfy seats make me long for summer and long trips. The combo of the dash and something about the hood design makes it feel like you can see everything in front of you.

Autopilot on interstates or the stroad to my work. It’s so magical when it works. Granted my route to work is literally a 2.5 mile straight 4 lane road with stop and go traffic, but throwing it in autopilot and just monitoring things is really cool. The few interstate trips I did were equally cool, it’ll definitely make coming home after a long day trip easier.

App is fantastic. Especially coming from the awful MyChevy app. Being able to set temps, individual seat heaters, and the steering wheel heater is great. I wish it loaded a bit faster but considering what I came from I’ll take it.

Phone key. God this is so convenient. I have the key card in my wallet but it’s so handy walking up to my car, getting in, pushing the brake and shifting to go. Get in and go. Same with leaving, though it did take getting used to shifting to park and just getting out.

Sentry mode. It’s just handy knowing I can always see what’s going on around my car. Even if it’s turned off I can flip it on through the app and check on things.

Lastly, seat heaters. Jesus they’re toasty. Much more so than the Bolt and Volt

Things I Don’t like:

Autopilot on two lane highways. It’s finicky here. Not the most fun experience. Maybe helped by software in the future but who knows. The vast majority of my driving is either city or interstate so this isn’t a giant deal.

V11 software layout. I would’ve loved to had the layout of the versions before. Not super unusable but definitely inferior.

Reverb. It’s definitely present, but I got used to it. Seems to go away with more than two passengers. And randomly it goes away when I’m alone so idk.

Turning. Coming from a Fiesta, then a Focus, then a Bolt (can’t remember how the Volt handled for whatever reason) this thing is a pig. Obviously I’m not used to bigger cars but damn this turning circle is huge

Meh/Other:

Sound system. Like, it’s good. But not really better than what I’m used to. The subwoofer is a nice addition but I wasn’t blown away.

Stock interior lights. Weak as all hell. I honestly didn’t realize I had footwell lights until I was browsing accessories.

Fans. I really wish there was a fan-only mode for the awkward temps between winter and summer when I want airflow but don’t need any climate. I’ve since learned to just use auto settings

Set charging speed. Unless I’m crazy this thing never sticks. It literally doesn’t matter since I’m running off the mobile connector with a 14-50 plug on a 40A fuse but it’s odd that whenever I look at charging settings they’re at the default 48A.

Reduced/no regen in cold weather. Even without the snowflake icon it seems very common I have no regen in coldish temps. I guess Tesla knows better than me on battery health but it’s so odd coming from the Bolt where it was happy to take in regen literally any time but at full charge.

The frunk exists.

Modifications:

Replaced footwell lights with brighter and purpler ones (Abstract Ocean)

Replaced trunk lights with brighter ones (AO)

Lighted door sills (Hansshow)

Matte black emblems and lettering (EV Pug on Etsy)

And that’s really it. Haven’t really found a need for the millions of accessories I normally see recommended on YouTube/Reddit/Anywhere

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Great review! I too had a Volt and felt the same way about it. Great in EV mode but gas was.....well you know. It honestly is truly gives the best of both worlds though. If the volt had a 200 mile range battery, 300+hp, with the same generator it would've been 20 times better. I had the first and second gen Volt as well. Glad you're happy with the Tesla. Im scheduled to get mine this saturday and can't wait!
 
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It’s been about 3 months since I bought a Model 3 Long Range. I started my EV journey in 2018 with a Volt, loved that car but became addicted to being in EV mode and was honestly annoyed whenever the ICE kicked in. So in 2020 I took advantage of crazy low prices and traded for a Bolt. I’d always wanted a Tesla but figured the Bolt would be good enough. It mostly was but road trip charging speed was annoying. After I got some raises at work and took a closer look at my finances, I realized I could comfortably afford what I’d always wanted. So I took delivery of this beautiful car! Here’s a list of things I like, don’t like, quirks that don’t go either way, and the small list of modifications I’ve done:

Things I Like:

Speed. I know it’s a cliche (with EVs in general, but specifically Teslas) but the first time I put the hammer down I was in love. Considering prior to this the quickest car I’d owned was the Bolt I traded for it, being impressed was inevitable.

Styling. I know this is subjective, but I really do love the exterior and interior. The butt is I guess just ok, however the nose is very much my jam. Just a great looking sedan. I do like the aero covers, but the wheels hiding underneath look even more amazing. Inside I’m just as happy. I thought I’d hate the wood grain but it’s subdued enough to where I don’t mind it. The seats feel great, but I thought my Bolt was comfy too… 🤷‍♀️ Apparently I’m just easy to please.

I love the tablet display. Was worried about missing a dash but turns out nope! Everything feels pretty fluid (even on my non-Ryzen cpu) and responsive. I’ve not had any trouble figuring out where to go for something or having it screw up. Auto brightness works pretty well. I don’t know what else to say, it just runs great.

Build quality. I was terrified when I picked it up because of everything I’d been led to believe. So here I am, waiting for the sales guy to get things straight with my bank and I’m going over everything with a fine tooth comb. Realized two things. First, I’ve never done this with literally any car I bought, I just looked for obvious stuff and went. Second, everything was fine, I didn’t need to freak out. It looked like… a car.

One pedal driving. Feels way better than in my Bolt. Knowing my brake lights are on is reassuring and the click when the hold engages is oddly satisfying.
General driving. It honestly just feels nice to drive. Quieter than the Bolt, having an unobstructed dash, and comfy seats make me long for summer and long trips. The combo of the dash and something about the hood design makes it feel like you can see everything in front of you.

Autopilot on interstates or the stroad to my work. It’s so magical when it works. Granted my route to work is literally a 2.5 mile straight 4 lane road with stop and go traffic, but throwing it in autopilot and just monitoring things is really cool. The few interstate trips I did were equally cool, it’ll definitely make coming home after a long day trip easier.

App is fantastic. Especially coming from the awful MyChevy app. Being able to set temps, individual seat heaters, and the steering wheel heater is great. I wish it loaded a bit faster but considering what I came from I’ll take it.

Phone key. God this is so convenient. I have the key card in my wallet but it’s so handy walking up to my car, getting in, pushing the brake and shifting to go. Get in and go. Same with leaving, though it did take getting used to shifting to park and just getting out.

Sentry mode. It’s just handy knowing I can always see what’s going on around my car. Even if it’s turned off I can flip it on through the app and check on things.

Lastly, seat heaters. Jesus they’re toasty. Much more so than the Bolt and Volt

Things I Don’t like:

Autopilot on two lane highways. It’s finicky here. Not the most fun experience. Maybe helped by software in the future but who knows. The vast majority of my driving is either city or interstate so this isn’t a giant deal.

V11 software layout. I would’ve loved to had the layout of the versions before. Not super unusable but definitely inferior.

Reverb. It’s definitely present, but I got used to it. Seems to go away with more than two passengers. And randomly it goes away when I’m alone so idk.

Turning. Coming from a Fiesta, then a Focus, then a Bolt (can’t remember how the Volt handled for whatever reason) this thing is a pig. Obviously I’m not used to bigger cars but damn this turning circle is huge

Meh/Other:

Sound system. Like, it’s good. But not really better than what I’m used to. The subwoofer is a nice addition but I wasn’t blown away.

Stock interior lights. Weak as all hell. I honestly didn’t realize I had footwell lights until I was browsing accessories.

Fans. I really wish there was a fan-only mode for the awkward temps between winter and summer when I want airflow but don’t need any climate. I’ve since learned to just use auto settings

Set charging speed. Unless I’m crazy this thing never sticks. It literally doesn’t matter since I’m running off the mobile connector with a 14-50 plug on a 40A fuse but it’s odd that whenever I look at charging settings they’re at the default 48A.

Reduced/no regen in cold weather. Even without the snowflake icon it seems very common I have no regen in coldish temps. I guess Tesla knows better than me on battery health but it’s so odd coming from the Bolt where it was happy to take in regen literally any time but at full charge.

The frunk exists.

Modifications:

Replaced footwell lights with brighter and purpler ones (Abstract Ocean)

Replaced trunk lights with brighter ones (AO)

Lighted door sills (Hansshow)

Matte black emblems and lettering (EV Pug on Etsy)

And that’s really it. Haven’t really found a need for the millions of accessories I normally see recommended on YouTube/Reddit/Anywhere

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Great review 😀
 
As a pretty recent M3P owner, I recognize myself in a lot of what you say. Overall I'm super, super happy with my car.
When you say turning is poor I assuming you are referring to the turning circle rather than cornering right? I come from BMWs which I very much enjoyed to drive, but with the Tesla while different, and perhaps noticeable heavier, I find it so much more planted. Also, I find that regen kicking in at corner entry adds to that feeling of being really grounded, whereas an automatic ICE would sometimes enter corners kinda loose.
 
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Nice review, yeah the turning radius seems to be about double that of my Lexus is250 but only slightly worse than my Mini Cooper and right on par with my BMW 335. It's an inevitable consequence of FWD that is aggravated by the very long wheelbase.

And auto climate is your friend. Set the temp you want and don't worry about whether or not the AC or heat is "on". It only uses as much power as necessary to provide the temp you like. And on those perfect days you can just long press the icon to turn off the fan and enjoy the silence - tap again to turn it back on.
 
As a pretty recent M3P owner, I recognize myself in a lot of what you say. Overall I'm super, super happy with my car.
When you say turning is poor I assuming you are referring to the turning circle rather than cornering right? I come from BMWs which I very much enjoyed to drive, but with the Tesla while different, and perhaps noticeable heavier, I find it so much more planted. Also, I find that regen kicking in at corner entry adds to that feeling of being really grounded, whereas an automatic ICE would sometimes enter corners kinda loose.

Yes, turning circle. It handles great! Just feels like I’m turning a 747 when I’m in tight spaces


Setting climate "Auto" off and "A/C" off and then adjusting fan speed and output location(s) doesn't work for you?

Wouldn’t that still blow air that’s the temp I had set? My old ones I would straight up turn off climate but the fans would still run
 
If you turn off "A/C" with a low temperature selected it will mimic the traditional "fan only" setting.
Or if you leave it on auto and just set the temp to whatever temp it currently is, the system will basically be fan only but possibly with some dehumidifying action.
Ah ok. I’ve gotten used to your second suggestion, just keeping sync with the temp if it’s not hot or cold
 
It’s been about 3 months since I bought a Model 3 Long Range. I started my EV journey in 2018 with a Volt, loved that car but became addicted to being in EV mode and was honestly annoyed whenever the ICE kicked in. So in 2020 I took advantage of crazy low prices and traded for a Bolt. I’d always wanted a Tesla but figured the Bolt would be good enough. It mostly was but road trip charging speed was annoying. After I got some raises at work and took a closer look at my finances, I realized I could comfortably afford what I’d always wanted. So I took delivery of this beautiful car! Here’s a list of things I like, don’t like, quirks that don’t go either way, and the small list of modifications I’ve done:

Things I Like:

Speed. I know it’s a cliche (with EVs in general, but specifically Teslas) but the first time I put the hammer down I was in love. Considering prior to this the quickest car I’d owned was the Bolt I traded for it, being impressed was inevitable.

Styling. I know this is subjective, but I really do love the exterior and interior. The butt is I guess just ok, however the nose is very much my jam. Just a great looking sedan. I do like the aero covers, but the wheels hiding underneath look even more amazing. Inside I’m just as happy. I thought I’d hate the wood grain but it’s subdued enough to where I don’t mind it. The seats feel great, but I thought my Bolt was comfy too… 🤷‍♀️ Apparently I’m just easy to please.

I love the tablet display. Was worried about missing a dash but turns out nope! Everything feels pretty fluid (even on my non-Ryzen cpu) and responsive. I’ve not had any trouble figuring out where to go for something or having it screw up. Auto brightness works pretty well. I don’t know what else to say, it just runs great.

Build quality. I was terrified when I picked it up because of everything I’d been led to believe. So here I am, waiting for the sales guy to get things straight with my bank and I’m going over everything with a fine tooth comb. Realized two things. First, I’ve never done this with literally any car I bought, I just looked for obvious stuff and went. Second, everything was fine, I didn’t need to freak out. It looked like… a car.

One pedal driving. Feels way better than in my Bolt. Knowing my brake lights are on is reassuring and the click when the hold engages is oddly satisfying.
General driving. It honestly just feels nice to drive. Quieter than the Bolt, having an unobstructed dash, and comfy seats make me long for summer and long trips. The combo of the dash and something about the hood design makes it feel like you can see everything in front of you.

Autopilot on interstates or the stroad to my work. It’s so magical when it works. Granted my route to work is literally a 2.5 mile straight 4 lane road with stop and go traffic, but throwing it in autopilot and just monitoring things is really cool. The few interstate trips I did were equally cool, it’ll definitely make coming home after a long day trip easier.

App is fantastic. Especially coming from the awful MyChevy app. Being able to set temps, individual seat heaters, and the steering wheel heater is great. I wish it loaded a bit faster but considering what I came from I’ll take it.

Phone key. God this is so convenient. I have the key card in my wallet but it’s so handy walking up to my car, getting in, pushing the brake and shifting to go. Get in and go. Same with leaving, though it did take getting used to shifting to park and just getting out.

Sentry mode. It’s just handy knowing I can always see what’s going on around my car. Even if it’s turned off I can flip it on through the app and check on things.

Lastly, seat heaters. Jesus they’re toasty. Much more so than the Bolt and Volt

Things I Don’t like:

Autopilot on two lane highways. It’s finicky here. Not the most fun experience. Maybe helped by software in the future but who knows. The vast majority of my driving is either city or interstate so this isn’t a giant deal.

V11 software layout. I would’ve loved to had the layout of the versions before. Not super unusable but definitely inferior.

Reverb. It’s definitely present, but I got used to it. Seems to go away with more than two passengers. And randomly it goes away when I’m alone so idk.

Turning. Coming from a Fiesta, then a Focus, then a Bolt (can’t remember how the Volt handled for whatever reason) this thing is a pig. Obviously I’m not used to bigger cars but damn this turning circle is huge

Meh/Other:

Sound system. Like, it’s good. But not really better than what I’m used to. The subwoofer is a nice addition but I wasn’t blown away.

Stock interior lights. Weak as all hell. I honestly didn’t realize I had footwell lights until I was browsing accessories.

Fans. I really wish there was a fan-only mode for the awkward temps between winter and summer when I want airflow but don’t need any climate. I’ve since learned to just use auto settings

Set charging speed. Unless I’m crazy this thing never sticks. It literally doesn’t matter since I’m running off the mobile connector with a 14-50 plug on a 40A fuse but it’s odd that whenever I look at charging settings they’re at the default 48A.

Reduced/no regen in cold weather. Even without the snowflake icon it seems very common I have no regen in coldish temps. I guess Tesla knows better than me on battery health but it’s so odd coming from the Bolt where it was happy to take in regen literally any time but at full charge.

The frunk exists.

Modifications:

Replaced footwell lights with brighter and purpler ones (Abstract Ocean)

Replaced trunk lights with brighter ones (AO)

Lighted door sills (Hansshow)

Matte black emblems and lettering (EV Pug on Etsy)

And that’s really it. Haven’t really found a need for the millions of accessories I normally see recommended on YouTube/Reddit/Anywhere

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When talking or with music there’s a weird echo. I think my ears have gotten used to it because I don’t really notice it too much anymore
In the audio world this is known as "Live space".
Sound bouncing of reflective surfaces (Glass all around). Not quite a full echo effects as the soundwaves are quickly stopped by the soft surfaces (seats/carpets/humans) but essentially the interior is a fairly Live space.
You can mitigate this somewhat by using a sunshade attached to the glass roof.
 

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