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Model 3 external dimensions and comparison data...

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by X-Auto, May 7, 2017.

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  1. daniel

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    Maybe not to be comfortable for a 90-minute drive. But I live alone. I rarely have a passenger with me in the car. I do not need or want a car that seats five people comfortably on a long road trip. If I needed that, I'd have gotten a Model S.

    My old '89 Civic wagon had all the space I ever needed for me and all the people and/or stuff I ever needed to carry. I once took a long road trip (two days, each way) with two passengers, in addition to myself, and our luggage which included camping gear. I'm disappointed that the Model 3 will have 50% more space than I'll ever possibly be able to use, and will be both longer and wider, making it more awkward to drive. My Prius is already bigger than I like. And I only use it for my annual hiking trip to Canada.

    What I really, really want is a Tesla the size of that old '89 Civic.

    But I want the added safety features of the Model 3.

    I'll see how I feel after I've taken a test drive.
     
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  2. wdolson

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    Americans have always liked big cars. In the 50s-mid 70s the only people who didn't drive full sized cars were usually poor. The Big 3 made their full sized cars, then they made smaller, junky cars for the untermenschen. That's why they lost so much market segment to the Japanese when the oil crisis hit. The Japanese were making smaller cars that were just as appealing as full sized cars.

    When oil is cheap, Americans go back to larger vehicles. Instead of large cars, they went with truck-like vehicles. The compact market had to get bigger so people in those cars didn't feel completely dwarfed by the trucks around them.

    The EPA measure of how cars fit into various classes needs an overhaul. Most people think in terms of a car's footprint, not interior volume when shopping for a car. Most "mid-sized" cars today are classified as large cars because of the interior volume. In many cases car makers have optimized interior volume at the cost of cargo space. Some "large" cars today have tiny trunks.
     
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    Trips "Boring bonehead questions are not cool. Next?"

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    I am going to go with 184.8 :)
     
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    I have a Prius and I avoid compact spaces. I HATE DOOR DINGS! I prefer to park way out in left field and walk to the store. I need the exercise anyway.
     
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  5. JeffK

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    I'll do that with the Model 3, I lived in kind of a ghetto area for awhile, so the Prius got beat up pretty fast in my old apt complex. Nobody cared about anyone but themselves.
     
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    If you're going to be using superchargers much, it's a good habit to have. Superchargers are usually in the least used part of parking lots.
     
  8. AnxietyRanger

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    That is actually not always true. A lot of people on TMC seem to complain Superchargers are too close to the entrances and thus get ICEd quite a bit... the theory goes this is because wiring needed electricity further away from the buildings would be too expensive...
     
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    To be honest, the wikipedia estimations were really accurate. A 0.3% error is impressive!

    To everyone wondering how big the Model 3 will be and if it will fit their garage, take a spin in the new C-Class. The length of both these cars will be nearly identical, but the 3 will probably be quite a bit wider. So if width is a concern, you might have a problem.
     
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  10. wdolson

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    It's probably not universal, but the only supercharger I've been to that was anywhere close to desirable parking was the Springfield, OR and Mt Shasta, CA superchargers, both of which are at hotels. I've only been to 11 total. Some weren't too far a walk to the entrance of something, but that was only because they were in a smallish parking lot. The supercharger was still on the edge of the lot.

    I'm sure the siting of the transformer puts the supercharger in a more desirable spot for ICE in some places.
     
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    Besides, there's always plenty of empty spots (even at Trader Joe's) if a little walking is required. Double win.
    Robin
     
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    If it's a really douchey car sometimes I'll be that A-hole who parks a junker right next to it while there are still plenty of empty spaces around, just to make them freak out a little when they return to their car. :D
     
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    I have to park way over by the EZ Rider Tattoo Parlor to find any empty spaces near the Trader Joe's where we shop (Redlands)! Maybe I should go in and have a tattoo of Elon emblazoned on my butt while the DW shops at TJ.
     
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    I think charging stations in general are closest to the building.

    Las Vegas for example, all the casino's I've charged at are basically 5 feet from the entrance.

    It's actually quite a nice perk.
     
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    Which, unfortunately, is one reason EV charging spaces get ICEd... because, by necessity, they are located close to the building.
     
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    Actually the Math was done by Motor Trend ! www.motortrend.com/news/tesla-model-3-photos-analysis/
     
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