Tesla Model 3 earns Edmunds’ ‘2020 EV of the Year’ title

A Tesla Model 3 driving at night. (Photo: Andres GE)

The Tesla Model 3 has been recognized by Edmunds as the Best Electric Vehicle of the Year in its 2020 #TopRated list.

Edmunds recognized the Model 3 as “unlike any other vehicle on sale, electric or ICE.” According to the publication, the all-electric sedan’s features, technology, price and driving dynamics make it an “impossible force to ignore” in the auto industry. Edmunds also stated the Model 3 was more fun to drive than other premium sedans at the same price point like the BMW 3-Series.

“For around $40,000, no other EV even comes close to matching the all-round appeal of the Model 3,” the publication wrote.

In 2017, Edmunds stated that the Model 3 had too many issues that made it tough to recommend to buyers. In Dan Edmunds’ initial Model 3 review, he noted the service and build quality of the vehicle were not up to par compared to the competition. “Body panel gaps are inconsistent, reflecting a lack of attention to detail, and this applies not only to our own car but even to Model 3s we’ve seen on display,” he said.

Tesla has since improved on these aspects. These improvements in production were highlighted in a recent Bloomberg poll, where 5,000 Model 3 owners were asked to give feedback on their opinions of the car. Many of those polled were impressed with Tesla’s improved build quality. Even auto industry veteran Bob Lutz, a known Tesla critic, has admitted that the Model 3’s build quality is now “world-class.”

Edmunds‘ initial review of the Model 3 also listed complaints about Tesla’s service, another aspect of the company that continues to improve. The expansion of Tesla’s mobile service units that drive to customers’ location to address maintenance and basic repairs has been well-received. In a separate edition of the Bloomberg poll of Model 3 owners, many reported improvements in the availability of appointments and increased speed of service as well.

The Model 3’s range has always been appealing to the publication, even in its initial 2017 review. While the battery performance and availability of Tesla’s Supercharger network have improved since 2017, Edmunds’ positive ratings of the vehicle’s range have only gone up. In the Model 3’s review page on Edmunds.com, the publication suggested that buyers should “strongly consider” versions with the Long Range Battery since they will “undoubtedly help as you hop from Supercharger to Supercharger on long road trips.”

Edmunds is just the next publication to rank the Model 3 as “Vehicle of the Year” in one capacity or another. Previously, the all-electric sedan was named Car of the Year by Auto Express Magazine, 2020 Car of the Year by the UK-based Parkers magazine, and was also recognized as Best Mid-sized Sedan at the 2019 Golden Steering Wheel Awards in Berlin, Germany. Edmunds‘ “2020 EV of the Year” award is yet another feather in Tesla’s cap, and it stands as additional proof that the company’s aim of fostering sustainable driving machines that offer performance and affordability is becoming more and more real.

Joey Klender: Transportation Writer | Penn State Alum | Future World Series of Poker Bracelet Holder 🚀 🛰 ☀️ 🚘 🧠 🕳
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