Ho the Tesla Model 3 compares with the Chevy Bolt

on Aug5

The Tesla Model 3, top, and Chevy Bolt compete on the smallest of specs, but Tesla’s cool tech will add thousands to the price.

Tesla’s first mass-market vehicle, the Model 3, is expected to go head-to-head with the Chevrolet Bolt, which falls in the same price category and mileage range.

Despite the fact that Tesla enthusiasts and Chevy owners have vastly different demographics, the cars compete on the smallest of details and specs. Tesla buyers are expecting their new Model 3s to come with a whole host of cool technology such as self-driving features and other widgets to wow their friends.

But to get those options, customers will have to pay about $14,000 more. For the vast majority of buyers looking to get in on the most-hyped features of the Model 3, the car will cost nearly $50,000.

The first wave of Model 3s feature the long-range battery, which adds $9,000 to the base price for 310 miles of range. The standard battery on the base model, which Tesla said will come this fall, will have a 220-mile range.

Along with the long-range battery, there is a list of features that can bump up the touted $35,000 sticker price. Any color other than black costs an additional $1,000, and 19-inch sport wheels come at $1,500.

Enhanced Autopilot — Tesla’s semiautonomous driving system — will cost $5,000. Full self-driving capability, which requires enhanced Autopilot, is another $3,000.

Do all these upcharges mean the Chevy Bolt, which Consumer Reports said last week set a record for electric range after going 250 miles on battery power, is a better buy for tech-savvy buyers? Let’s take a look at the cars side by side.

Tesla Model 3 vs. Chevrolet Bolt

  Tesla Model 3 Chevrolet Bolt
Range 220 miles 238 miles
Battery 50-55 kWh, reportedly* 60 kWh
Fast charging 130 miles in 30 minutes 90 miles in 30 minutes
0 to 60 mph 5.1 seconds 6.5 seconds
Top speed 130 mph 93 mph
Drivetrain rwd (awd in 2018) fwd
Wheelbase 113.2 in. 102.4 in.
Length 194.8 in. 164.0 in.
Wheels 18 in. (19 in. optional) 17 in.
Cargo 15 cu. ft. 16.9 cu. ft.
Display 15-in. center display 10.5-in. center display, 8-in. information cluster
Connectivity Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth
Keyless entry Yes Yes
Lane-keep assist Optional with $5,000 Autopilot upgrade Optional with $4,000 upgrade
Advanced cruise control Optional with $5,000 Autopilot upgrade Optional with $4,000 upgrade
Automatic braking Standard Optional with $495 package
Vehicle warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Battery warranty 8 years/100,000 miles 8 years/100,000 miles
Delivery 12-18 months Immediate (subject to dealer availability)
Base price** $35,000 $36,620
* Source: Electrek
** Without federal or state tax credits or shipping

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