Editorial: No Matter How You Cut It, A Tesla Model 3 Isn’t For Everyone (And That’s Okay)

It’s two weeks since Tesla Motors unveiled its highly-anticipated Model 3 electric sedan, prompting massive queues at Tesla stores around the world and queues as long as we’ve seen them for any Apple product.

And with 360,000 pre-order reservations and growing, nobody can deny that the Tesla Model 3 is a car that is in some serious demand around the world. But in the two weeks since then, we’ve come under some pretty heavy criticism from Tesla fans aghast that (despite posting articles covering both the five things we like and the five things we don’t like about Model 3) we’re not falling over ourselves to crown a car that is still a year or more from production as the best thing since the EV1.

The Model 3 won't suit everyone's needs. That's okay.

The Model 3 won’t suit everyone’s needs. That’s okay.

We’ve even had hate mail. Most are simply not suitable for public consumption. Others, like the one at the bottom of this article (written with a mixture of regular and ALL CAPS, presumably for maximum effect) show that we’ve stirred a hornet’s nest among the Tesla faithful. As we’ve said before, we’re all about cleaner, greener safer and smarter cars here at Transport Evolved — and that includes cars like the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X and whenever it enters production, the Tesla Model 3. But our editorial remit is to cover the plug-in and autonomous driving industry in its entirety, not just one manufacturer. Moreover as journalists, we believe it’s important to raise questions and provoke discussion rather than simply print articles that everyone will agree with.

There are other valid choices besides Model 3.

There are other valid choices besides Model 3.

(Which brings us back to the meat of this article, namely the practicality of the trunk on the Tesla Model 3. If you’re one of the many who has sent hate mail in recent weeks, we suggest you may want to stop right here and either go somewhere else or read another one of our articles. If you’re willing to read something that may not entirely fit in with your views on Model 3, please, continue on.)

As we mentioned last week, the Tesla model 3 trunk has split the Transport Evolved editorial team down the middle. Some love the all-glass roof, improved rear headroom it offers and sedan body stylings. Others (this writer included) feel the tiny trunk aperture makes it an impractical choice. Since our article, we’ve seen plenty more, arguing both for and against the design of the trunk.

But one caught our eye. Originally published on Teslamondo and reprinted today on InsideEvs, the article argues that the Tesla Model 3’s tiny trunk should be enough for most people, suggesting that it’s not the Tesla Model 3 that’s the issue — but those who carry around too much stuff.

“Rather than face a reality that doesn’t measure up to the adventurism pushed by TV ads, we tend to overshoot our travel range, our entourage and our ‘gear’,” the article notes. “If we were dogs, we’d be a tiny breed that doesn’t roam very far and needs very little paraphernalia, but barks constantly for a longer leash and a bigger doghouse.”

In other words, we need to learn what’s important in our life. And a large, cavernous car isn’t one of them.

Model 3 is a revolutionary car -- but it's not for everyone.

Model 3 is a revolutionary car — but it’s not for everyone.

Taken at face value, we’d have to agree at least partially with that statement. As a society, we do spend an inordinate amount of time and money obtaining things to put in our increasingly-large homes, drive around in increasingly-large cars and (much to our detriment) eat an increasingly-large amount of food. But to suggest that the Tesla Model 3’s tiny trunk opening should be more than enough should we only transcend the boundaries of consumerism is, frankly, a little unfair. Moreover, it reminds us of the thing which most irks us about Model 3 fever: namely that we’re all different. There’s no one electric car to suit all needs any more than there’s one house design, one size of clothing, or one ideal career path.

We’ll agree too that there’s a disparity between perceived needs and actual needs for pretty much every person we’ve encountered who is considering a new car. One of the reasons Tesla has managed to secure just so many deposits in such a short period of time for Model 3 is because we’d wager the overwhelming majority believe that a range of 200 miles per charge is their absolute minimum for daily practical driving in an electric car.

Anything less is perceived (and in some cases emphatically proven) to be simply impractical in everyday life. But of those 360,000 people so far to place down a $1,000 (or equivalent) deposit to be in line to buy a Model 3, only a handful will need a range of more than 100 miles in everyday use and even fewer will need to use the full 215-mile predicted range on a daily basis.

But here’s the thing. Many who are in line for a Model 3 already know that fact. They’re opting to buy a car with a larger range because 1) it exists and 2) they can see a genuine need for that 215-mile range once or twice a month. And because of that, the Model 3 makes good financial sense to them. And while we’re currently quite happy tooling around in two electric cars with ranges of less than 100 miles per charge, we’d never turn down more range if it was offered.

Why bemoan people who feel the same way about luggage space or load bay versatility?

Don't think a Model 3 will meet your needs? That's okay.

Don’t think a Model 3 will meet your needs? That’s okay.

Sedans aren’t for everyone. Some people prefer pickups, or SUVs. Others prefer hatchbacks or wagons. Just as every person has different tastes, beliefs or quirks, so too are there many different choices when it comes to cars. Some make their purchase decisions because of mere preference. Others have a genuine reason why a sedan simply won’t work (such as having a large family, dogs, or a hobby that requires transporting large objects around.

One size does not fit all. And that’s okay.

Right now, the largest variety comes from traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. As time passes, we’re going to see more and more car companies offer the same kind of choice in electric vehicles, either because of direct consumer demand or because Tesla (and companies like it) are threatening the market share currently enjoyed by the Detroit Three and their Asian and European counterparts.

Those for whom the Model 3 is not a perfect fit will have to face a choice in the coming months if they want to drive an electric car: either find another model from a rival automaker; find an alternative car for the times when a Model 3’s small-aperture hatchback won’t work (such as borrowing a friend’s car); or waiting until Tesla makes a car that does fit their needs.

A used Model S may be an option for some. For others, it might be a next-generation LEAF.

A used Model S may be an option for some. For others, it might be a next-generation LEAF.

At the moment, there are of course two other Tesla options for those for whom the Model 3 isn’t a perfect fit. The Tesla Model X crossover SUV is unlikely to be a good choice in terms of sticker price, but an early Tesla Model S (high-mileage examples of which could be available in a  years’ time for Model 3 money) might fit the bill far better than a Model 3.

Other options will come. Both from Tesla and rival automakers. Although Tesla is probably the only company right now with a car that combines range, performance, price and charging provision, there’s no shame in choosing an alternative if the Model 3 doesn’t work for you.

The job of an automaker is to make a car that people will want to buy. If customers don’t feel that a particular make or model of car fits their needs, they go elsewhere. In the case of the Tesla Model 3, we’re expecting a reasonably large number of would-be Model 3 customers hold off until a similarly-priced, similar-range electric car comes onto the market with a more practical luggage space for their family life. Tesla can choose to either bring out a wagon, hatchback or SUV variant to the Model 3, or it can see its potential customers go elsewhere instead.

But what we’re hoping everyone will agree is that name-calling and public shaming of those who either don’t like the Model 3’s design or don’t like its lack of hatchback isn’t the way forward for either Tesla fans or the electric vehicle community as a whole. Getting off fossil fuels — and onto renewable energy solutions for our transportation needs — is. It’s a sentiment shared by Tesla CEO Elon Musk and, we’d humbly suggest, is one more of the electric vehicle world should strive towards too.

As for those emails? Here’s the most sanitary of the lot so far:

From: Ezra T<redacted>, <<email redacted>>

You are HELPING BIG OIL by writing NEGATIVE stories about EVS! TESLA is the BEST THING to happen to EVs since GM killed the EV1!

Quit writing your LIES about TESLA! If you can’t realize how Elon Musk is changing the world then you need to quit and go write about TV shows or something!

You are doing BIG OIL’s WORK FOR THEM.

QUIT BEING A B<<word redacted>> of BIG OIL.


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  • vdiv

    “A Tesla Model 3 is not for everyone”

    That’s correct, must have at least a couple of Model 3s to match people’s wardrobe…

  • Ad van der Meer

    Isn’t the internet a lovely place!

    Where and when was the 360k number published?

  • Tesla is an aspirational brand, and the performance and capabilities of their current cars cannot be found in practically any other vehicle for any price. The Model 3 promises that to people who can’t or won’t afford a Model S or X.

    The trunk issue is beside the point. You truly fail to understand why people are criticizing you. Your reveal show was roundly lambasted, and for good reason. While I didn’t pay anything to watch it, it soured me pretty much as you and your crew reacted to the car. It didn’t match my positive reaction or that of millions of others. You will find those supporting your view, but it comes off a bit contrived for you to keep pushing the narrative that you are within your rights to be less than impressed, when the rest of the motoring world is going ga-ga over the car.

    Can’t change the past, you reacted the way you did, and you need to own it, which you are doing, but that doesn’t mean it makes any sense to the rest of us who come here for objective EV info.

    I’m the same guy who pushed you to acknowledge your silly (to me) criticism of the Smart ED when it came out, as you just didn’t get that it was sold and marketed as a city range commuter, but you wanted more range and fast charging. Yeesh, I needed a year to get over that poor review before I came back to watch your stuff again.

    Here I am after the 3 reveal trying to give you yet another chance. I really do like much of your work, but I feel you get lost in the weeds, and it bothers me enough to question why I keep coming back here…

    • Joseph Dubeau

      Tesla is car company not a new age religion. I didn’t like the nose of the Model 3, many Tesla fans didn’t.
      If you noticed they change the nose of Model S yesterday. More than likely, the Model 3 will be change to.
      But anybody who points the obvious is some how the bad guy.

      ” You truly fail to understand why people are criticizing you. ” complete bullsh*t statement.

      • Martin Lacey

        “Tesla is car company not a new age religion” – Amen to that brother!

        News flash the Model 3 reveal was a prototype…. they used three different door handle designs. What we saw at the reveal will go through several changes and amendments before part 2 of the reveal and entering into production late 2017.

        • Joseph Dubeau

          So it’s okay to discuss what you like or dislike about the car without getting hate mail.

          • Martin Lacey

            Yes. Comment, conjecture and criticism always welcome!

            I’ve said enough about hate mail (see above).

      • Again you truly fail to understand the criticism and now are swearing at me, another in a line of negative reactions. My negative reaction was to disconnect the feed. Yours was an attack. Hmmm…

    • Chris O

      The lukewarm panel response in the reveal show definitely missed the mark completely and does not look good on this blog’s permanent record. Especially the guy showing disappointment that the car doesn’t have 300-400 mile range clearly didn’t have a notion where battery tech currently is in terms of price and apparently it didn’t occur to him that longer range versions will probably available at a premium. The panel clearly underestimated the overwhelming response the car would go on to generate based on first impressions. Personally I also felt that details like the car’s front and interior still needed some work but after all this is just a prototype and pictures like this show that the car’s rather bland front only requires a 10 dollar fix to turn it around completely:


      • All the ‘suggested’ front ends I’ve seen have been hideous ^-^

        • Martin Lacey

          I like the front end… you gotta have somewhere to stick your licence plate.

    • Dennis Pascual

      I am a big supporter of Tesla and loved the design. But I also realize that what I like may not necessarily fit what the panelists on the reveal show like. If you find a reviewer’s taste does not align with you, (it seems that you find the reviewer’s choices to be the inverse of what you like) then you’ve actually found a reviewer whose views you can use to do the opposite of. That is actually good to know.

      We all have biases. I am very adventurous with the sort of cuisine that i enjoy. My best friend enjoys really traditional cuisine. When he recommends a place to eat, I go for the company, and not necessarily for the food.

      Same here, if you don’t appreciate the honesty, then find someone else you can support. I appreciate the honesty, even if I find differences in opinion. At the end of the day, I placed two deposits for Model 3 sight unseen after staying in line for five hours (what I propose is the SLOWEST LINE EVER – (http://pascual.co/ActiveE/2016/04/was-our-line-the-slowest-during-model-3-release-day/)). I really liked the prototypes that were displayed and was enamored with exactly the same things that Nikki and Chelsea didn’t like on the show. I seem to remember Gavin enjoyed the front-end design. We can all have different opinions, it’s OK. Tesla will sell plenty of cars to those that like what they see.

      As for the trunk (boot) of the Model 3… Though it seems small… It’s big enough for us. (then again, we have a Roadster and I used to drive an Active E…. (hmmm… perhaps there’s a blog-post in me about the Model 3 trunk and what I can live with!))

    • If you’re going to ’roundly lambast’ something, you ought to, I dunno, have an actual complaint.

      Instead of complaining about the messenger.

      • My entire point was about the messenger, namely, that the reactions turned me off the show completely and I disconnected the feed immediately. To balance that, I do compliment Nikki when she does an awesome article/etc, so it’s not like I’m biased against this site or their staff.

  • Joseph Dubeau

    “suggesting that it’s not the Tesla Model 3 that’s the issue — but those who carry around too much stuff. “
    This is just pointing the obvious. The 15” Dell monitor in place of dash looks real cheap.
    It’s not techno, nor futuristic, but chessy looking.

    “The Tesla Model X crossover SUV ” not a real SUV. It’s a cross over.

    “The job of an automaker is to make a car that people will want to buy. If customers don’t feel that a particular make or model of car fits their needs, they go elsewhere.”
    Who put downs a $1,000 on car they haven’t seen nor driven and won’t see for another 2 years.
    It has nothing to do with customer satisfaction. Behind door number 1 or door number 2, there was no choice.
    There was no careful thought process, weight their options, compare features, options, or prices.
    Just imagine if it was Time-share instead of a car. OMG.

    • It’s not futuristic looking, compared to cars with dashes that looked the same ten, twenty, thirty years ago?

      • Joseph Dubeau

        So no dash is better? I don’t like it. It too distracting. I don’t want have to swipe.
        I don’t want to have take my eye off the road. I want buttons and knobs.
        I like the analog clock in the Infiniti.

  • takemitsusan

    It’s obvious the model 3 is not for everyone. First it’s still in the premium car price range. The impractical boot might work for most (I owned a merc clk and an Audi convertible and made do) but they are still impractical. I have a reservation for the model 3 but I must admit I assumed a hatch boot. It’ll be alright. As it happens the glass roof is the next best thing for me to an open top. So I’ll live with it but will miss the lovely Outlander PHEV no nonsense 95% electric practicality.

  • Martin Lacey

    Thanks T.E,

    I own one car, currently a hatchback, when I get my Model 3 in 2018/19 the boot is the one compromise I am willing to make.

    I run my own cleaning business and need to move around carpet cleaning machines, scrubber driers and other weighty equipment to carry out my duties. Having a boot which requires me to lift stuff in and out is impracticable and unsafe for my bad back, but it isn’t a deal breaker – I just need a tow bar and small trailer, with the torque electric motors generate, that’s no real hardship!

    Owning a dog might require a hatchback for some of us. But I know plenty of folks who use a proper harness attached correctly to a seat belt without any problems – in fact they appreciate being closer to their pooches!

    I hope Tesla design the car to take roof racks so I can carry my kayak on top, but if they don’t I’ll figure something out.

    After all every problem has a solution!

    • You can actually get lower clearance to the cargo with a trailer than any hatch, so that’s important to think about. And you’re not carrying the extra weight when you don’t need to!

      • Martin Lacey


      • Joseph Dubeau

        Have you heard of vehicle called a pickup truck. They are really very useful for when you have to do some work.
        They are sometimes referred to as work vehicles.

        • Martin Lacey

          One vehicle owner. Pick up trucks are not popular in the UK. Not my preference and expensive to run.
          But thanks for your thoughts!

          • Joseph Dubeau

            The point is a sport car isn’t a work vehicle.
            No only do you tend to more nicks and dents, but getting dirty.
            They are made to haul more stuff around.

            Nissan makes the NV200 electric Van. Birtish Gas uses them.
            Nissan e NV200 | Fully Charged

          • Martin Lacey

            Not enough range for my perceived needs.

  • Chris O

    Of course one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to cars, people have different needs, some imagined but some very real. Of course people don’t haul large objects everyday but IMO a car needs to have sufficient all round utility to meet those peak needs if they occur. For that reason I wouldn’t consider a Model 3, it just wouldn’t work for me, however the great looking Model 3 sportswagon version showed on this blog might, provided it comes with some towing capability:


    Doesn’t mean Model 3 is inadequate, it has a very useful mainstream format and the astonishing reservation rate is testimony to that. However in the longer run multiple versions are needed to keep selling it in the sort of numbers Tesla has in mind for it and of course Tesla will diversify its Model 3 portfolio. It will be well past 2020 before new variants go into production though I’m afraid. Sigh…

  • Albemarle

    Couldn’t agree more with your editorial. You were very kind when redacting Ezra’s last name. Certainly not deserved. This kind of nasty noise gets in the way of thoughtful consideration and accurate details.

  • leptoquark

    “You are HELPING BIG OIL by writing NEGATIVE stories about EVS!”

    Oh please. I actually find it quite refreshing to find an EV news source that has an independent view and doesn’t just feed the echo chamber by reposting whatever comes up on that days Google alert. I could name a few….

    The trunk opening is smaller than I expected, and the nose is not that great, but, looks are entirely subjective, which the echo chamber frequently looses sight of. The first thing you realize when you really start to think about our transition to an electrified vehicle fleet is that there is no universal car for everyone. To think that everyone will be driving X, where X is the model currently in the news is completely unrealistic. There will be many, many models and companies to choose from, of which will be Tesla.

    • Sadly, such comments are fairly common. The ghost of the EV1 lives on…

    • owlafaye

      There will be many Tesla and Tesla like automobiles. A lot of the transporting chores you do now will be done by autonomous, self driving vehicles.

  • Jérémie Olivier

    Like Martin Lacey said, if you occasionnaly need more cargo space, how about a tow bar and a small trailer? Problem solved. When you dont need it, you benefit from a lighter, more agile car than a SUV, easier to park and more efficient.

    • Like we said, not everyone can live with a sedan 🙂 That’s okay. But this wasn’t a post about personal choice. It was a post about how we (the community) should respect those with different views to our own — and how there’s no one-size fits all solution.

      • Martin Lacey

        Unfortunately these days, anyone expressing an opinion in public is laying themselves open to abuse.

        Abuse is the last course of redress for those who have either lost the argument or cannot express their arguement coherently.

        I’m sorry you’re bearing the brunt Nicky and hope you understand you are greatly and widely appreciated with all at T.E for a great site.

        May I remind my fellow social contributors that we are legally, criminally and morally obligated for what we post.

        Being offensive or abusive and leaving an internet trail is plain stupid and if you don’t stop I hope the T.E team sue any libelous comments and forward abuse to the police for criminal prosecution.

        Perhaps you should pause for sober reflection?

        • owlafaye

          Its beyond those kinds of controls Martin. Blatant law breaking is common now. Arming yourself for a more violent future is the only recourse. This path is responsible to you, yours and your community.

          • Martin Lacey

            Blatant law breaking doesn’t mean you can’t resort to using the protections the law provides and the punitive recourse civil law allows for.

    • Joseph Dubeau

      How often do you take people to the airport? Drag that trailer down the 405 at 75 mile an hour.
      Good luck with that.

      • Martin Lacey

        tut tut isn’t that in excess of the speed limit? 🙂

        Like everyone else has already said – one model will not suit all people. In ten or twenty years if Tesla still exist they will hopefully have a bigger range of vehicles to choose from, just like all the other automakers do. Then you will be spoilted for choice, well at least most people will. Some folks are just impossible to please 😉

        • Joseph Dubeau

          The point is she is getting hate mail for her choices or lack of choices.
          That not excess speed for LA.

  • My mother has two dogs and have to do house calls during winter weather events. So she needs a higher clearance and bigger rear hatch. That makes sense.

    For me, I’ve had a smaller hatch and it’s worked, but I prefer a larger one – so I have a hatchback and not a sedan.

    The 3, though, pulls together about a dozen features that have been on my dream list since I was a child.

  • G-Man

    I currently own an estate (station wagon) car because at the time, the large boot and enhanced practicality appealed to me. However, since buying this rather nice car new two years ago, it has dawned on me, with the help of Transport Evolved and other EV news outlets, plus the common sense that Elon Musk talks, that what I’m actually driving is a car stuffed full with an obsolete power train. And that each new car I buy is a minor iteration of the one before it. It does 5 mpg more! It has a few new features! And I think in this day and age technology in cars has not progressed beyond the internal combustion engine much. There are a few hybrids and PHEV’s now, which is great, but a long range, mid-sized (in the UK) EV car that comfortably seats multiple occupants and has ‘some trunks’ should be enough. Coupled with filling it up with electrons rather than fossil fuels has multiple benefits, too. One being that with a long range I can recharge my car at the weekends from my solar panels and drive it to work and back for one week before recharging it at the weekend again. I have therefore got a very cheap source of fuel. Literally from sun to car via panels, an inverter and a charging point. And I think this is now my number one priority. Not the size of the trunk, the noise from the engine, how many BHP’s it has etc. My car is a dirty, gas guzzling, fossil fuelled, two year old dinosaur. And its from a premium brand.
    I have also seen arguments by reputable publications that enrage me that claim that charging a Tesla with electrons sourced from a coal fired power station is dirtier than a fuel efficient gasoline powered car. What the numptees in well known publications forgot to include was the source of the petrol. They merely calculated how unclean charging a Tesla was from a coal fired power station compared to the laboratory tested fumes omitted from the tailpipe of a regular fuel efficient gasoline car. At no point did the writer mention the huge pollution caused to find, drill, extract, store, transport from off shore to shore, store, transport from port to refinery, store, refine, distribute via big lorries to retailers and eventually find its way to the gas pump. All of that was ignored.
    To me, I have a heavy heart filling my gas tank now. I have a broken heart, too, because I have fallen out of love with gasoline powered cars and I am one enormous petrol head. I have owned so many lovely petrol powered cars over the years; four cylinders, boxer engines, V6, V8, V12, turbo charged, twin turbos etc etc.
    But now I must move on, do the right thing and commit to buying a long range EV. I can’t afford a Model S or X, so the Model 3 is within my grasp. I jumped at the chance to put a deposit down, because for me, the minor inconvenience of having a small aperture to open is by no means a deal breaker. It is far more important that I drive an EV, powered by clean energy. And so I am in a state of ambivalence – on the one hand I’m sad to say goodbye to petrol, but on the other hand, I’m really excited by the Tesla Model 3 with it’s fancy drivetrain and hi-tech interior.

    • Martin Lacey

      Hi G-man.

      Well said. My current gas guzzler is 10 years old, hoping to keep it going until my Model 3 makes it’s way to “blighty”.

      That’s at least 2 model 3’s in the UK!

    • neroden

      G-Man: you’d love a Model S. It’s functionally an estate car / station wagon, even if it doesn’t look like it. More cargo space than anything short of a panel van. I use it to haul small furniture and large bags of trash… Perhaps you should consider a used Model S? You can get it faster than a new Model 3.

  • Martin Lacey

    Now if you want to be critical of a car design have a look at the new Toyota Ubox CONCEPT/PROTOTYPE.
    (at least the wheels are round).

  • Guillermo Olivares

    I am unsure if this article was written maliciously or not as the reviewer of the vehicle missed a key component of the model 3 (model s or model x for that matter) and that is the frunk. In no section of your article do you reference the frunk, which is the cargo area of the car located in the front of the car (normally where the engine and transmission are located for gas powered cars). The entire front of the car acts as the trunk as the electric engine is housed in between the wheels and battery is at the bottom of the car. This cargo area plus the additional cargo area of the traditional trunk should exceed the cargo areas of most vehicles. Like I stated, I am unsure the intention of this article, as mentioning the frunk would essentially undermine the premise of this article (not enough storage area for the average person). In my opinion, this oversight almost seems malicious as someone who is reviewing a car should know some of the most basic features of the vehicle.

    • Certainly not. We’re aware of the frunk — but based on preliminary photographs, the frunk on Model 3 is going to be much smaller than the frunk on S or X.

      But this isn’t about cargo space. This is about the fact that some people can’t live with a sedan for whatever reason. Families with dogs and two+ kids for example, would be better off with a used Model S (something this author should note is a potential for her own family in the future).

      The original intent of the article was to give voice to those for whom Model 3 isn’t the perfect solution. For many it will be. Both outcomes are okay 🙂


      • Hmm, what’s with your “perfect solution” angle…?

        Before the SUV craze, lots of us with a family of 4 had cars like the Ford Taurus. Nothing wrong with a trunk. While our Model S85 has far more utility than our previous SUV and Sedan (Ford as above), the hatch back design of the car was not a primary selling point at all. I guess I just don’t get it. Trunks are a perfectly usable storage design option. The Model 3 was always going to be compared against the BMW 3 / Audi A4 size of car. And as Elon stated at the reveal the Model 3 will have more storage than any comparably sized car.

        I remember your criticisms of my wonderful Smart ED a few years ago and still wonder if you are reviewing cars based on your own bias or are open to the design criteria and market for the product? For example, the Smart ED is a cheap little commuter, and I don’t push it beyond that requirement.

        The Tesla 3 is a mid-sized sedan and is not designed to replace an SUV, there will be a follow up Model Y for that apparently. Sedans often have trunks.

        • neroden

          I freaking love the hatchback on the Model S. But then I prefer station wagons to sedans. 🙂

  • Nino Dvoršak

    I fully support your stance, Tesla model 3 isn’t for everybody. And it is still very much up to criticism, which based on Tesla’s history will only improve their product and make it even more apealing.
    I have absolute trust in Tesla to dominate EV market in the coming years exactly because they listen to feedback from customers and succeed in hearing customer’s needs.

  • Thalass

    Agreed. The only reason I might switch to the Model Y (if the speculation that part of the second reveal involves that) is having to transport our dog. Though she can sit on the back seat with the kids I’m sure. We also have a Rav 4 that I could grudgingly drive if required. 😛