Design and specification changes between Tesla Model 3 2018 and 2020 model years and between LR AWD and SR+ models

Posted by Paul Braren on Dec 24 2019 (updated on May 27 2020) in
  • Efficiency
  • Tesla
  • 2018-Tesla-Model-3-and-2020-Tesla-Model-3
    Compare-90-percent-charge-Tesla-Model-3-2018-LR-AWD-and-2020-SR-Plus--TinkerTry.PNG
    Both Models 3s ready to go, charged to 90%.

    My wife and I love our Model 3s. This is not meant to degrade anybody's experience, they're amazing vehicles. Tesla has always made changes to their cars any time of year they feel like, I knew that going in. There's a huge price difference between my two Model 3s. I'm frankly surprised they're as similar as they are, and I’m very grateful that each model came out just in time for our needs. This article is a work in progress, with new 4K video of 30 differences here. Given reader and viewer feedback, I've been able to add to this list and make the article better than the video.

    Table of Contents

    Two-Tesla-Model-3s-garaged--TinkerTry
    Taken Jan 05 2020 - My 2018 Tesla Model 3 at left, her 2020 Tesla Model 3 at right.
    1. Items changed from 2018 to 2020 for all Tesla Model 3 trim levels
    2. Items changed from 2018 LR AWD to 2020 SR+
    3. Videos
      -- 30 differences between my Tesla Model 3 2018 & 2020 model years and between LR AWD & SR+ trim levels
      -- 2020 Tesla Model 3 SR+ HW3 2019.40.50.7 visualizations / GoPro HERO8 Black 4K/60 fps HyperSmooth 2.0
      -- Tesla Model 3 New Holiday Software v10.2 Visualizations Demo!
      -- 2020 SR+ HW3.0 no FSD, 2019.40.50.1
    4. Features
    5. VINs Decoded
    6. Specifications Comparison
    7. See also at TinkerTry
    8. See also
    9. Photo Gallery

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    I'm summarizing the differences between our road trip car, our 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range All Wheel Drive VIN# 119,xxx manufactured in November of 2018, and my wife's shorter trip car, her 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus VIN# 612,XXX manufactured in December of 2019. Tesla makes changes any time of year, and our cars were only made 13 months apart. This article is a changelog of sorts, based on first-hand observations. I could not find all this information any single other site, so I decided to pull the information together below to help prospective buyers. See also:

    tesla-tuesday

    and:

    why-tesla-model-3-is-replacing-my-13-year-old-honda-civic-hybrid

    This is not a moment-in-time news article, it's getting updating frequently these first few days as feedback comes in from Twitter and forums. If you spot error(s) or omission(s), please drop a comment below, or contact me directly, so I can research then update the article accordingly. Thank you!


    Items changed from 2018 to 2020 for all Tesla Model 3 trim levels

    Removed / Decreased

    IMG_7559.JPEG
    1. Dead pedals removed October of 2019, see Model 3 - Dead Pedal Cover Missing? and Dead pedal - dead in 2020.

      Tesla-Model-3-roof-appears-orange-in-wet-weather-by-Paul-Braren--TinkerTry
    2. Glass roof color (rainbow glass) no longer appears orange when wet from the special UV coating, changed as early as September 2019. I'm not sure what treatment type replaced it with the new supplier, see also related discussion at TMC.

    3. Plastic grocery bag clips in frunk removed November 2019. See No Frunk Bag Hooks. According to this post, the part #s are 1116002-00-C for the LEFT hook and 1116003-00-C for the RIGHT hook.

      2018-Tesla-Model-3-Long-Range-AWD-window-sticker-price--TinkerTry
    4. Window Sticker
      Also known as a Monroney sticker, this 11" x 17" sheet of paper was found inside our 2018. It was not stuck on the window, thankfully, and has no adhesive. There was no window sticker in our 2020 at delivery at Mount Kisco, NY on December 17 2019. Not sure if this was just an oversight at this location. I asked if I can get an electronic copy of it from Tesla as it's not anywhere in the tesla.com account delivery papers, and they delivered! Details/images below.

      NEMA-14-50-dogbone
    5. Gen 2 NEMA Adapter - NEMA 14-50
      This adapter for the Mobile Charging Connector is no longer included as of April of 2019. It's needed by anybody who has had an electrician install a 50 amp NEMA 14-50 socket for much faster charging. The adapter is available for $35 from Tesla Shop. Referred to loosely as a dogbone or dongle adapter. See discussion here.

    6. One Model 3 Phone Charging Cable - Micro USB and One Model 3 Phone Charging Cable - Lightning + USB-C Bundle. Removed May 2019.

      Automatic-Garage-Opener
    7. HomeLink removed May 2019. Only available to purchase separately at Tesla as Automatic Garage Opener.

    8. Trunk rear left storage well went from fully covered in carpeting to a combination of carpet and plastic.

    Changed

    1. Vegan Steering Wheel. Tesla announced Model 3 interior is now 100% leather free in August of 2019, see also Tesla announces Model 3 interior is now 100% leather-free. My wife isn't fond of the smell, and says it leaves a scent on her fingers. I'm actually quite ok with the mild synthetic odor.

    2. Pull tab for emergency charge port unlock is now a pull ring.

    3. Model Year Cut-off changed from January 1 to November 1. In 2018, Model 3s made in that year were called 2018 model year vehicles. In 2019, all vehicles made after November 1st were called 2020 model year vehicles, see also my details in the VIN decoder below. This explains why our cars, manufactured in Freemont CA only 13 months apart (Nov 2018 and Dec 2019) are 2018 and 2020 model years. See also MASTER THREAD: 2020 model year Model 3 and the differences, if any, from 2019 at Tesla Motors Club forums.
    4. My front fenders weren't touching the body at the A-pillar on my 2018, but for some, they did. This could cause rubbing when the car is moving, which could eventually cause paint-wear-through and rust. There's a slightly larger gap in our 2020. This issue for some is discussed here and shown by Tech Forum here.

    5. VIN Sticker
      MFD-BY-TESLA-INC-sticker-2018-and-2020

      Red Tesla logo added to the top-right corner of the B pillar sticker labeled "MFD BY TESLA, INC."

    Added / Increased

    1. Noise emitter for below 18 mph and reverse. See Tesla Model 3 reportedly gets pedestrian noisemaker ahead of NHTSA mandate:

      The noisemakers, which are designed to emit a sound while vehicles are moving below 19 mph in forward and reverse, have reportedly been installed on Model 3 units that were built since September 1, 2019.

    2. Autopilot is now standard:

      Autopilot enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane.
      Current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.

    3. Traffic Aware Cruise Control is now standard, see Autopilot above.

    4. The plastic trim around the 1/3 rear seat-back latch is now a little larger, seen pictured from inside the trunk in the pictures below.

    5. The trunk is now sealed off from the cabin. There used to be a large opening in the metal underside of the rear trunk deck, it became a glass-weave like fabric in January 2019, and as of July of 2019, it's now solid metal. See the apparent difference pictured below. I'm looking into whether this aftermark accessory does anything to reduce cabin noise, particularly for rear seat passengers. I'll detail the results here in my accessories article.

      2018-Tesla-Model-3-trunk-deck-underside-change--by-Paul-Braren-at-TinkerTry
      2018 Tesla Model 3 underside of trunk deck.
      2020-Tesla-Model-3-trunk-deck-underside-change--by-Paul-Braren-at-TinkerTry
      2020 Tesla Model 3 underside of trunk deck.
    6. Under bumper cut-out for trailer hitch.
      Apparently added in June of 2019 including our SR+. See also 2019 Model 3 Performance has a hitch cover, and my pictures below.

    7. Plastic rear license plate holder is now standard, not pictured (yet).

    Items changed from 2018 LR AWD to 2020 SR+

    This includes the step down from the Premium Interior to the Partial Premium Interior.

    Removed / Reduced

    The Tesla Front Drive Unit is optimized for power even at low RPM. It's an AC induction motor pictured in red at right, logical that it's not there in the Standard Range / Standard Range Plus models. All Model 3s have a PMSRM [Permanent Magnet Switched Reluctance Motor] in the rear, optimized for range.

    1. Front motor, details above.

    2. Battery pack reduced from 72kWh to 50kWh. Source - Wikipedia.
    door-pocket-hole--TinkerTry
    1. Front door pocket ambient lights
      Removed November 2019. See Partial Premium Doesn't Come With Ambient Lights?. According to Tesla Parts Catalog - 15 / Interior Trim / 1513 Door Trim / Front Door Trim Pad, these two lights, one for each front door, are called WHITE TASK LIGHT, GRAINED / PART # 1007151-70-E.

    2. Rear door pocket ambient lights
      Removed November 2019. See Partial Premium Doesn't Come With Ambient Lights?. According to Tesla Parts Catalog - 15 / Interior Trim / 1513 Door Trim / Rear Door Trim Pad, these two lights, one for each front door, are called WHITE TASK LIGHT, GRAINED / PART # 1007151-70-E.

    3. Model 3 Carpet Interior Mats aka "floor mats" removed May 2019. Model 3 Carpet Interior Mats - Available at Tesla Shop for $95. See No Foor Mats at Delivery ?:

      model-3-carpet-interior-mats

      From what has been shared online SR/SR+ does not come with floor mats or frunk mat.

    4. Model 3 Carpet Frunk Mats aka "floor mats" removed May 2019. Model 3 Carpet Front Trunk Mat - Available at Tesla Shop for $35. See No Foor Mats at Delivery ?:

      model-3-carpet-front-trunk-mat

      From what has been shared online SR/SR+ does not come with floor mats or frunk mat.

      audio-systems-for-the-model-3
      Thumbnail image of speaker locations from TeslaTap, click to view in hi resolution and to read TeslaTap's wonderfully detailed article.
    5. Subwoofer, and some of the tweeters, details differ between SR/SR+/LR models, all those great details are at TeslaTap.

    6. Weight from 4,072 to 3,627 pounds, so 445 pounds lighter. Source - Wikipedia.

    7. Range from 310 to 250 miles, a 19%/60 mile reduction. Source - EPA.

    8. Two metal clips seen in the Tesla Model 3 rear seat cushion removal for camping or cargo video at the back of the rear seat bottom cushion are no longer present in the 2020.

      The-Bacons
    9. On-screen and mobile app rear seat heater controls
      The controls went missing in September of 2016. The coils are there in the rear seats and are connected, and I physically checked to be sure. See Tesla Model 3 SR+ owners to get heated rear seats through OTA update.

    10. LED fog lamps removed July 2019, see discussion and SR + missing features.

      Tesla-Model-3-Home-Charging-35-mi-hr-40-amp-33-mi-hr-32-amp--TinkerTry
    11. Home charging speed from 48 amps to 32 amps maximum, confirmed at Tesla here. This also means that using the SR+'s included Gen 2 Mobile Connector charger connected with a Tesla NEMA 14-50 adapter to our second NEMA 14-50 wall outlet we had installed a year ago gives my wife SR+ the top 32 amp charging speed. We may save up and buy another Gen 2 Mobile Connector Bundle at Tesla Shop for $275 to keep in the SR+ once they're back in stock, but for now, we'll just leave the one that came with my LR coiled up in that long road trip car's frunk. It's worth noting that for us, having an electrician install a 60 amp circuit hard-wired to a $500 Silver or Gloss Black Wall Connector would get our charge rate up to the max 48 amps Long Range variants can handle. But for her SR+, such an expense would make little sense, given those Tesla Wall Connectors won't charge any faster than the $275 Mobile Connector adapter the SR+ came with. Also notice the very small difference of 35 mi/hr versus 33 mi/hr charging rates for the LR vs SR+, seen pictured above-right. While the LR charges at a faster rate than the SR+, it's also a bigger battery to charge. So the two Model 3s wind up charging at very similar speeds overall. For us, we can both get from 5% to 90% in about 6 and a half hours.

      trunk-sticker-differences-TinkerTry
    12. Vehicle Emissions Control Information Sticker
      just above the trunk's latch has changed in style, but both indicate the model year and test group JTSLV00.0L23. The 2018 is Evaporative Family JTSLR0000L23, and the 2020 is Evaporative Family LTSLR0000L13. I'm guessing the emissions test was rather fast and easy to perform ;).

    13. Maximum Supercharger V3 speed from 250kW to 170kW. Sources - Teslarati and InsideEVs.

    Added / Increased

    • Efficiency increased from 116 MPGe to 133 MPGe
      Source - Wikipedia. Detailed specifications comparisons at TinkerTry here.
    1. Tire Pressure
      Raised 42 psi to 45 psi. Source - B pillar sticker behind front driver-side door.
    • Two white stickers
      Added to the back of the rear seats visible from the trunk, easily peeled off. Not sure if this was just an oversight/human error, or if everybody has these. I only have one data point, and this picture gallery from somebody on eBay that apparently has the same stickers.

    Same

    1. Maximum Supercharger V2 speed is 150kW for any Model 3. Source - CleanTechnica.
    2. Tesla's order pages used to say that the cool stuff listed below was going to be only available on the Long Range models. Gladly, they've now published the Premium Connectivity page with all the details of what your $9.99 per month will get you on all trim levels, they're called Connectivity Packages:
      • Navigation
      • Live Traffic Visualization
      • Satellite-View Maps
      • Video Streaming*
      • Caraoke*
      • Music Streaming*
      • Internet Browser*
        [asterisk] Accessible over Wi-Fi for Standard Connectivity
        Some features such as Caraoke and video streaming are not supported on some cars based on hardware configuration. Review your release notes to confirm feature availability in your Tesla.

    That last sentence is a little cryptic. It seems to indicate that Caraoke and Music Streaming only work when on WiFi on the Standard Range Plus. If that's the case, in a pinch, you can get on WiFi when you're away from home by connecting to your phone's hotspot. Eventually, Tesla Superchargers are said to be planning to offer WiFi hotspots. As for my own tests on the 3 week old SR+, I turned off WiFi then tested Spotify, TuneIn, YouTube, and Netflix, and they all worked fine. Our SR+ indicates Premium Connectivity is active until January 17 2020 (30 days from delivery). Last week. I signed both cars up for Premium Connectivity, and for the 2018 Model 3, it becomes active on January 4 2020.


    Video

    My first draft like video was created in haste the day we took delivery of our 2020 Tesla Model 3 SR+. The sound level and mic were poor, and the edits minimal. Please skip this one and check out the next video listed below instead.

    Much improved video and audio and clarity is now available.

    TinkerTry YouTube Channel - Jan 11 2020 - 30 differences between my Tesla Model 3 2018 & 2020 model years and between LR AWD & SR+ trim levels

    Here's the index for the video.

    Time # Description

    1. 1:15 Fog lights
    2. 1:50 Frunk mat
    3. 2:16 Frunk grocery clips
    4. 2:35 Noise emitter
    5. 3:18 HomeLink automatic opener 2 garage doors
    6. 3:36 Home charging speed 48A max vs 32A max
    7. 4:24 Range goes from 310 to 250
    8. 4:35 Efficiency goes from 116 MPGe to 133 MPGe
    9. 4:43 Orange roof
    10. 5:35 Front fender to A pillar gap widened intentionally
    11. 6:12 Autopilot lane keep & traffic aware cruise control
    12. 6:48 HW 2.5 versus HW 3.0
    13. 7:22 Model year cutoff changed
    14. 8:28 Steering wheel
    15. 9:06 Ambient Lights front footwell
    16. 9:15 Dead pedals
    17. 9:57 Front door pocket light
    18. 10:31 Rear door pocket light
    19. 11:04 Window sticker
    20. 11:35 14-50 not incl. w/ Mobile Connector Bundle
    21. 12:07 USB cables for phones
    22. 12:38 seat heaters
    23. 13:19 metal clips
    24. 13:36 plastic around smaller rear seat back latch
    25. 14:00 white stickers
    26. 14:07 trunk opening underside of rear deck
    27. 14:46 emergency charger port unlock in trunk
    28. 15:07 left rear pocket in trunk carpet liner
    29. 15:27 subwoofer
    30. 15:55 under rear bumper diffuser for tow hitch
    Tesla Model 3 New Software v10.2 Visualizations Demonstrated! [2020 SR+ HW3.0 no FSD, 2019.40.50.1]
    2020 Tesla Model 3 SR+ HW3 2019.40.50.7 visualizations / GoPro HERO8 Black 4K/60 fps HyperSmooth 2.0
    Teslatunity - Dec 24 2018 - What Did Tesla Change on the Model 3?

    Features

    At Tesla.com, when I go to each car's MANAGE page then VIEW DETAILS, here's what I see listed.

    2018 Model 3 Dual Motor All Wheel Drive

    Exterior
    Midnight Silver Metallic Paint
    18’’ Aero Wheels

    Interior
    All Black Premium Interior

    Options
    Premium Interior

    Post Delivery Options
    Enhanced Autopilot
    Full Self-Driving Capability

    Supercharging Status
    Free Supercharging until September 23, 2019

    Premium Connectivity
    $9.99/mo
    Renews: February 4, 2020

    2020 Model 3 Standard Range Plus

    Exterior
    Pearl White Paint
    18’’ Aero Wheels

    Interior
    All Black Partial Premium Interior

    Options
    Partial Premium Interior
    Autopilot

    Supercharging Status
    Pay Per Use Supercharging

    Premium Connectivity
    $9.99/mo
    Renews: January 18, 2020


    Window Sticker

    • For the 2018 Model 3, the 11" x 17" sheet of paper was in the car at delivery.
    • For the 2020, the Monroney label was emailed to me later upon request.
    • I've included an image of both here, with the last 3 digits of VIN blurred out.

    2018 Model 3 Long Range AWD

    2018-Tesla-Model-3-Long-Range-AWD-window-sticker-price--TinkerTry
    At bottom-left, notice the 5-STAR ratings weren't all completed yet, and 50% US/Canadian parts content and 20% Mexico parts content.

    2020 Model 3 Standard Range Plus

    2020-Tesla-Model-3-Standard-Range-Plus-window-sticker-price--TinkerTry
    At bottom-left, notice the 5-STAR ratings are all completed, and 55% US/Canadian parts content and 25% Mexico parts content.

    2018 Model 3 Long Range AWD
    I wasn't able to also request my own sticker from monroneylabels.com, it shows an error when trying to check out and pay my $7.99:

    Notice

    Vin VIN is unavailable,please try a different one.

    2020 Model 3 Standard Range Plus
    I was able to also request my own Monroney Label for the 2018:

    2018-Tesla-Model-3-Awd-Monroney-Label-Print-requested-2020-01-15-by-Paul-Braren-at-TinkerTry

    VINs Decoded

    TeslaTap is an awesome site, here's their VIN Decoder results for my 2 vehicles, with the last 3 digits of the VIN blurred out.

    2018-vin-decoded
    2020-vin-decoded

    I'm comparing Model 3 variants here, with our family's two Model 3s bolded and referenced as examples, using Teslarati's MY2017 VIN DECODER. For Digit 10, this 2017 vintage decoder appears to have the Model Year in error though, so I've corrected that. Also, for the 8th digit, I've been told by turns2stone that "C" indicates the Performance Model (presumably instead of "4"), so I added that below as well.

    I've added each of my Model 3 VINs above the bolded VIN digit being decoded.

    • Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor / AWD
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX made 11/2018, purchased 12/23/2018 at Mt. Kisco Tesla

    • Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX made 12/2019, purchased 12/17/2019 at Mt. Kisco Tesla

    • Digits 1 – 3: World Manufacturing Identifier
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020
      5YJ = Manufacturer: Tesla Inc.

    • Digit 4: Make/Line/Series
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020
      S = Tesla Model S
      X = Tesla Model X
      3 = Tesla Model 3

    • Digit 5: Body Type and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020
      A – Hatch back 5 Dr/ LHD
      C = Class E (6001-7000 lbs) GVWR / MPV / 5 Dr / LHD
      E= Sedan 4 Dr / LHD

    • Digit 6: Restraint System
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020
      *1= Type 2 manual seatbelts (FR, SR3) with front airbags, PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags (FR)*
      A = Type 2 manual seatbelts (FR, SR
      3, TR2) with front airbags, PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags (FR)
      B = Type 2 manual seatbelts (FR, SR
      2, TR2) with front airbags, PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags (FR)
      D= Type 2 Manual Seatbelts (FR, SR
      3) with front airbags. PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags (FR)

    • Digit 7: Fuel Type
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020
      E = Electric

    • Digit 8: Motor/Drive Unit
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020
      1= Single Motor – Standard
      3= Single Motor – Performance
      2 = Dual Motor (standard)
      4 = Dual Motor (performance)
      A= Single Motor – Standard
      B= Dual Motor – Standard
      C= Dual Motor Performance – Standard

    • Digit 9: Check Digit To be assigned by manufacturer pursuant to 49 CFR § 565.6(c)
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020

    • Digit 10: Model Year
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020
      H = 2016
      I = 2017
      J = 2018
      K = 2019
      L = 2020

    • Digit 11: Plant of Manufacture
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020
      F = Fremont, CA

    • Digits 12-17: Unique serial number
      5YJ3E1EBXJF119XXX Model 3 LR AWD 2018
      5YJ3E1EA4LF612XXX Model 3 SR+ 2020

    Specifications Comparison

    • T'18 = 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor (AWD)
    • T'20 = 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus

    "Winners" in relevant categories bolded below.

    • MPG / MPGe
      T'18: 116 MPGe - 120 city, 112 highway (29 kW-hr per 100 miles). Source - US Dept. of Energy.
      T'20: 133 MPGe - 140 city, 124 highway (25 kW-hr per 100 miles). Source - US Dept. of Energy.

    • Range
      T'18: 310 miles. Source - EPA.
      T'20: 250 miles. Source - EPA.
      Most days you'll charge to 90% and you may forget to charge to 100% right before a long trip. So practically speaking, comparing at 90% is 279 miles vs. 225 miles of range, a difference of 19%. This would be true for anything above room temp, around 68°F. In extreme cold temperatures around 15°F, I've been seeing about a 40% loss in range, similar to what Electrek says here, and the graph seen here. So here's how I derive more practical driving range estimates to set expectations for winter buyers/drivers, which includes my TeslaFi stats gathered automatically during my year-long/25,000 miles of various weather driving:
      0.6 x 274 miles at 90% charge at 15°F = 164 miles of range for LR AWD
      0.6 x 222 miles at 90% charge at 15°F = 133 miles of range for SR+
      1.0 x 274 miles at 90% charge at 68°F = 274 miles of range for LR AWD
      1.0 x 222 miles at 90% charge at 68°F = 222 miles of range for SR+

    • Horsepower
      T'18: 447 hp. Source.
      T'20: 340 hp. Source.

    • Torque
      T'18: 471 lb-ft. Source.
      T'20: 330 lb-ft. Source.
    • Acceleration
      T'18: 0-60 mph 4.16 seconds, Quarter Mile 11.8 sec at 115.2 mph. Source for 0-60 and source for quarter mile.
      T'20: 0-60 mph 5.3 seconds. Source for 0-60.
      Before software 2019.36.2.1, the T'18 LR AWD 0-60 was 04.5 seconds, Source and Source.
      I've personally measured the T'18 0-60 at 4.28 seconds and the T'20 at 5.19 seconds, using my dragy 10Hz GPS Based Performance Meter.

    • Tires
      T'18: 18 in. rims, P235/35YR20. Source.
      T'20: 18 in. rims, P235/35YR20. Source.

    • Braking
      T'18: 60-0 mph in 133 ft. Source.
      T'20: 60-0 mph in TBD ft. Very likely shorter, since it's 445 pounds lighter.

    • Weight
      T'18: 4,072 lbs. Source.
      T'20: 3,627 lbs. Source.

    • NHTSA Safety Ratings
      T'18: All 5 stars, details at Source NHTSA for AWD.
      T'20: All 5 stars, details at Source NHTSA for RWD.

    Tesla.com Comparison

    Model-3-specs-listed-at-Tesla

    US Department of Energy Comparison

    At the EPA Fuel Economy site, the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is now the most efficient electric car sold! You can also see the MPGe of all models of Model 3 compared.

    epa-comparisons
    EPA comparison table for 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD, 2005 Honda Civic, 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus.

    Jan 04 2020 Update

    Earlier version of this article was written in a way to clearly indicate the Tesla Model 3 LR variants can handle 48 amp charging at home. This has now been resolved.

    Battery pack kWh ratings also added.


    Jan 11 2020 Update

    Published a new, much improved video to go with this article.

    Added comment about trailer hitch and dashboard trim above steering wheel.


    Jan 07 2020 Update

    Had door pocket LEDs in the wrong section. Discovered sticker differences and trunk carpeting differences, all now added to the article. Recorded an improved (better lighting, better sound) 4K video showing 26 differences, now I just need to edit/upload/share it, as time permits.


    Apr 04 2020 Update

    See No more auto-dimming mirrors on Model 3?, which is also true of all Model Y deliveries so far, something I inquired about here. Seems like an odd decision, is it a supply constraint issue, or mere cost cutting? If it's cost-cutting, why do it for all trim levels?


    May 27 2020 Update

    I have changed the range of the 2018 LR AWD from 322 to 310, according to the logic outlined here.


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    Disclosure: My family owns no stock in Tesla. Tesla doesn't advertise at TinkerTry, or anywhere else, and this is not a sponsored post. We financed the purchase of two Tesla Model 3s, replacing my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid in December of 2018 and replacing my wife's 2005 Honda Civic EX in December of 2019. These big moves to an all electric household were an expression of our mutual desire to go green, avoid gasoline, be safe, have fun, and save money in the long run. Mostly for my job, I drive a lot, 25,000 miles in 2019 for example, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I've learned with you. I hope you can tell!


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    2018 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD Driver Door Pocket, Ambient Lights on
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    2018 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD Driver Door Pocket, Ambient Lights on
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    2018 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD Driver Door Pocket, Ambient Lights on
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    2018 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD Driver Door Pocket, Ambient Lights on
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    2018 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD Driver Door Pocket, Ambient Lights on
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    2018 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD Driver Door Pocket, Ambient Lights off
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    2020 Tesla Model 3 SR+ Driver Door Pocket, no Ambient Light LED assembly present.
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    2018 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD some of the roof UV coatings appear orange.


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    Underside of rear bumper on 2018.
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    Underside of rear bumper on 2020, seems to be a trailer hitch access panel.