07 May Tesla Model 3 Exterior Dimensions Comparison – Data & Analysis

May 07, 2017 | by Iqtidar Ali

As Tesla Model 3 launch is approaching closer and closer in July, the excitement is all time high for Model 3 reservation holders, fans and enthusiasts. Therefore we have to cover each and every aspect of the vehicle to be informed on what is ahead of us.

Thought of comparing exterior dimensions to other cars that are direct or indirect competitors of the Model 3 to get an idea of the size, comfort and expected driving experience of the car. Let’s look at the comparison chart below for 2017 model cars from the likes of Ford Focus, BMW 3 Series, Honda Civic to Chevy Malibu & Mazda 6.

I have added the chart separately in Metric units (cm) as some of our valued audience was having trouble with the chart being only in Imperial units (inches).

Update: Inserted the new Model 3 length after getting official feature details from Tesla.

Tesla Model 3 Exterior Dimensions Comparison

Comparison Chart in Imperial Units (Inches)

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Model Length (In.) Width (In.) Height (In.) Wheelbase (In.)
2017 Ford Focus (Sedan) 178.7 71.8 57.8 104.3
2017 Hyundai Elantra 179.9 70.9 56.5 106.3
2017 Kia Forte 179.5 70.1 56.3 106.3
2017 Mazda 3 Sedan 180.3 70.7 57.3 106.3
2017 Nissan Sentra 182.1 69.3 58.9 106.3
2016 Dodge Dart 183.9 72 57.7 106.4
2017 Mistubishi Lancer 182.1 69.4 58.3 103.7
2017 Subaru Impreza 182.1 69.9 57.3 105.1
2017 Honda Civic (Sedan) 182.3 70.8 55.7 106.3
2017 VW Jetta GLI 182.2 70.0 56.5 104.4
2017 Toyota Corolla 183.1 69.9 57.3 106.3
2017 BMW 4 Series (Gran Coupe 4 door) 182.7 71.9 54.7 110.6
2017 BMW 3 Series (Sedan) 182.5 71.3 56.3 110.6
2017 Chevrolet Volt 180.40 71.20 56.4 106.10
2017 Tesla Model 3 (Wikipedia) 184.8 74.2 56.5 113.0
2017 Audi A4 186.1 72.5 56.2 111.0
2017 Mercedes C 300 Sedan 184.5 71.3 56.8 111.8
2017 Tesla Model S 196.0 77.3 56.5 116.5
2017 Honda Accord 192.5 72.8 57.7 109.3
2017 Toyota Camry 190.9 71.7 57.9 109.3
2017 Mazda 6 191.5 72.4 57.1 111.4
2017 Chevy Malibu 193.8 73.0 57.6 111.4

Comparison Chart in Metric Units (Centimeters)

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Model Length (cm) Width (cm) Height (cm) Wheelbase (cm)
2017 Ford Focus (Sedan) 453.898 182.372 146.812 264.922
2017 Hyundai Elantra 456.946 180.086 143.51 270.002
2017 Kia Forte 455.93 178.054 143.002 270.002
2017 Mazda 3 Sedan 457.962 179.578 145.542 270.002
2017 Nissan Sentra 462.534 176.022 149.606 270.002
2016 Dodge Dart 467.106 182.88 146.558 270.256
2017 Mistubishi Lancer 462.534 176.276 148.082 263.398
2017 Subaru Impreza 462.534 177.546 145.542 266.954
2017 Honda Civic (Sedan) 463.042 179.832 141.478 270.002
2017 VW Jetta GLI 462.788 177.8 143.51 265.176
2017 Toyota Corolla 465.074 177.546 145.542 270.002
2017 BMW 4 Series (Gran Coupe 4 door) 464.058 182.626 138.938 280.924
2017 BMW 3 Series (Sedan) 463.55 181.102 143.002 280.924
2017 Chevrolet Volt 458.216 180.848 143.256 269.494
2017 Tesla Model 3 (Wikipedia) 469.392 188.468 143.51 287.02
2017 Audi A4 472.694 184.15 142.748 281.94
2017 Mercedes C 300 Sedan 468.63 181.102 144.272 283.972
2017 Tesla Model S 497.84 196.342 143.51 295.91
2017 Honda Accord 488.95 184.912 146.558 277.622
2017 Toyota Camry 484.886 182.118 147.066 277.622
2017 Mazda 6 486.41 183.896 145.034 282.956
2017 Chevy Malibu 492.252 185.42 146.304 282.956

Source: Wikipedia, Manufacturers, CarAndDriver reports

So as we can see Model 3 has a significantly longer wheelbase compared to similar dimension cars such as the Honda Civic, BMW 3 Series, VW Jetta and the likes. The closest wheelbase length is of the Audi A4’s (110.6 inches) which is actually a longer vehicle by overall length than the Model 3.

The only car in this chart surpassing a longer wheelbase than the Model 3 is Tesla’s own Model S which has a 116.5 inch long wheelbase. The longer wheelbase allows for more battery packs and interior space for the upcoming Model 3. Also the height of the vehicle is identical to that of the Model S which ensuring comfort for taller people who want to go green with an affordable electric car.

The interior dimensions of the Model 3 are still unknown as the automaker is going stealth regarding the interior. Also in-spite of several Model 3 spy sightings no one is able to get even a clear interior picture of a production candidate yet.

So we all are anxiously waiting for Model 3’s final unveil event in July which will unravel every mystery about the most anticipated car of the year 2017. (Still waiting for a specific date of July for the event.)

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  • Updated the figures for Model 3 length after official value came out of Tesla i.e. 184.8″ instead Motor Trend’s 184.1″