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 (mm) as some of our valued audience was having trouble with the chart being only in Imperial units (inches).

Updated the tables with official dimension values after full & final specs and prices unveiled by Tesla after delivery event.

Related: Tesla Model 3 Interior Dimensions Comparison

Figure describing Tesla Model 3 exterior dimensions released after delivery event.
Figure describing Tesla Model 3 exterior dimensions released after delivery event.

Comparison Chart in Imperial Units (Inches)

*You might need to rotate your mobile device horizontally to show the full width of the table.

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 (Tesla Official) 184.8 76.1 56.8 113.2
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 (Millimetres)

*You might need to rotate your mobile device horizontally to show the full width of the table.

Model Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Wheelbase (mm)
2017 Ford Focus (Sedan) 4,539 1,824 1,468 2,649
2017 Hyundai Elantra 4,569 1,801 1,435 2,700
2017 Kia Forte 4,559 1,780 1,430 2,700
2017 Mazda 3 Sedan 4,580 1,796 1,455 2,700
2017 Nissan Sentra 4,625 1,760 1,496 2,700
2016 Dodge Dart 4,671 1,829 1,466 2,703
2017 Mistubishi Lancer 4,625 1,763 1,481 2,634
2017 Subaru Impreza 4,625 1,775 1,455 2,670
2017 Honda Civic (Sedan) 4,630 1,798 1,415 2,700
2017 VW Jetta GLI 4,628 1,778 1,435 2,652
2017 Toyota Corolla 4,651 1,775 1,455 2,700
2017 BMW 4 Series (Gran Coupe 4 door) 4,641 1,826 1,389 2,809
Model Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Wheelbase (mm)
2017 BMW 3 Series (Sedan) 4,636 1,811 1,430 2,809
2017 Chevrolet Volt 4,582 1,808 1,433 2,695
2017 Tesla Model 3 (Tesla Official) 4,694 1,933 1,442 2,875
2017 Audi A4 4,726 1,842 1,427 2,819
2017 Mercedes C 300 Sedan 4,686 1,811 1,443 2,840
2017 Tesla Model S 4,978 1,963 1,435 2,959
2017 Honda Accord 4,890 1,849 1,466 2,777
2017 Toyota Camry 4,849 1,821 1,471 2,776
2017 Mazda 6 4,864 1,838 1,450 2,829
2017 Chevy Malibu 4,923 1,854 1,463 2,829

Sources: Tesla Inc., Manufacturer Specs, 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″

  • jstack6

    Seems like a very common size so it will be perfect for most people. We have a friend or two who are 6 foot 10 and they fit in many cars reasonably well. A few are awkward. The new chevy Bolt was good for him. Were can’t wait to have him try the Tesla Model 3.

    • 6’10” seems to much for the smaller #Model3, hope it works for your friends, do let us know when you’ve tried them driving the Model 3 and maybe capture a video, it’d be good to showcase taller people using Model 3 easily !

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