I'm sure we all dreamed of a $35,000 electric car a few years ago, but then for those of us in other countries (Canada here), we quickly realized there was currency conversion to consider. I had a deposit on a Model 3 until I put another on a red Kona Preferred, and then got a refund from Tesla, but what caused me to do this? What was your justification in getting a Kona over a Model 3? 1. The base Model 3, which could only be special-ordered as of this year, was disappointing; a compliance vehicle on Tesla's part, just to say they achieved that $35,000 price tag. It offered limited range and took away features like heated seats, quality speakers and detailed maps, while including fancier things many people didn't need or want (like a glass roof, to make production easier). 2. The Model 3 Standard Range Plus costs about $11,000 more than the Kona Preferred, which offers better range. A tough pill to swallow for a car that offers most of the premium features any person would want in it's base model here in Canada. 3. The Model 3 lacks Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and a heated steering wheel, among other things. 4. If the Model 3 breaks, it's more expensive and sometimes more difficult to repair quickly. Hyundai is a more established brand, which might offer some peace of mind to certain customers. 5. Everything being on the centre screen seems dangerous and distracting, especially on the base model which doesn't include autopilot and some collision avoidance systems. Ever try to use a touch screen on a bumpy road? Not ideal.. Physical buttons, knobs and levers are better to operate on muscle memory alone. All that being said... the Model 3 is arguably the better car, in terms of performance and charging speeds, with the amazing bonus of having access to the supercharger network. The OTA updates upgrade your car a few times per year, giving awesome new features like Sentry Mode and an in-built dashcam. It offers better leg room and even a frunk! It's what I want as an enthusiast, but when my brain chimes in and says "that $11,000 can go towards your mortgage or your wife's next car, and you won't be driving with your pedal to the metal in real-world traffic", it makes it difficult to justify. What are your thoughts and experience with choosing between the two? PS. Red Kona Preferred, ordered in Ontario at the end of April, supposedly being delivered in December (fingers crossed).