Maybe I am missing something, but it looks to me like the pricing on the Model 3 is an incredibly good deal versus the competition. For example the way we intend to configure the "short range" model 3 (nb two days ago none of use would have considered calling 220 miles "short range"):
Basic Vehicle: $35,000
Premium Package: $5,000
The Chevy Bolt is $43,170 with the Premium Package and Fast Charging port (hardly a comparable vehicle but hey...)
For the extra $3,300 on the Model 3 one gets Supercharger Network, Autopilot, Power Seats, 19" wheels instead of 17", OTA software updates, wi-fi & LTE, and a nicer, faster, larger vehicle. (Though the Bolt does give you 18 miles of additional range I suppose). That seems like a great deal to me. (BTW the Volt will run nearly $42k with far less performance and features.)
BMW i3 is $51,200 with the Parking Assistance Package$1,000 / Technology + Driving Assistant Package$2,350/Tera World with 19" wheels $2,600/Harman Kardon surround sound system$800. So for $4,700 less the Model 3 gives you nearly 106 miles of additional range plus autopilot, super charger, way faster, etc etc
Compared to the BMW 330e $54,250 with the technology packages, premium package, and 18" wheels. The Tesla is $7,750 less and, btw, faster, no gas, etc.
Here is a round-up of the main old school ICE competitors:
BMW 330 ICE is $51,575 comparably equipped (comparable acceleration).
Merc C-Class is over $55k with the parking assist/tech package, 19" wheels, same basic stuff and the plugin hybrid is even more.
Cadillac ATS comes in over $50k with 19" wheels etc. (weak automation functions, comparable acceleration).
Lexus IS 350 (need to go up to the 350 engine to get comparable performance) is over $52k with 18" wheels and the (not very amazing) tech package
Volkswagen/Audi A4 is over $47k with 19" wheels and the tech package (the A4 is the same size as the M3).
The Lincoln MKZ 2.0 comes in at $49,885 comparably equipped with a prius-like 0-60 of 8.7 seconds.
In all of these cases I selected the RWD option and did not add optional paint colors or other bells and whistles.
In short, I just do not grasp the complaints. This looks to me like the Model 3 is, hands down, the best value for a small luxury sedan period and by far the best value on an electric sedan. Now that we know it is available in a 310 mile range we are all saying "I want one of those instead" but that was never the promise. The promise was 215 miles of range and the best small luxury sedan you can buy for the money. Looks to me like Tesla met and exceeded that promise and threw in an extra-long-range option as icing on the cake.
Am I missing something here?