Thank you, at least someone here can have a rational discussion.
Price parity doesn't mean entry level, it means price parity. As you know my pet example is the Kona, where the EV is about double. You get $40k Kona quality, or you get the same quality but in an 80k package. Where does premium level kick in? 70k? 80k?
Thanks for the details on the 3 and T3. Doesn't Tesla provide you with a car that has features that you need to pay extra for so they unlock them? So the car you bought has those features, and you have paid for them. But you need to pay extra to unlock them.
We have read about door panel issues, paint issues, etc. Thats not really what I see positive when dealing with an Apple type brand, preceded as premium quality. Except that Apple was premium hardware and software quality. Personally I see Tesla as 1.0. Keen to see how they progress though.
Runabout Leaf? No, I dont agree, you will pay a good % more to get an older car as in the Leaf, as compared to a newer lower km ICE, and with low weekly mileage, you won't recover that extra
I'm well aware what price parity is, and I've mentioned three times now that no, price parity doesn't exist at the entry level/low cost bracket such as what you're comparing an ICE Kona to. When you get to the premium ICE brands such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc then yeah, price parity is basically there now. An Audi eTron and an ICE Audi Q8 are basically the same price.
What you've mentioned for Tesla is only true of Full Self Driving, the feature which currently means that the car can change lanes on its own on the motorway with the eventual goal that it will be able to drive you from home to work and back without you needing to actively control the car (if Elon is to be believed, this latter functionality will be with us by the end of the year). I think we should be able to agree that self driving is in a different category to other features like dash cam functionality and auto high beams. Any new features outside of self driving that Tesla creates in software updates is automatically available to their cars for free.
If you want to stick on points about panel gaps and paint issues then that's up to you but both Tesla and the world has moved on as these issues you mentioned are from years ago now when Tesla was ramping up. Nearly all car reviewers compare the Model 3 with the BMW 3 series.
From a performance point of view, a $10k Leaf is going to perform a lot better than any of the low budget new vehicles. However, I appreciate that if one is shopping for a new vehicle that they might not be wanting to consider a second hand vehicle.