The curse of dimensionality is a widely known issue in reinforcement learning (RL). In the tabular setting where the state space S and the action space A are both finite, to obtain a nearly optimal policy with sampling access to a generative model, the minimax-optimal sample complexity scales linearly with |S| × |A|, which can be prohibitively large when S or A is large. This paper considers a Markov decision process (MDP) that admits a set of state-action features, which can linearly express (or approximate) its probability transition kernel. We show that a model-based approach (resp. Q-learning) provably learns an ε-optimal policy (resp. Q-function) with high probability as soon as the sample size exceeds the order of (1-γ)3ε2 K (resp. (1-Kγ)4ε2), up to some logarithmic factor. Here K is the feature dimension and γ ∈ (0, 1) is the discount factor of the MDP. The results is applicable to the tabular MDPs by taking the coordinate basis with K = |S| × |A|. Both sample complexity bounds are provably tight, and our result for the model-based approach matches the minimax lower bound. Our results show that for arbitrarily large-scale MDP, both the model-based approach and Q-learning are sample-efficient when K is relatively small, and hence the title of this paper.