November 27, 2021

Tesla has entered the compact SUV market with the Model Y being released. The numbers Tesla have sold when analyzing the Model 3 have shown people are definitely wanting more affordable electric vehicle options. With sharing the same platform as the model 3 tesla tried to produce the same success that it has had and its safe to say the Tesla Model Y is recreating that magic.

Price

Longe Range $45,690

Performance $55,690

Range and top speed

Long-range

316 miles with a top speed of 135mph

Performance

456 hp and 497 pound feet of torque

291 miles with a top speed of 155mph

Towing up to 3,500lbs

Color Options

Exterior

Pearl White, Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Red

Interior

All Black, Black and White

Performance

With a higher center of gravity, the model Y gives you a slightly different experience than the model 3, but it shares about 70% of its parts with one another. Coming in weighing 4,419 pounds the Tesla Model Y uses an All-Wheel-Drive system that has two independent motors for improved redundancy, each having one moving part for minimal maintenance and maximum durability. Unlike traditional all-wheel-drive systems, they digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels for far better handling and traction control. Model Y Performance model is a quick vehicle and comes with 456 horsepower and 497 pound feet of torque. The Model Y does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and gets through the quarter mile in 12.7.

Performance Model

  • Increased top speed from 135mph to 155mph
  • 21’’ Überturbine Wheels
  • Performance Brakes
  • Lowered suspension
  • Aluminum alloy pedals

Range economy

The Range Economy is what most people are after when they purchase an electric vehicle and the Model Y can go on average of 315 miles until its needed to charge. The model Y achieves 129 MPGe in the city and 112 MPGe on the highway. You’ll save $3,250 on average and it cost about $550 annually to power the Model Y, which will save you a substantial amount of money if moving over from an internal combustion motor.  

Safety features 

Security system

The vehicle is equipped with a means of anticipating and/or detecting unwanted vehicle intrusion. The vehicle is equipped with an ignition disable device that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used.

Interior

Stability control

Stability control automatically senses when the vehicles handling limits have been exceeded and reduces engine power and/or applies select brakes to help prevent the driver from losing control of the vehicle.

Front-impact airbags

Front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger have been designed to protect the head during a frontal crash.

Side impact airbags

Side impact airbags for the front seats have been designed to protect the torso during a side-impact collision.

Overhead airbags

Overhead airbags are used to protect the occupant’s heads in the event of a side collision or rollover.

Knee airbags

Knee airbags help to protect the occupant’s lower extremities from serious injury in the event of an accident.

Interior

The Tesla Model Y’s interior has a minimalist look like all previous Tesla models and drawbacks can be seen in this design. The model Y looks similar to the model X when viewing them from the exterior, but doesn’t come with Falcon Doors like its big brother. The seats may look a little familiar and that’s because they are the same as in the model 3. Tesla did raise seating height by placing the seats on pedestals to lift them off the ground. You don’t get dash gauge’s, but instead all your information will be on the 15 inch infotainment display which could take some time getting use to. The Legroom in Tesla’s Model Y Is great in the front and rear. Both areas were tested with passengers up to 6’4 and they had both adequate leg and headroom. Three large adults won’t fit comfortably in the rear so don’t expect to beable to roll five deep comfortably unless you have children in the rear. Tesla dropped the ball and didn’t include wireless charging, but you do get a usb outlet in the armrest. The roof is constructed of heavely tented glass which doeesn’t have a crossbar in the middle. The roof exposure doesn’t create heat and helps make the Model Y feel larger and not as compact. the rear climate control vents are present, but you’re not allowed to adjust the temperature to your liking. Heated rear seats are available as well, but it doesn’t make sense that you can’t control them. You have to ask someone in the front seat to use the display to turn them on. Tesla doesn’t  include rear heated seat buttons, but it does have two cup holders in the armrest and two USB c ports to help keep everyone charged.

Infotainment

The infotainment center  is constantly getting updated and improving the Model Y. I have driven a Model X for over two years and the upgrades are so revamped that you won’t feel like you’re driving the same vehicle after a couple of years. Autopilot is constantly changing as well as added features such as Netflix,twitch, Hulu and games to help keep you entertained while you may be charging at a station. At the center of everything except for the power windows is a 15 inch display which doesn’t include apple car play or Android Auto. That is a huge turnoff for me, but Teslas ecosystem works adequately. Sure the screen visually looks nice, but sometimes I feel like a knob to adjust the volume or physical buttons to control the heated seats would have been better. Some inputs on the display are out of your reach which will require you to reposition yourself in the seat to make these selections. The navigation uses Google Maps as a base for Tesla Maps while a company called MapBox provides the Navigation and data about routes. It works as good as google maps and sounds even better. Entering using the touchscreen display, your smart phone or verbally works well and typically is accurate on the first try. You may not have all streaming services available, but Tesla does offer its own streaming service that is adiquate.  

Warranty

Basic

4 yr/50,000 mile 

Powertrain

8 yr/120,000 mile

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