Tesla Model Y
Tesla Model Y
Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y

Pros: Low operating costs; quick, immediate acceleration; good handling

Cons: Almost all functions are absorbed by the central touchscreen, thus complicating simple tasks; poor rear visibility

CG Says: The 2021 Tesla Model Y added an entry-level Standard Range model, but it was removed from the Tesla website midyear and now has to be special ordered. A third-row seat is now available, although it is cramped and costs $3,000. Tesla introduced its first compact crossover as a 2020 model. The Tesla Model Y is a crossover SUV version of Tesla’s Model 3 compact sedan; it has a taller body with a raised ride height and rear liftgate. It also has raised front seats and a higher roofline that results in greater second-row legroom and headroom. (An optional third-row seat increases capacity to seven passengers, although the third row is only suitable for children.) There is also more cargo room, although the aerodynamic fastback roofline sacrifices some cargo space in the interest of greater efficiency. Long Range and Performance models have all-wheel drive and the Standard Range model is rear-wheel drive. Tesla does not provide horsepower ratings for the Model Y, but lists 0-to-60-mph acceleration figures of 3.5 seconds for the Performance model and 4.8 seconds for the Long Range, and respective top speeds of 145 and 135 mph. Tesla estimates a driving range of 244 miles for the Standard Range, 316 miles for the Long Range, and 315 for the Performance model. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, collision warning, and blind-spot alert. The infotainment system is capable of accessing entertainment features such as Netflix and Spotify, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality are not available. The Model Y brings Tesla into the growing crossover market at a more reasonable cost than its larger Model X. With its excellent driving range, zippy acceleration, and greater interior and cargo room than the Model 3 sedan, the Model Y might be the electric vehicle that many mainstream shoppers have been waiting for.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Tesla
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Standard Range: $42,390
Long Range: $51,190
Performance: $62,190

Base Engine
electric motors
Horsepower
NA
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
115-131
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
106-117

Tesla Model Y
2020 Tesla Model Y
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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