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2020 Long Range 4dr Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $49,990
2020 Performance 4dr Sport Utility Price:   -  From $59,990
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3.8 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

It’s difficult to understate the significance of the all-new 2020 Tesla Model Y. It’s more utilitarian than the Tesla Model 3, simpler in concept than the Model X, and aimed directly at the sweet spot of the crossover market.

The electric compact crossover SUV becomes the fourth model in Tesla's lineup. It's smaller and much cheaper than the Model X crossover, but still offers an optional third row and the blistering performance Tesla has become known for.

Choosing Your Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is currently available in two trim levels: Long Range and Performance. The Long Range model starts at $54,190 including destination, while the Performance is priced from $62,190.

Tesla says that a Standard Range model that costs $40,200 is coming soon.

Engine Choices

While other manufacturers layout their electrified powertrain specifications, Tesla remains mum about specific battery performance and motor output. We do know, however, that the Model Y utilizes two electric motors and all-wheel drive.

According to the EPA, the Long Rang model gets 316 miles of all-electric range, while the Performance model gets 315 miles. Tesla says that it can recharge 158 miles in 15 minutes at one of their Supercharger locations.

What Tesla isn't shy about is showing off performance numbers, which are again sufficient to raise some eyebrows. The Long Range model can go from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 135 mph. The Performance flies from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and can reach 145 mph.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Model Y offers standard seating for five passengers across two rows. A third row that ups seating to seven people is available for $3,000. There's 41.8 inches of front leg room and an impressive 40.5 inches of rear leg room.

Tesla boasts of a total of 68 cubic feet of cargo space, with that figure including the front trunk compartment.

Tesla Model Y

Safety Features

Every Model Y gets automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring. Tesla also includes their semi-autonomous Autopilot system as standard.

Where the Tesla sets itself apart from others in the industry is through the optional Full Self-Driving Capability package ($7,000). This enables the Model Y to drive itself on the highway and park itself. It also includes a cool summon feature that lets owners call the car to them from up to 213 feet away via their smartphone. Of course, all this technology comes with the “Beta phase” label and a host of legality details.

The Model Y has yet to be crash-tested by NHTSA or IIHS.

Connectivity

The Tesla Model Y essentially defines what it means to be a connected car. Seemingly everything is controlled through the tablet-style 15-inch central touchscreen, from the HVAC system to the ability to play video games when the vehicle is stopped. There's standard navigation, wi-fi, Bluetooth, and a 15-speaker audio system, but no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

The cool thing about the infotainment system is that it periodically receives over-the-air updates, much like smartphones do, which add new functions as Tesla puts it out.

Tesla Model Y

Long Range - From $54,190

The Model Y Long Range is equipped with many common luxury car features, such as LED headlights, fog lights, and taillights; a panoramic glass roof; a power tailgate; and heated and power-folding mirrors. Inside, the Model Y includes heated front and rear seats, black leather upholstery, 12-way power front seats with driver position memory, a power-adjustable steering column, and keyless entry and start.

There's very little to customize with. Choices include five colors, 20-inch wheels ($2,000), a tow hitch ($1,000), the third row ($3,000), white leather ($1,000), and Full Self-Driving Capability ($7,000).

Performance - From $62,190

The Performance trim adds a lowered suspension, 21-inch wheels with wider and staggered tire sizes, higher-capacity brakes, and aluminum alloy pedals. The Performance also gets the higher top speed and faster 0-60 mph time.

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The 2020 Tesla Model Y is a uniquely performing vehicle that's aimed at the heart of the hottest segment. Add the Full Self-Driving Capability package to the Long Range trim and experience the leading edge of technology.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • The usual Tesla tech
  • Affordable starting price
  • 316-mile range
  • Very spacious
Cons
  • Affordable base model not yet available
  • Disappointing build quality
  • Still waiting for some autonomous tech
Expert Rating
3.8 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Y so important? The 2020 Tesla Model Y is poised to be next hottest thing from today's most-watched automaker. This isn't just due to the usual hype surrounding the disruptive car-builder from California; the success of the Model Y may prove to be more important to the long-term viability of Tesla than even the much-ballyhooed Model 3.

The Model Y fulfills two critical strategic moves: it rounds out Tesla's lineup with a compact crossover, and it also introduces another affordable, cool electric for the masses. With prices expected to start at under $40,000, the Model Y is set to undercut other all-electric luxury crossovers currently on the market. However, we should note that the cheapest Model Y as of this writing starts at $54,190 including destination.

If the popularity of other Tesla products is any indicator, the Model Y is sure to be another success story for the brand.

Range-busting electric power. The innards of the Model Y won't surprise anyone familiar with other Tesla products. Power comes from either one or two electric motors, depending on whether rear- or all-wheel drive has been equipped. Standard Range models are exclusively single-motor; Performance Range models are dual-motor. Long Range models can be equipped either way.

While range details for the forthcoming Standard Range are still to be determined, buyers of the Long Range get an EPA-estimated 316 miles of total range. Performance models sacrifice some range, but, in return, they gain a 150 mph top speed, lowered suspension, 20-inch wheels, and a special Track mode. It's the enthusiast's choice.

Keen readers will note that those range estimates fall short of the 373 miles of range that's currently advertised for the Model 3. There's no denying is true, but keep in mind that the Model Y is bigger, heavier, and taller than the hatchback Model 3. And the 316 miles of range of the Model Y is still significantly better than the Mercedes EQC (200 miles), Audi e-tron (204 miles), and Jaguar I-PACE (234 miles).

The Tesla is also poised to be sportier than any of those models. Case in point: even a Model Y in Long Range trim yields precise, planted handling that shouldn't be the forte of a tall, 5,200-pound crossover. Throw the Model Y into a corner and it sticks like glue while holding a line all the through and past the apex. Keep giving it throttle mid-corner and it still won't relent. Eventually, you'll get tire chirp and understeer, but at that point you should be on a track, not a public road. For an everyday car, the Model Y will more than impress.

Model 3 similarity. If everything so far reads like a Model 3 review, that's because the Model Y is essentially an enlarged Model 3 that rides higher and offers more interior space. If you're still firmly in the sedan camp, the hatchback Model 3 will be your preference. If you've come around to the commanding ride height of crossover SUVs, the Model Y should be your pick.

A word about that ride height: if you pull out the measuring tape, you'll find that the Model Y is only about an inch higher off the ground than the Model 3. Inside, though, the seating position of the Model Y is such that it feels significantly higher than that of the car-like Model 3. Tesla has given the Y that over-the-road feel buyers have come to love about crossovers and SUVs.

The Model Y also boasts far more interior space than the Model 3. Rear-seat leg room is up over 5.3 inches, and head room is increased as well. Cargo space tops out at over 68 cubic feet once the rear seats are folded, which is best-in-class. The ECQ only has 56 cubic feet of total cargo area, and the I-PACE just 52 cubic feet.

A less impressive similarity with the Model 3 is the build quality, which remains a sore spot for Tesla. Panel gaps are inconsistent, and the paint quality leaves something to be desired. These have been long-standing complaints with Tesla, and we expect them to persist as production of the Model Y ramps up.


Tesla Model Y

Decked out with tech. For the typical tech-loving Tesla owner, the Model Y shouldn't disappoint. Like its showroom siblings, the Model Y gets all manner of technology, presented in the usual Silicon Valley-like manner of sleek, simple, and sophisticated.

The party piece is, of course, the massive touchscreen in the center stack. In fact, it actually is the center stack – there are no buttons or knobs to be found. The screen is a rectangular 15-inch affair that handles everything from climate to radio to navigation. Even vitals like speed and remaining range are shown on this screen, as there's no traditional gauge cluster.

Like other Teslas, this system is fast, intuitive, and easy to use. The voice recognition software is one of the best around, and allows drivers to audibly navigate the infotainment system without taking their hands off the wheel. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Entertainment options like Hulu and Netflix are also available for when the car is stationary.

The Model Y also comes with a host of active safety and driver assist technologies. Standard equipment includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking. Tesla bundles all this under the well-known Autopilot moniker. More advanced features will be optional, including automatic self-parking and a summon feature that lets the car drive to you in a parking lot.

Tesla is also known for their over-the-air updates, so any future tech that's introduced by the brand can be downloaded off the internet by cars built prior to the updates. So, when Tesla officially rolls out the feature that lets their cars recognize and react to stop lights and traffic signs automatically – something that's in the pipeline and should be out sooner rather than later – existing cars can download the update overnight. In the morning, owners will find their Teslas ready to go with the new feature. It's not unlike how smartphones update to a new operating software.

Final Thoughts. The first Tesla was a moonshot; the Model 3 was another watershed moment; now the 2020 Tesla Model Y takes the concept of electric motoring to its natural next step. It's practical, relatively affordable, and generally a better executed crossover than the larger, pricier Tesla Model X and its complicated falcon doors.

All this should make the Model Y the most popular Tesla yet. And from our first taste of it, we can see why.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
425 HP / 475 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
127 / 114 / 121 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
425 HP / 475 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
key
127 / 114 / 121 Mpge
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Electric
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
68.0 Cu.ft. / 83.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
187.0 "
Exterior Width
75.6 "
Exterior Height
63.9 "
Front Headroom
41.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.4 "
Front Legroom
41.8 "
Rear Legroom
40.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,416 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
19.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
None
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7
Seat Trim
Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Fm/hd, Fm/hd, Seek-scan
Speakers
15
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Smart Device-as-key
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autopilot Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Autosteer W/auto Lane Change Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear / Autopark Automated
Security Systems
Sentry Mode
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
96 Months / 120,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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