hamburger icon

2021 Tesla Model Y

Change vehicle or year
Select a Year - Tesla Model Y
Preview
OR
Change Vehicle
Make
Tesla
Model
Model Y
Year
2021
GO
Tesla Model Y OEM Exterior Photo
OEM Interior Primary
OEM Exterior
OEM Exterior
Interior Profile
Photos Colors
Used Car Price Range
$27,994 - $38,750
$27,994 $38,750
Select a Trim
Select a Trim
2021 Standard Range 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sport Utility
most popular
Price:   -  From $39,990
2021 Long Range 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $58,990
2021 Performance 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $63,990
Expert Rating
3.7 (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.

See All Used Listings

Overview

What's New

One year removed from its introduction, the 100% electric 2021 Tesla Model Y gains a rear-wheel-drive variant to the Long-Range line. Also, a 7-seat layout debuts.

Note that Tesla sometimes tweaks its lineup over the course of a year when it comes to both features and pricing. Specs presented here are as of March of 2021.

Choosing Your Tesla Model Y

Tesla offers the Model Y SUV in two trims: Long Range AWD and Performance AWD. Prices start at $51,190 and reach $62,190. A third trim, Long Range RWD arrives later.

Note that Tesla EVs are no longer eligible for a federal tax credit but may qualify for state & local incentives like the California Clean Vehicle Rebate and Clean Fuel Reward.

Engine Choices

Instead of engines, Tesla utilizes electric motors in the Model Y. Power travels to the wheels by means of a single-speed direct-drive transmission. Performance specs for the new rear-wheel-drive model are pending.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy
Long Range AWD384 hp376 lb-ft125 MPGe
Performance AWD456 hp497+ lb-ft111 MPGe

The standard Long Range model has a 326-mile range, while the Performance model has a 303-mile range. The Model Y has a 3,500-pound towing capacity, but it comes at a significant reduction in range when utilized. You’ll pay an additional $1,000 to acquire a tow hitch.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Model Y seats five in its standard two-row layout. An optional third-row gives makes this SUV a 7-passenger model.

Upfront, a small trunk (also known as a frunk) combines with the rear trunk to deliver 68 cubic feet of cargo space and that’s more than the Audi e-Tron.

Tesla Model Y

Safety Features

All Model Y trims come with a long list of standard safety features including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. The available AutoPilot package includes adaptive cruise control.

A Full Self-Driving Capability Package ($10,000) still requires drivers to maintain their attention and keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times. This package bundles auto lane change, Autopark, navigate on AutoPilot, a full self-driving computer, traffic light and stop sign control, and vehicle summon. Autosteer arrives later in the model year.

The Tesla Model Y garnered a top 5-star rating from the NHTSA. It hasn’t been tested yet by the IIHS, but the similar Tesla Model 3 earned a stellar Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Connectivity

A huge 15-inch touch-screen display dominates the interior and serves as the “nerve center” for the vehicle. Besides controlling the HVAC system and displaying instrument cluster information, the screen supplies compatibility for video streaming, an internet browser, and "Car-aoke."

Oddly, there is no smartphone compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but there are four standard USB ports. This vehicle comes with a 14-speaker audio system.

Tesla Model Y

Long Range AWD – From $51,190

LED lighting, fog lamps, 19-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, and a power liftgate highlight the Tesla Model Y’s standard exterior features. Inside, the seats are covered in imitation leather with heated and power-controlled front seats, a power-controlled tilt-and-telescopic steering column, dual-zone climate control, and ambient lighting included.

A 7-Seat Interior Package ($3,000) adds a third row for two, a USB-C charging port, a sliding second-row seat with adjustable seatbacks, fold-flat second- and third-row seats, and electronic fold-flat releases.

Performance – From $62,190

The Performance Edition optimizes power as it utilizes the front and rear wheels to motivate this SUV. This model features 21-inch wheels and upgraded exterior lighting.

Inside, the Performance trim dresses the seats in premium materials and adds aluminum and genuine wood accents.

Compare Model Y Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

Wait a few months and the lower-cost Long-Range model with standard rear-wheel drive rolls out. We don’t have pricing available yet, but it’ll lower your Model Y acquisition cost somewhat. Keep in mind that Tesla models no longer qualify for the federal tax incentive. That said, states such as California can reduce your final cost by thousands of dollars.

author image
Contributing Editor
Read Less

Expert Review

Pros
  • Real efficiency
  • It’s fast, too
  • Practical cabin
  • Cutting-edge tech
Cons
  • Not great looking
  • Build quality could be improved
  • Sparse interior
Expert Rating
3.7 (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.

author image
Automotive Editor

Functional futurism. Entering its second year on the market, the 2021 Tesla Model Y is the second crossover in the Tesla fleet. Smaller and more affordable than the Model X, the Model Y faces competition like the Polestar 2 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

The styling isn’t as daring or sophisticated as other Teslas — you won’t find the creased elegance of the Model S or the bold gull-wing doors of the Model X. The egg-like shape isn’t unpleasant, but it lacks panache.

The upside is a highly practical package. A small frunk and a spacious cargo hold combine for up to 68 cubic feet of storage, and headroom is spacious in both rows. The Model Y even offers an optional third row, although it’s best reserved for children.

Victory by numbers. In an increasingly competitive field of electric cars, the Model Y’s range is one of its greatest assets. Long Range models can travel up to 326 miles on a charge, and even the Standard Range manages 244. Those numbers comfortably outstrip all rivals save other Teslas.

Tesla’s Supercharger network is another perk, although infrastructure is improving in many areas. The right charging station will restore up to 162 miles of range in 15 minutes, which makes the Model Y much more appealing as a road-trip vehicle. Needless to say, efficiency is stellar — Long Range models earn a combined rating of 125 MPGe from the EPA. That’s the best you’ll find in an electric crossover.

These aren’t the only numbers worth celebrating. Performance trims rip from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, on par with many supercars. A low center of gravity helps keep the Model Y level in the corners, though the suspension may be too firm for some tastes.

There are a few areas for improvement. The Model Y’s 6.6 inches of clearance is an improvement over the Model 3, but it won’t be enough for any real off-roading. Tesla offers a tow package for a capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, which still falls short of many gas-powered crossovers.

Not quite luxurious. Tesla’s interior design is an acquired taste. Every button, switch, and toggle has been wiped away, leaving only a single 15-inch touchscreen dominating the dash. Even the driver’s instrument cluster is gone — speed is displayed on the screen with the rest of the vehicle information.

The system is smooth and intuitive, and it has some nifty perks (you can watch Netflix while the car is stationary). Along with a standard glass roof, it makes the Model Y feel futuristic when you step inside.

The illusion ends on closer inspection. Interior trim is better than the Model 3, but still not on par with other vehicles in this price range. Both the 3 and the Y have been dogged by reports of shoddy build quality, an unfortunate reminder that some corners had to be cut to lower MSRP.


Tesla Model Y

Autonomous...ish. Tesla prides itself on its infamous “autonomous” driving tech. Don’t believe all of the hype — even the Full Self-Driving package adds autonomy only on highways, and it costs an extra $10,000. Summoning your Tesla in a parking lot sure looks cool, but we’re not sure it’s worth the cash.

The rest of the Model Y’s tech suite is impressive. Automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors are included on all vehicles, and the Autopilot adaptive cruise control system is sophisticated.

The Model Y earned a five-star rating from the NHTSA, and the related Model 3 earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. Combined with its array of modern tech, those scores make the Model Y a safe bet for families.

Final thoughts. The Model Y falls short of perfection, and persistent build quality issues are worrying enough that competitors like the Polestar 2 deserve a look. Still, the Y redeems itself with range, performance, practicality, and unbeatable efficiency. If you can live with a giant touchscreen, the Model Y provides plenty to like.

Check prices for the 2021 Tesla Model Y »

Read Less

Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
271 HP / 310 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
140 / 119 / 131 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
271 HP / 310 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
key
140 / 119 / 131 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
72.1 Cu.ft. / 72.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
187.0 "
Exterior Width
75.6 "
Exterior Height
63.9 "
Front Headroom
41.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.4 " / 38.7 "
Front Legroom
41.8 "
Rear Legroom
40.5 " / 41.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,065 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 / Quad-coat 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
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

Used 2021 Tesla Model Y for Sale

74 vehicles found within 50 miles of your area
Tesla
Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive
Color: Gray
Mileage

28,236 mi

Map location icon

LA City Cars (4 mi)

Phone: (323) 522-9200
Tesla
Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive
Color: White
Mileage

78,294 mi

Map location icon

LA City Cars (4 mi)

Phone: (323) 522-9200
Tesla
Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive
Color: Black
Mileage

30,676 mi

Map location icon

LA City Cars (4 mi)

Phone: (323) 522-9200
Tesla
Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive
Color: Gray
Mileage

63,943 mi

Map location icon

LA City Cars (4 mi)

Phone: (323) 522-9200
See All Used Car Listings

Insider Information

We have information you must know before you buy the Model Y. We want to send it to you, along with other pricing insights.

Sign Me Up

I agree to receive emails from CarsDirect. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time. We will not spam you, and will never sell your email. Privacy Policy.

Thank you. You are now subscribed to our Pricing Insider updates.