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CarsDirect Target Price
$45,630
Expert Rating
3.7 (Good)

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2023 Base 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $45,630
2023 Long Range 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $50,630
2023 Performance 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $54,130

Overview

What's New

Unlike nearly every other automaker in the industry, Tesla doesn’t follow a traditional model year schedule. So, it’s hard to say what’s in store for the 2023 Tesla Model Y. Tesla makes updates to its vehicles throughout the year and institutes those changes immediately.

We expect Tesla to formally introduce a new base Model Y with the automaker’s latest 4680 battery cells. The electric SUV should have a battery pack of 75-kWh and a range of up to 279 miles on a single charge. The vehicle isn’t available on Tesla’s website yet, but looking at the automaker’s list of used vehicles online shows that base Model Ys do exist.

Choosing Your Tesla Model Y

Tesla continues to advertise two different Model Y trims: Long Range and Performance. The base Long Range trim starts at $56,380 and the Performance model costs $60,380 (including destination). Prices have gone down dramatically compared to last year, but they might not stick around for long.

Because of changes to the federal tax credit, Model Y is eligible for the federal tax credit, as well as local and state incentives.

Engine Choices

Since we don’t have any official information on the new 279-mile Model Y’s powertrain, we’ll only cover the two that Tesla has information on. The compact all-electric SUV comes standard with dual-electric motors and all-wheel drive. Tesla doesn’t provide horsepower figures for its EVs, but the two powertrains are differentiated by range, fuel economy, and zero-to-60 mph times – the Long Range makes the sprint in 4.8 seconds, while the Performance trim cuts it down to 3.5 seconds.

While the Performance trim is the obvious choice for consumers that want extra performance, it requires a large hit in fuel economy. Curiously, the EPA does have fuel economy information on the new entry-level Model Y. The dual-motor base configuration is rated at up to 129 mpg city and 116 mpg highway. For most people, the Long Range trim will prove to be the best fit, offering one of the best ranges in the class and good performance.

ModelEngine TypeRangeMPGe (City/Highway)
Long RangeDual electric motors330 miles127 / 117
PerformanceDual electric motors303 miles115 / 106

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Every Model Y has seating for up to five, but the Long Range can seat up to seven with an available third row that costs $4,000. Another important thing to remember with the available third row is that it decreases range by 4 miles for the Long Range trim.

When it comes to cargo capacity, the Model Y has a front trunk and a traditional cargo area in the back. Between the two cargo areas, the electric SUV offers up to 68 cubic feet of total cargo space.

2023 Tesla Model Y Interior

Safety Features

Tesla offers every Model Y with its Autopilot driver-assist suite. Standard features on the Model Y include pedestrian and cyclist detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, parking sensors, and automatic high-beam assist.

Shoppers can spec Enhanced Autopilot for $6,000, which brings a more advanced version of Autopilot and includes navigate on Autopilot, automatic lane change, automatic park assist, Summon, and Smart Summon.

Full Self-Driving Capability is available for $15,000 and includes traffic light and stop sign control and all of the features from Enhanced Autopilot. Autosteer on city streets will be available through an over-the-air software update soon. As Tesla comes out with more advanced safety features, drivers with the Full Self-Driving Capability package will be able to take advantage of them through updates.

Connectivity

The standout feature in the Model Y is its standard 15-inch touchscreen that dominates the dashboard. In addition to being the infotainment system, it also acts as the central hub for all of the vehicle’s controls. Other standard features include a 14-speaker audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless charging pad, four USB ports, navigation, and Bluetooth. One glaring omission of the Model Y’s infotainment system is that it lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

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2023 Tesla Model Y Long Range – MSRP From $56,380

The Model Y Long Range comes well-equipped with features that include dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, power-adjustable front seats, 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, keyless entry, LED headlights, and a panoramic glass roof.

Beyond the seven-passenger upgrade, the Long Range trim doesn’t have many optional features. A tow hitch is $1,000, a black and white color scheme costs $1,000, and 20-inch wheels are a $2,000 upgrade. The 20-inch wheels reduce the range to 318 miles.

2023 Tesla Model Y Performance – MSRP From $60,380

The main thing that the Performance trim brings over the Long Range model is the addition of more powerful motors. The SUV also comes with aluminum alloy pedals, lowered suspension, 21-inch wheels, and upgraded brakes.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2023 Tesla Model Y Long Range should serve most people well. With 330 miles of range, plenty of standard features, and good performance, there’s not much most people will want with the trim. We think Enhanced Autopilot is worth the upgrade, as it brings a host of advanced safety tech, but balk at the idea of the $15,000 upgrade for Full Self-Driving Capability, since it doesn’t bring a lot of equipment. For people that don’t need 330 miles of range, asking a local Tesla store to get more information about the new base Model Y with 279 miles or waiting for the trim to go live on Tesla’s website could be beneficial, as we expect that SUV to cost less than the Long Range.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Loads of space for people and cargo
  • Lovely laptop-style touchscreen
  • Safe and well-equipped
  • Searing acceleration
Cons
  • Dumpy appearance
  • Questionable quality
  • Not very comfortable
  • Options packs best ignored
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.

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The power and the glory. Ever since the first-generation Roadster broke cover fifteen years ago, the Tesla brand has been synonymous with two things – electricity and performance. The latter is certainly an attribute of its Model Y crossover SUV, which is currently offered in Long Range and Performance versions. The Standard Range model has been temporarily discontinued, but we suspect it’ll return later in the year.

Even Long Range models hit 60 miles an hour from a standstill in less than five seconds, while the aptly-titled Performance version brings this figure down to 3.5 seconds. AWD is standard on both models, while an Off-Road Assist mode helps maintain traction even on loose surfaces. You can further sharpen the car’s behavior by engaging one-pedal driving or using two pedals in Chill mode. Either way, you’ll reap rich rewards in terms of fuel economy, with both models offering an estimated range in excess of 300 miles. Find a Supercharger DC connector on your travels, and you can replenish 162 miles of range in just 15 minutes, while a conventional Level 2 home charger will restore roughly 45 miles of range per charge hour.

Firm responses. The Model Y has the performance to rival a supercar, as we’ve established. It also handles pretty sharply thanks to a low center of gravity from those floor pan-mounted batteries, while its adaptive steering allows owners to adjust the effort required to turn the wheel. The ride is pretty firm, which is great when you’re in the mood for a blast, but less than optimal in a family SUV. Things are made worse by vegan leather seats which are nobly sustainable but also much firmer than you’d want in a car designed to ferry the whole family around.

Speaking of which, don’t be seduced by the $4,000 third-row seating option – it’s only really suitable for small children on short journeys. This is one of the smallest three-row vehicles on today’s market, and it shows internally. Far better to capitalize on the generous standard cargo capacity of 30.2 cubic feet, augmented by a handy frunk for additional odds and ends.

Tesla Model Y

Where’s the dashboard? If you’re not familiar with Tesla minimalism, that might be your first question on settling into the Model Y’s driving seat. There are pretty much no buttons, switches, or controls until you wake up the center-mounted 15-inch touchscreen. This controls almost everything from heating to entertainment, leaving the rest of the dash completely clear. Some might like the absence of visible air vents, buttons, and points of interest, while others might find it too spartan and plain. It’s disappointing that materials aren’t of a higher caliber, while overall build quality could best be described as variable. These remain key Tesla weaknesses, despite a four-year warranty plus eight years of battery and drive unit protection.

At least there’s plenty of standard equipment. A glass roof illuminates front seats with 12-way power alongside heating elements that recur in the rear seats, while the steering wheel is also heated. An excellent navigation system is controlled through that giant screen; there’s no smartphone mirroring, but it’s beautifully designed and intuitive to use after a brief period of assimilation. We’re expecting models released later in 2023 to have heated wipers as well since Tesla tends to roll out minor improvements whenever they’re ready.

Safety comes as standard. It’s reassuring to note that the Model Y has been given top billing by both the NHTSA and IIHS. Its robust bodyshell is protected by blind spot monitoring which complements excellent outward vision, plus active lane control and automatic emergency braking. You can spend an additional $6,000 to receive automatic lane changes, adaptive cruise control, and a self-summon functionality for private parking lots. However, we’d advise against the controversial Full Self-Driving package; it costs $15,000 and has triggered a criminal investigation by the NHTSA following a series of fatal car crashes.

Final thoughts. The Tesla brand has taken a reputational battering of late, and the Y is unlikely to entice dissenters back into the fold. It represents excellent value compared to the six-figure Model X, but pretty much any other EV offers a better-built cabin. Luxury models like the Audi e-Tron and BMW iX wipe the floor with the Y in terms of quality, while offering features like a head-up display and smartphone mirroring that aren’t even available as options here. The misnamed Full Self-Driving package isn’t worth the money, while the third-row seating is another expensive red herring.

It's a shame Tesla hasn’t mastered its reliability issues yet, because the Y is a thoroughly likable car in many respects. It’s searingly fast in Performance mode, with handling that belies its height and size. The interior might be on the wrong side of minimalist for some buyers, but others will revel in its purity and the airy sensation afforded by a glass roof that doesn’t reduce generous headroom. Standard equipment is comprehensive (and should improve further as we progress through 2023), and the infotainment screen is superb. There’s lots to like, but as an overall ownership experience, rival EVs do it better now.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
295 HP / 309 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
295 HP / 309 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
key
Not Available
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
76.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
187.0 "
Exterior Width
75.6 "
Exterior Height
63.9 "
Front Headroom
41.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.4 "
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
4,154 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
19.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Metallic Monotone / Quad-coat Monotone / Clearcoat 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
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
14
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
2
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
Driver Attention
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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