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Edmunds U-Drags: Kia EV6 GT vs. Tesla Model Y Performance — Who's the Fastest Electric SUV?

Electric SUVs with supercar speed go head-to-head

Edmunds U-Drags face-off: Kia EV6 GT vs. Tesla Model Y Performance
  • This is the second time around our U-Drags course for the Kia EV6 GT and the Tesla Model Y Performance.
  • Both previously defeated Dodge vehicles with Hellcat engines.
  • Our long-term Model Y recently added a Track mode that should help it perform even better.

For electric vehicles, performance can come in many forms and that includes family-friendly compact SUVs. The Kia EV6 GT and Tesla Model Y Performance form our latest Edmunds U-Drags matchup, with each utility vehicle offering big-time horsepower and speed. This is the second go-round for both of these vehicles — in previous U-Drags iterations they each turned in a successful performance against Hellcat-powered V8 competition from Dodge. The Kia soundly defeated a Challenger Black Ghost, while the Tesla ran away from the Durango Hellcat. Don't forget that you can find these results and the U-Drags leaderboard at this link.

So naturally, it was time to pit these two against each other in a battle of electrons. The EV6 GT holds the horsepower advantage (576 hp vs. 456 hp), but the Model Y comes with its own advantages as well. It is nearly 400 pounds lighter, has grippier tires, and it got a recent over-the-air update that added a Track drive mode, which should help it go up and back even quicker. To find out which SUV ends up on top, check out the dramatic battle on our video.

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Does the Model Y's new Track mode make enough of a difference to overcome the EV6 GT's power advantage? You'll have to watch to find out.