2021 Tesla Model Y

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2021 Tesla Model Y Review

  • Plenty of range
  • Stunning acceleration, especially from the Performance model
  • Convenient Supercharger network for long-distance driving
  • Roomy seating front and rear
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Performance model's overly stiff ride
  • Optional third row of seats is barely usable
  • Introduced, and then discontinued, Standard Range version
  • Seven-seat configuration now available
  • Part of the first Model Y generation introduced for 2020

The 2021 Tesla Model Y is a small SUV that slots below the larger Model X in the company's lineup. It has a lot in common with the Model 3 sedan, including similar design inside and out. For 2021, Tesla adds a Standard Range version and the long-awaited third row of seats — but there's a catch to both. The rear-wheel-drive Standard Range is less expensive than other versions, but it has notably less range and is only available via special order by calling Tesla. And the third row of seats is strictly for small children because the rear window glass directly intrudes on passenger head space.

These compromises won't be worth the trouble to many people, but the Model Y still has many redeeming qualities. Its Long Range and Performance variants offer impressive range, each rated by the EPA at more than 300 miles on a full charge. They also feel great to drive. However, new challengers have entered the EV arena in the past year. In particular, you should check out the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUVs. Audi's e-tron is another viable pick if you want something more luxurious. Need help deciding on the Model Y? Check out our Expert Rating below for our in-depth evaluation.

What's it like to live with?

Our car experts lived with a 2020 Tesla Model Y Performance and drove it for thousands of miles as part of our long-term evaluation fleet. Read our long-term Tesla Model Y test page to learn about long-term reliability, energy efficiency and our take on what it's like to own a Model Y.

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The Model Y is a stylish and roomy electric SUV with strong appeal. In Performance trim, it's also extremely quick and dynamic. Unfortunately, the optional sport suspension and large wheels make for a relatively uncomfortable ride. And as with all other Teslas, the Y lags the rest of the industry when it comes to smartphone integration.
We tested the Model Y Performance with the optional Performance Upgrade. Acceleration is rapid; our test car launched from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Stopping capability from 60 mph is equally impressive; our test car stopped in just 108 feet. Both of those numbers are better than the stats of a lot of traditional sports cars, and the Y is certainly one of the fastest EVs we've tested to date.

Steering and handling are also laudable despite the Model Y's heavy weight. The steering feels light and responsive to any input and gives you a sense of control and connection through a corner. There's minimal body roll, especially for an SUV. In-town drivability is excellent. Seasoned EV drivers will appreciate the adjustable regenerative braking that allows you to drive nearly exclusively using just the right pedal.
The Model Y's cabin provides good comfort in some areas and disappoints in others. The seats are well padded and provide ample support, for example, and the seat heaters warm quickly. The climate control, like everything else, is touchscreen-operated. It can cool and heat the cabin well, but it has to work extra hard if the sun is out and beaming through the Y's expansive glass roof. You can remotely precondition the cabin before you get in, which is convenient.

The biggest drawback in comfort is ride quality. The Model Y doesn't smooth out much in the way of bumps or road irregularities, and we suspect our test vehicle's large wheels and lowered sport suspension only worsened the issue. The grippier summer tires also generate a bit more noise, though that's a typical trade-off for the added performance. For a smoother and quieter ride, we suspect the regular Model Y Long Range will be a better choice.
The Model Y's cabin is spacious, with lots of headroom and legroom for all occupants. Getting in and out is easy thanks to the wide-opening doors, tall roof and low step-over height.

Alas, the large touchscreen, while it looks cool and modern, is the Y's single gateway to controlling nearly everything. There's a learning curve to using the controls and the system is generally distracting to use while driving. Another issue: If the touchscreen flakes out, you lose the majority of access to the Model Y's controls.

Forward visibility is impressive thanks to the tall and wide windshield and short hood. There's only a bit of obstruction from the large front windshield pillars when making turns. Rear visibility, however, is like what you get in a sport coupe. The slim rear window and high rear beltline greatly restrict what you can see out back.
There are significant pros and cons when it comes to the Model Y's technology features. The big center screen is easy to see and has crisp-looking graphics. The navigation system, which is Google-based, has beautiful-looking graphics too. But the system can be slow to update in spotty service areas, leaving you temporarily mapless. The sound quality from the 14-speaker audio system is immersive.

Biggest downside? There's no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration. Bluetooth is the only way to connect your phone, and it's a poor substitute compared with the more feature-packed capability of CarPlay and Android Auto. You can theoretically use Tesla's voice controls to do many things, such as set the cabin temperature or open the glovebox. Yet we found their effectiveness to be lacking in real-world use. Making simple requests, such as "call Mom," failed to work on multiple occasions in our testing.

The Model Y's advanced driver aids, however, are excellent. The sophisticated adaptive cruise control, lane-centering and blind-spot monitoring, plus a real-time digital map of all the cars and motorcycles around you, are great tools on the open road. And if you're parked, you've got access to an internet browser that allows you to do stuff like watch Netflix or scroll through YouTube videos — provided you're up-to-date on your Tesla data plan ($9.99 a month) or connected to Wi-Fi. One of the greatest innovations from Tesla is constant over-the-air updates that can add new features and system optimizations.
The Model Y's cargo space is massive. Tesla cites 68 cubic feet of maximum capacity, though it's unclear whether that number includes the front trunk. The rear seats don't fold entirely flat, but there's a wide opening and an easy load-in height. The removable cargo floor provides even more rear storage underneath. When it comes to storing small items such as water bottles or smartphones, the Model Y's large center console is decent for the job, but organization options are limited.

Child safety seat accommodation is average for an SUV of this size. There's sufficient space for even the largest of child seats. The lower car seat anchors, however, have small access points and are hard to loop through. The top tether points are on the lower side of the rear seats and can be hard to reach.
The EPA estimates the 2020 Model Y Performance (which is what we tested) has a maximum range of 291 miles and uses 30 kWh of electricity for every 100 miles of driving. Both are impressive for an electric SUV.

In Edmunds' real-world testing of our 2020 Model Y Performance, we observed a total range of 263 miles at a consumption rate of 29.6 kWh/100 miles running in the max-range battery mode, which charges the battery to full capacity. This mode is not recommended for daily use and should be reserved for longer trips. While this result is a bit disappointing, we think the Model Y Performance still has sufficient range for most buyers as long as you're driving conservatively.
Our Performance model test car was well into luxury SUV pricing territory with an MSRP, including destination, of $68,700. Also know that the $7,500 federal tax credit for Teslas has officially run out.

Is that a good deal? The appeal of the Model Y depends on what you value. If it's speed and performance, the Model Y is a relative bargain compared to other high-performance SUVs. But if interior design and comfort features are priorities, the Model Y is slightly disappointing.

The Model Y Performance has a 11.5-kW on-board charger and the usual assortment of charge cord options, including a standard 120-volt household adapter, a 240-volt SAE public charge equipment adapter and a NEMA 14-50 "RV park" adapter. It also works with the nationwide Supercharger network, though you'll have to pay to fill up (about 26 cents per kWh). The Model Y can charge to 80% via Supercharger in about 30 minutes.

In terms of warranties, the Y's is a bit below average for a luxury SUV but comparable to coverage for a luxury EV. You get four years/50,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and roadside assistance. Tesla covers the battery for eight years/120,000 miles and guarantees 70% retention of the battery life over that period.
There's lots of fun to be had with the Model Y Performance. Its rapid acceleration, high handling limits and quick steering check off the "fun-to-drive" boxes. The Y's sleek stance makes it good to look at too. With the optional lowered suspension, bigger wheels and optional red paint, this SUV is a real looker.

Which Model Y does Edmunds recommend?

Our choice for most EV shoppers is the Long Range. It's properly quick and has an impressive EPA-estimated range of 326 miles. Actual real-world range isn't usually that good because Tesla recommends charging to 90% to avoid shortening battery life, but even so this is among the longest-driving electric vehicles out. The Model Y Performance is crazy fast, but its overly stiff ride is too much of a drawback.

Tesla Model Y models

The Tesla Model Y is a fully electric small crossover SUV with seating for five passengers. An optional third row increases seating capacity to seven. It comes in two main trims: Long Range and Performance. You might have also heard about the Model Y Standard Range. Tesla offered this introductory trim briefly on its website at the start of 2021 only to discontinue it a month later. It had a purported 244 miles of range. Feature highlights for the Model Y include:

Long Range
This trim is optimized for maximum driving distance and comes with:

  • 326 miles of range
  • Dual motors and all-wheel drive
  • Touted 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • 15-inch central touchscreen
  • Streaming services (navigation and entertainment; subscription required)
  • Wireless device charger
  • 15-speaker sound system

This safety equipment comes standard on every Model Y:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Model Y and the car in front)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Model Y back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)

Performance
This sportier version offers the following:

  • 303 miles of range
  • Touted 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds
  • 21-inch wheels
  • Performance brakes
  • Lowered suspension
  • Aluminum alloy pedals

Main options for the Tesla Model Y include:

  • Third row of seats increases capacity for up to seven passengers
  • Tow hitch (adds a Class II tow hitch for lightweight trailers up to 3,500 pounds)
  • Full Self-Driving Capability (provides additional semi-automated driving assistance features, such as summoning the Model Y out of parking spaces and automatic lane changes on the highway. Tesla promises this feature will support fully automated driving in the future but so far the Model Y's "self-driving" capability doesn't exist.)
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Tesla Model Y.

Average user rating: 4.2 stars
6 total reviews
5 star reviews: 66%
4 star reviews: 16%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 18%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Notions improvements.
Jim ,
Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
My first Tesla was early production 2018 Model 3. My newest Tesla is a 2021 Model Y. People compare to ride quality of Mercedes. Okay fine, maybe doesn’t float like a Benz but I’ll take that over endless costly engine troubles with both a M and C class I owned. I’ve gone across the country in my 3 from NYC-CO and had 0 issues. I agree with some service comments. Tesla can improve its human interaction and being more reachable. This Y is super fun to drive, seats are comfortable, it’s quiet. Mine has 0 panel gap issues, 0 paint issues, and my biggest complaint is they no longer include NEMA adapters. The ease of ordering and delivery is wonderful and I’m glad to never step foot inside a shady car dealer again. Once more legacy brands come onto the scene with range-worthy full EVs then Tesla will have to step up its feature offerings and those legacy brands will need to have a comparable to Tesla’s supercharger network.
5/5 stars, Redefined the automobile
Kevin M,
Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
This is an amazing car... top in performance, economy and safety. I have owned the car for a week and I am discovering more and more to love about the way it drives. It feels like it is attached to the road, so solid. The acceleration, even with my non-performance version, puts a smile on my face and gives me an incredible feeling of satisfaction when I leave every stop light. This is a 7-seat, family SUV that accelerates as fast as the 12 MPG BMW 840i M-Sport. The sound system is the best that I have experienced in a car... solid bass and immersive sensation from the multitude of speakers. There were no panel gaps or paint issues, the interior is perfect and not a rattle to be heard. The build quality is exceptional. The order and delivery process was such a refreshing experience, without one pushy dealer trying to sell me undercoating, credit life insurance, extended warranty or some other useless dealer add on. No oil changes, no brake jobs (for a long time) and most of all no more waiting in line to pump gas every week. I cannot wait to take a road trip and really give the Navigate on Autopilot a real test.
4/5 stars, Try the Model Y
Dale,
Performance 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Overall we love our Model Y. The handling and performance are absolutely excellent. It is exhilarating to drive each and every trip. The front seats have copious adjustments and are very comfortable. We have had no returns to the dealer for problems. OK reality strikes with a balance. Although we have only 3,000 miles on it, much has been learned. Any discount off MSRP is unlikely. Factory fit and finish are not this vehicle's favorite claim. There will be a learning curve. Driving it on the mostly flat interstates of the midwest gives us a comfortable, realistic range of 225 miles - far short of the claimed 303 miles. Use the range metric of about 25 miles per 10% of battery energy to plan your recharge points. Around town use will give you closer to 30 miles per 10% of battery energy. When reaching the practical limit of 250 miles, you better be at the charging station. Our Model Y came with "summer tires." That means you really do not want to drive in ice or snow or temperatures much below freezing - change to seasonal tires. Installing mud flaps (especially for the front) and the plastic sheet rear fender protectors is recommended. Remember this is a battery only ride - there is no gasoline engine like on a hybrid car. There are three general battery recharge options: 1. Tesla dedicated "Superchargers", other commercial chargers and home charging. It appears that Tesla dedicated Superchargers are placed at convenient intervals on the interstate and this is the best option for quicker recharges. In my experience, I have never had to wait in line to plug-in. However it is feared that this may change when the need exceeds the power grid's ability to supply electricity. 2. Other commercial chargers may or may not be Tesla friendly - check ahead to see if you have or need the correct adapters. Not all of these stations are open to the public. 3. Home charging options can be selected based upon your individual needs. I skipped the rather expensive Tesla home charging station in favor of using a regular 120volt/15amp outlet. However this route does take some time - like Friday evening to Monday morning for a 0 to 100% charge. I have it plugged in all the time. If you are not parking in a garage, running an extension cord from an outlet may be inconvenient. I carry an extension cord with me - just in case. Should you be unlucky enough to experience a breakdown, such as exhausting the the battery or getting a flat tire, you will need to contact Tesla Road Assistance for rescue via the car's computer or your mobile phone. This service is available for the four years of factory warranty. For those drivers not experienced with a high performance vehicle, prudence may suggest reducing power from "sport" to "chill" on the control menu until mastery is achieved. Inexperience in a really fast vehicle can lead to a really bad outcome.
5/5 stars, The Tesla I always wanted
JRS,
Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Don't get me wrong--I loved my 2018 Tesla 3 with dual motors and long range. It was a joy to drive. Unlimited torque, hugged the road and quietly ate up the miles. That said, I had hesitation buying a sedan. I live in the country with dirt roads, harsh winters and a big dog. Had there been a cross over Tesla in 2018 I might have bought it. Now the model Y comes along. I test drove a friends and loved it and traded in my 2018 Model 3 for a 2021 long range dual motor Model Y. This is the Tesla I always wanted. Taller and higher seating position. Tight road hugging driving perhaps a tad less than the Model 3. Quiet, excellent road handling with the feel of a luxury car but oh so quiet. Terrific torque and acceleration almost as good as the Model 3. Outstanding rear cargo room big enough for the dog and a lot of other stuff. In summary I love it. As an added bonus it is much easier to get in and out of which is a much more pleasing experience for your passengers.

2021 Tesla Model Y videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Hey. Carlos Lago with Edmunds here. It's been one year of ownership with our Tesla Model Y Performance performance. What's it been like? Do we still like it? Would we still recommend it? How many drag races has it won? And what's in store next? We're going to talk about all that in this video. Before we do, give us a like, comment, and we also appreciate a subscription if you enjoy this kind of content. Also check out some of the links below to learn more about our long term test program. Also visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car. As a quick reminder, we preordered this Model Y Performance in March 2019. It has a starting price of $61,000. Now that price includes destination, but not incentives and rebates because those change depending on where you live. As for options, we check the boxes for the no cost performance upgrade, thus, the performance "Performance" name, red paint, and full self-driving capability, which at the time cost five grand. That brought the as tested price of this car to $68,700 thereabouts. Now Tesla continuously changes prices, range, specs, feature availability, and so on for all of its vehicles. Today's Model Y Performance at the time of this recording costs a little bit less in terms of base price. But the price of full self driving capability has doubled. If we were to build this exact same car today, it would cost about $72,000. So what's it been like? It's been fine. Compared to other Teslas we've owned previously, this one has spent considerably less time at the service department undergoing repairs, in fact no time at all. So that's good. But that doesn't mean it's been problem free either. We'll talk about that later. To answer the big question, though, do we still like it? Would we recommend it? The answer is a not very helpful, it depends. Let's start with the good. This thing is so goddamn quick. For evidence, just check our growing repository of drag race videos. So far, it's a kill list includes a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, a BMW X3M, a Mercedes Benz GLC 63 S AMG, a Porsche Taycan, and even our own Ford Shelby GT500. Kind of incredible, right? What's more impressive is some of those cars are certainly quicker than the Model Y at the test track. So what happened? Well, those cars when they are quicker, it's only when you get the variables right, when the temperature's right, when the surface is right, when the driver skill is right, when the launch control is right. Then you can extract all that additional performance. The Tesla doesn't need any of that. All you do is hit the go pedal and you go. And that's what happens in the real world. That shows up in drag races and that's fun, sure. But it also makes for better power on a freeway onramp, more control when you need to make a pass on a two lane road, or when you need to squeeze in traffic somewhere. It gives you more tools and the ability to do that. And it doesn't require any special drive modes or launch control or anything. And it actually can also kind of be a problem if you have impulse control issues. But it isn't just the performance. As we called out earlier when we first reviewed this, this is basically a Model 3 that has more interior space and more cargo volume. And that makes it a more functional family vehicle. But beyond that functionality in space, there's also the endless doodads, and features, and entertainment in this display screen that's fun for the whole family, whether it's the whoopee cushion, the sketch pad, the video game emulator, or even the digital audio workstation. [MUSIC PLAYING] Smooth jazz. This stuff's a lot of fun to mess with when you're waiting for the charge to finish, or when you're waiting for, I don't know, your camera crew to finish setting up a shot. Why does it take so long? Romance mode. The biggest advantage though of Tesla ownership continues to be access to the supercharge network, which to date remains the easiest and most consistent charging solution you'll find when you're driving long distances. We've tested a number of EVs that rely on third party charging networks for the same duty that the supercharger serves. And often, we found these chargers are difficult to locate in unfamiliar areas. The biggest headache you'll find at a supercharger network is waiting for an open plug on a busy holiday. So what didn't we like? Well, these 21 inch wheels and the suspension they rode in on, I was admittedly soft on the ride quality when we first bought and reviewed this car. But after 9,000 miles, ride quality continues to be the biggest complaint our team has with our Model Y performance. Are we whining? Maybe a little bit. But here's the thing. These 21 inch wheels are heavy. And they create big impacts over bumpy roads. How big? Well, our test team manager Jonathan found out as he was driving over a bumpy road while coincidentally rolling up the windows. The bumps were enough to actually trigger the anti-pinch built into the windows so they don't crush your fingers when they're being rolled up. That's how big the impacts are. Now you might expect that kind of ride quality with a high performance vehicle of some kind. But I don't with a luxury compact SUV. In fact, I don't even expect that ride quality with sports cars anymore because I swear, our long term Corvette rides better than this. What else? Well, then there's all of Tesla's missing promises that continue to grow in terms of list like full self-driving capability. Its reactions to what's happening around it, at least what it perceives happening around it, are so different than what I would do and what is actually happening. It's an option we paid five grand for and now costs 10 grand if you remember. And it doesn't exist yet. Doesn't work. Tesla continues to roll out updates and features that are always in beta. Currently in beta. Navigate on autopilot, also in beta. And summon is also in beta. Navigate on autopilot for example attempts to take control of the vehicle while you're on the freeway managing speed and where you're at in the lane. And lane changes as well. There's traffic and stop sign recognition that will slow you down when it senses a stoplight or a red light. The problem is none of this stuff works. In my hands at least, I frequently have to intervene on the steering wheel because the car has difficulty tracking lanes in a smooth way. Or it applies the brakes or slow down unnecessarily without reason. And I can't make sense of it. I live in LA. I drive this car in LA. This isn't the sticks. This is major freeways used by tens of thousands of people every day. If there's any place where it should work, it should probably be here. And it's more confusing because I see a lot of Tesla enthusiasts praise how the car behaves in their hands. And I wish we were having that experience with ours too. And I also see a lot of people using this stuff in a really dangerous way like not sitting in the driver's seat. And I find that scary. Call me a Luddite if you haven't already in the comments below. And if you're a Tesla owner and enthusiast who enjoys these features and they work great for you, that's awesome. I wish we were having the same experience. But I'm happy for you. My concern, though, is for people who are shopping for their first Tesla and considering some of these features and how they work in application. And the answer is sometimes they don't. Tesla clearly says these things are in beta. You have to opt in to use them. They show on their pricing that full self driving capability doesn't really exist yet. The challenge is when you spent $5,000 to $10,000 on that option, you're going to want to play with the features when they show up. You just have to remember, these cars don't drive themselves. They may one day. They don't right now. This is emergent technology that you can't blindly trust. And you shouldn't do stunts with them just for social media clicks. How about recalls? Well, there are two open recalls for the Tesla Model Y. One is for inoperative trailer brake lights and the other is for loose bolts on the front upper control arms. That's right, loose bolts on critical suspension components. Fortunately, neither apply to our car. And that suspension issue seems to apply to only a small number of Model Ys. Also, if you've been watching the news lately, you'll see Tesla has been making some rather eye opening claims about what constitutes where items in its conversations with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal agency that oversees recall efforts. That's a topic for another video and definitely worth further research. When it comes to maintenance, well there hasn't really been any because this is an EV. And there's nothing here to maintain. That said, this car hasn't been totally issue free. Small things have cropped up like panel gaps that appear to get worse over time maybe, the back seats have developed quite a rattle, and they're also no longer evenly aligned next to each other. I just noticed too that our passenger fog light appears to have gone into winter hibernation mode. Come on, buddy. Come on out. It's time. I need you for the fog. Let's talk more about these wheels. This is our fault, but these wheels are magnets for curbs. Yeah, drive more carefully and all that. We do when we're in our Corvette. - [INAUDIBLE] flyer this time. Come on. CARLOS LAGO: Or our GT500. Those are special cars. Let's face it. This is a family SUV that does family SUV stuff. It's not going to receive the consistent level of caution that we're going to give to cars that we don't drive as frequently. And that's just the honest truth I take blame for the first damage on these wheels. I thought I dropped a tire just a little bit while driving up a curvy road. And no, I destroyed the tire and put a big chunk in the wheel itself. After 9,000 miles of use and this vehicle going through a lot of hands, these wheels have rash all over the rims. Look, kids. Tire sidewall isn't just good for ride quality. It also protects you from certain embarrassment too. What? It can't be any worse, can it? Maybe I should do my eyebrows next. SPEAKER 2: Carlos, it looks terrible. CARLOS LAGO: [SHUSHING] Last thing about wheels and tires, we did get a flat at one point which gave us the opportunity to interact with Tesla's service department. And that actually went really well. The editor who noticed a flat, the car was at his house. He called the service department. They offered him the ability to tow the Tesla to the service department and they would give him a loaner wheel and tire while they repaired that wheel and tire. Or he could wait the following day for a mobile service department to show up, which he did. Because it was at home. Mobile tire service showed up, patched the wheel, and was gone in a couple hours. And I think it costed like $78. So a really easy process. Has anything else gone wrong? Yes. The screen on our Model Y has died multiple times in the hands of different editors. The people who've had it happen to them just say the screen just slowly fades to black and you lose all functionality. Of course, everything is controlled through this screen. The way you restart it is you pull over, foot on the brake pedal, and hold these two buttons for about 10 seconds. And after a while, the screen comes back to life. You just have the power cycle it much like you do your phone, your Playstation, your Xbox, your router, your modem, your Apple TV, your Roku, your Amazon Fire, your PC, your tablet, your laptop-- Getting back to cars, we've experienced a lot of screen failures with modern cars. As unfortunate as it is to say, it's just a fact of life. As these things grow more capable, and more powerful, and more sophisticated, there just seems to be the higher chance that they're going to restart. One of our biggest frustrations with Tesla I should say is that when this screen dies, when you have to restart it, it takes all the controls with it. There's no physical controls to rely on. You can't control your media, you can't control your air conditioning, your seat heating, your nav. All that's gone. So when that happens, you have to pull over and do that restart. And that can be a major annoyance when you're just trying to commute to work. How have the consumption and range been? Well, the EPA rates the 2020 Tesla Model Y Performance at 30 kilowatt hours per 100 miles and a range of 291 miles. After 9,000 miles, we aren't even close to that average. We're closer to 41 kilowatt hours per 100 miles. Now yes, this Model Y has done way more drag races than your typical long term vehicle. But this higher consumption is something we've also noticed with previous Teslas we've owned like our first Model 3 and our Model X. The best range we've achieved is 263 miles after a full charge. But remember, the advertised range is 291 miles. Also remember that Tesla recommends charging to 90% of the battery. So your max range is actually going to be 10% less than 291, advertised at least. In the real world, it's even worse. Not only that, but the range situation is different from what we see from other EV manufacturers who generally underreport their figures. We know because our EV rating process includes a real world drive loop. You can see the results at the link below. So our one year ownership update is a bit mixed. We love the functionality and the performance. But we don't like the ride quality and those wheels. We love the charging infrastructure and the technology until it stops working. Would we recommend this car? We'd tell you to go look at a Ford Mustang Mach-E first. But there are still attributes about this Model Y that are worth close inspection. As for this particular car, we're probably going to do some more drag races with it and hold on to it until our Cybertruck is ready, which might be this year hopefully. Maybe. Guys? Thanks for watching. As always, leave a comment below if you like this video. And if you don't, go for it too. Also like and subscribe. And visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car. [MUSIC PLAYING]

How Reliable Is a 2020 Tesla Model Y After a Year? Long-Term 2020 Tesla Model Y Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Tesla Model Y, but since the 2021 Tesla Model Y is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Edmunds took ownership of a 2020 Tesla Model Y Performance last year as part of our long-term test program. Now, one year later, Carlos Lago shares the team's experience after approximately 9,000 miles of use.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$39,990
Battery & Range
EPA KWh/100 mi.: N/A
Time To Charge Battery (At 240V): N/A
EPA Electricity Range: N/A
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 187.0 in. / Height: 63.9 in. / Width: 75.6 in.
Curb Weight: 3920 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Model Y safety features:

Automatic Emergency Braking
Warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Active Cruise Control
Maintains a set gap between you and the car you're following. It comes to a complete stop and resumes following too.
Lane Keeping Assist
Warns if you are drifting out of your lane and will nudge the steering to get you back in line.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated


Tesla Model Y vs. the competition

2021 Tesla Model Y

2021 Tesla Model Y

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Tesla Model Y vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E

While the Model Y can't be touched in terms of range and gut-punching performance, the Mustang Mach-E is our top-rated luxury EV. It's fun to drive and a more complete and fully finished vehicle from top to bottom. It's an excellent all-around EV that doesn't ask you to make many compromises.

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Tesla Model Y vs. Audi e-tron

In the e-tron, Audi offers the most comfortable and luxurious electric vehicle you can buy. But it comes at a price. For its size, the e-tron is awfully expensive. But you get the build quality and smooth ride befitting a German luxury car, far outpacing the current crop of luxury EVs on sale.

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Tesla Model Y vs. Jaguar I-Pace

Ah, if looks could kill. The Jaguar I-Pace is a sultry EV, and it backs up that style on the road. It can sprint in a hurry and feels well balanced around turns. But it's been out a few years and, compared to the Model Y, comes up short on interior space, driving refinement, range and technology features.

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FAQ

Is the Tesla Model Y a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Model Y both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Tesla Model Y energy consumption, so it's important to know that the Model Y gets an EPA-estimated 111 mpg-e to 125 mpg-e, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Tesla Model Y. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Tesla Model Y?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Tesla Model Y:

  • Introduced, and then discontinued, Standard Range version
  • Seven-seat configuration now available
  • Part of the first Model Y generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Tesla Model Y reliable?

To determine whether the Tesla Model Y is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Model Y. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Model Y's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Tesla Model Y a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Tesla Model Y is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Model Y and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Model Y is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Tesla Model Y?

The least-expensive 2021 Tesla Model Y is the 2021 Tesla Model Y Standard Range 4dr SUV (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $39,990.

Other versions include:

  • Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) which starts at $49,990
  • Standard Range 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $39,990
  • Performance 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) which starts at $60,990
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What are the different models of Tesla Model Y?

If you're interested in the Tesla Model Y, the next question is, which Model Y model is right for you? Model Y variants include Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), Standard Range 4dr SUV (electric DD), and Performance 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD). For a full list of Model Y models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Tesla Model Y

2021 Tesla Model Y Overview

The 2021 Tesla Model Y is offered in the following submodels: Model Y SUV, Model Y Performance. Available styles include Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), Standard Range 4dr SUV (electric DD), and Performance 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD).

What do people think of the 2021 Tesla Model Y?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Tesla Model Y and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Model Y 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Model Y.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Tesla Model Y and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Model Y featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Tesla Model Y?

2021 Tesla Model Y Standard Range 4dr SUV (electric DD)

2021 Tesla Model Y Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)

2021 Tesla Model Y Performance 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)

Which 2021 Tesla Model IES are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Tesla Model Y for sale near. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Tesla Model Y.

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Tesla Model Y?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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