Tesla Model Y 2021
- FUEL TYPEElectricity
- MILEAGE131 MPGe City / 117 MPGe Highway
- ENGINE80.5 kWh Lithium-ion Battery
- CAR TYPESUV
Using the chassis, interior, and powertrain from the smaller Model 3, the 2021 Tesla Model Y adds additional cargo space, an optional third row of seats, and SUV styling to the more affordable end of the brand's offerings. Power from the Model Y's dual on-board electric motors is plentiful; the base Standard Range model comes with rear-wheel drive but the Long Range and Performance models get all-wheel drive as standard. Driving range is superb with a maximum range of up to 326 miles per charge; more expensive rivals such as the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-Pace offer far less. While the interior lacks the panache of non-EV rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class or the Volvo XC60, it's still fairly comfortable and practical, if a little rough around the edges.
What's New for 2021?
Other than the introduction of an optional pair of pop-up third-row jump seats, we aren't forecasting any major design or technology upgrades for the Model Y this year.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Long Range - $60,440
Performance - $65,440
Buying an electric car is all about the range, and the Long Range and Performance models offer 326 and 303 miles of driving range, respectively. We'd go with the Long Range, which maximizes driving range while offering plenty of performance. There are few ways to customize your Model Y, and only five colors for the exterior—three of which cost an additional $1000 or $2000. And those seeking the optional third row of seats will be able to add them for an additional $3000.
Features & Options
Tesla is known for its very advanced Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system, and the Model Y offers the feature as standard. Even more advanced features such as a self-parking feature and a Summon feature are optional. To see crash test ratings visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty coverage for the Model Y mirrors that of the Model 3, Model S, and Model X models, which means four years or 50,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and eight years or 100,000 miles of coverage for the battery and electric motors.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 8 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance