Model y

The Model Y comes in two main configurations, both of which are all-wheel drive. The Long Range, which starts at $49,990 and offers 316 miles of range, and the Performance, which starts at $59,990 and offers 291 miles of range. The Model Y is bigger, heavier, and less aerodynamic than the Model 3 so it's a little bit slower.

If you're a Model Y owner, check out our list of top accessories for the Model Y. To learn more about Tesla's Model Y, visit their website here.

Pictures of Model Y

Model Y at the Shareholders event

Blog posts related to Model y

Top accessories for your Model Y

September 10, 2020

If you’ve just got delivery of your Model Y and are looking for some of the best accessories to consider buying, you’ve reached the right place. Also, congratulations on your new Model Y! The following are products that we recommend because we really like them.

Model Y tow hitch options

July 6, 2020

You're a Model Y owner and are considering a tow hitch for carrying bikes, camping gear, coolers, snow equipment, and even towing a trailer. Should you go with the $300 aftermarket option or with Tesla's $1,000 package? Learn more about both.

Model Y deliveries

January 29, 2020

UPDATE: It's been a couple of weeks since Tesla started sending out delivery confirmation emails to Model y reservation holders (both with Performance and LR AWD configurations). No dates have been shared yet for the first deliveries, but Model Ys have already been spotted on the road.

Tesla Shareholders Meeting 2019

June 12, 2019

Last Tuesday I was able to attend the Tesla Shareholders Meeting for the first time. It was an incredible experience and I feel blessed I got to meet so many great folks in real life.

Videos about Model y

Tesla Model Y Camp Mode

Taking the Tesla Model Y camping just got more comfortable. We got our hands on a 6 inch thick memory foam mattress that fits perfectly in the back of the Tesla Model Y.

Tesla Model Y Durability Test - Off Roading on Arctic ICE

Today we find out how durable the new Tesla Model Y is... on ICE. Tesla invited me out to Alaska to see how they test their electric vehicles in extreme temperatures. I dont think most people are going to take their new vehicles offroading through the Alaskan Tundra, but... its good to know the Model Y can handle it.

Tesla Model Y Review Follow-up: More Detail on Price, Interior, OTA Updates, and More

Tesla fans had a lot to say about our first impressions video on Edmunds' new long-term test car: a 2020 Tesla Model Y Dual Motor Performance. Here, Carlos Lago addresses an error or two, adds clarity to the first video, and answers some of your most frequent comments, including those about price, storage, phone integration and additional controls.

Tesla Model Y/3 Orientation! Complete Center Screen Walk-Through

So many people have had questions about how the center screen works and what it can do since Tesla is currently doing contactless deliveries. So here is the orientation that I have given so many people about all the functions!

What’s different about the Tesla Model Y from Model 3

In this video I wanted to help show some of the unique information I was able to find through pictures and the User Manual for the Model Y.

Past Tesletter articles

A more affordable Model Y?

Tesla might be close to making the Model Y decidedly more affordable. Electrek sources claim the automaker has begun trial production of a Model Y RWD LR version that would lower the price compared to the AWD models. Production trial is one of the last steps toward bringing a new version of a vehicle to market.

From issue #123

Ben sat on a Model Y

Twitter user macbentosh was able to sit on a Model Y, here are his observations:

  • Rear seats collapsed with buttons on the left side
  • Rear seats appeared to slide forwards and back
  • Headspace is 1-2” less than the X
  • The second room as wide as a Model S

Read more: Twitter

From issue #95

Blue Tesla Model Y walks around, glimpse at the 3rd-row seats

The 3rd row in the video looks tiny, we’ve reserved a Model Y with a 3rd row this would work for us since we only need it to occasionally transport a kid or two. From the video it doesn’t seem like the 3rd-row seats would be able to comfortably fit an adult. What do you think?

From issue #88

Congratulations Tesla team on making the 1 millionth car

It took Tesla 12 years to produce 1,000,000 cars (1st Roadster was built in 2008) but is going to take them less than 2 years to produce the second million. 👏💪🙌

Read more: Twitter

From issue #102

Details about Model Y

Unannounced details about the upcoming Model Y from a little birdie:

  • AWD only
  • $35-$40k base price
  • 250+ mile base model
  • Autopilot HW 3.5 (with the possibility of a Tesla-designed Radar system, more cameras than current AP, no LIDAR)
  • L4 FSD-ready from launch

Still some risk these change, but apparently these are the engineering targets.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #41

Elon Musk says Tesla Model 3 and Model Y do not have plans for an air suspension

Earlier this week we got news that Tesla leaked a new air suspension coming for the Model 3. Soon after, Elon Musk denied the news and said on Twitter that only the Model S/X and Cybertruck have/will have air suspension.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #98

Elon talks about a possible 'radical redesign of the Model Y in Berlin'

A few days ago, Elon Musk visited the Giga Berlin and, amongst other things, he shared that the Model Y made in Berlin won’t simply be a copy of the one made in the US or in China but instead, «it will be a radical redesign of the core technology of building a car». More info is going to be revealed at the Battery Day (Sep. 22nd). I wonder if we’ll see a European Model Y slightly smaller than the US one. I think even though the Model Y is smaller than the Model X, it’s still a tad big for the European market.

From issue #128

FSD+MCU1 displays stop signs and stoplights 📷

FSD with MCU1 doesn’t display cones or trash cans but it does display stop signs and stoplights. I personally didn’t know that, I thought it would stop at stop signs and traffic lights but just not display the icons in my MCU1 screen. Good to know, and thanks for sharing Zack! I’m next! I got the FSD retrofit in my Model S 2017 with AP2.5 and MCU1 on Tuesday and I almost cried when I saw my first stop sign 😉

Read more: Twitter

From issue #115

Fastest SUV in the world

FromWhereICharge’ took Unplugged Performance’s Model Y for a spin and broke the old lap record at Buttonwillow Raceway by 2 secs with a 1:59.9. Well done!

From issue #130

First Model Y delivery in Canada

The Model Y was delivered on Jun 6th, a deep blue metallic Performance version (without the added Performance Upgrade) in Vancouver. It seems like more and more Model Y reservation holders in Canada are being contacted by Tesla asking for registration, trade-in, and payment details. We’re keeping our 🤞f or you!

Read more: TeslaNorth

From issue #115

First look at Tesla Model Y power liftgate in action

As a Model S owner with power liftgate, I’m really pleased to see the Model Y comes with this feature. Believe it or not, thanks to this video I discovered that I can adjust the height of my powered liftgate 😊. Very cool that you can set the height to anything you like!

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #103

Go on an adventure with your Model Y

Who wants to go on an adventure with their Tesla? I mean, what’s not to like about going on a road trip in the safety of your car, especially in these crazy times. And if you do, you may want to consider adding a hitch to your Model Y (or Model 3).

Check out this Model Y tow hitch with 3,500 lbs of towing capacity, lightweight, made in the US, and very affordable (save over $600 compared to Tesla’s). Start your adventure today!

From issue #114

Homelink button area is now transparent in reverse

Several Model 3/Y owners had complained that their Homelink menu kind of got in the way while backing up into the garage. In 2020.32.2, Tesla has introduced a small but important change, the Homelink button area is now transparent when in reverse so it doesn’t block the rear-view camera.

From issue #126

Infographic with main differences between Model 3 and Model Y 📷

Very nice and clean infographic showing the main differences between the performance versions of the Model 3 and the Model Y.

From issue #105

Mini Model Y limited edition

Mini Model Y version for kids, limited-edition Signature Red. How come I didn’t know about this? My kids are going to need one.

From issue #130

Model Y $1000 tow package vs $300 aftermarket hitch 📹

Is the factory tow package worth the extra $700? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for. Our friends at LivingTesla do a great job of explaining it all in this video.

If you decide to go with the aftermarket tow hitch for your Model Y, here’s the one we recommend.

From issue #118

Model Y 2020 AC compressor retrofit 📷

Tesla Mobile Service is already performing the retrofit to early Model Y with AC problems which were causing a shroud when the air gets stuck inside. Newer Model Y should not have this problem and already come with an acoustic blanket. Thank you @hwfeinstein for sharing the pics!

From issue #119

Model Y MIC ahead of schedule

The first Model Y made in China has been spotted. Tesla started taking Model Y orders in China just three months ago and deliveries were supposed to start, at the earliest, the first few months of 2021. This may be changing now? Incredible that the Giga 3 started construction just at the beginning of 2019.

From issue #127

Model Y MIC announced

Elon flew to China for the first Model 3 deliveries to public customers but before that he announced the beginning of the Model Y project in China. What we understand is that Tesla is now going to start building the production lines and all the stuff needed to produce Model Y MIC as they do with Model 3s right now.

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #93

Model Y Performance 1/4 mile run 📹

Brian from i1Tesla puts a Model Y Performance against a Model 3 Performance and a Model X Performance and here’s what he has found out.

From issue #105

Model Y XPEL PPF and Feynlab ceramic coating

Check out this Model Y transformation video with full XPEL Paint Protection Film and Feynlab ceramic coating to really keep this fresh off the lot Model Y clean and protected. Looking for a Feynlab installer in your area?

From issue #122

Model Y at Jay Leno's Garage 📹

Jay reviews the new Model Y and checks out its full self-driving capability. In a nutshell, he says «The gas car is not going anywhere, but in terms of efficiency and (avoiding) pollution, electric vehicles are the way to go.»

See more: YouTube

From issue #117

Model Y deliveries starting soon

Last week we shared some news about the Model Y CARB certificate being published. Since then we’ve learned about some people ‘confirming’ from Tesla employees (both on Twitter and Reddit) that Tesla will start delivering Model Y in two weeks. Here’s what we know.

Read more: Tesletter

From issue #95

Model Y deliveries to start on March 15th

Tesla has just started sending out delivery confirmation emails to Model Y reservation holders (both with Performance and LR AWD configurations). Deliveries will start on March 15th, just a year and a day after the Model Y unveiling. Will there be a delivery event on March 14th?

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #100

Model Y door labels

Have you ever had to explain a passenger in your Model 3 how to open the door? Did you end up getting a door label kit like this one? No more! Tesla has started properly labeling the door handles in the Model Y, hoping they will make this change in Model 3 as well. 

From issue #123

Model Y durability test (off-roading on artic ice) 📹

Tesla invited JerryRigEverything out to Alaska to see how they test their electric vehicles in extreme temperatures. Most people aren’t going to take their new vehicles offroading through the Alaskan Tundra, but… it’s good to know the Model Y can handle it. Check out the video!

From issue #114

Model Y has powered liftgate buttons and a new 12V socket in the back

More news about the Model Y confirmed this week. It comes with power liftgate buttons, something that most Model 3 owners wish their Tesla had (we love it in our Model S), and an extra 12V socket in the back. Nice to see these in the latest Tesla Model that is starting deliveries this month.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #101

Model Y images discovered in the latest update of Tesla's mobile app

Nothing very surprising here, just Tesla getting ready for the Model Y deliveries this month disovered by user matt687 on Reddit after decompiling the latest Android package and comparing it to the previous version. Everything seems to indicate that Model Y owners will have the same functionality available in the mobile app than the rest of the fleet.

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #102

Model Y now eligible for the referral program

If you are thinking about ordering a new Model Y, you can now use someone’s referral link and get $1,000 of free Supercharging. If you are in need of a referral code and we have been helpful to you, please consider using ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266

From issue #115

Model Y price reduction

Tesla lowered the price of the Model Y Long Range AWD by $3,000 on Saturday, July 11th. The other current version offered, the Model Y Performance, received a $1,000 price drop. If you’re purchasing a Model Y soon and we have been helpful to you in any way, please use our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266 to get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging.

From issue #120

Model Y tow hitch for $1k

Last week, Tesla introduced a new add on to the Model Y: a tow hitch with a 3500 pound capacity. This seems to be an overnight and unannounced change and is for now available in the US and in Europe. Thank you @tesla_unplugged for the tip!

From issue #107

Model Y unveil event on March 14th

Model Y is about 10% bigger than Model 3, and it will cost about 10% more, and have slightly less range for the same battery. We are excited about Model Y, Vanessa and I think that there is a high chance it is our next vehicle.

See more: Twitter

From issue #49

Model Y unveiling Thursday 3 / 14 at 8pm

If you are one of the lucky ones who got invited and you are currently in LA there is a meetup at noon at 3200 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

If you are going to be home and want to watch the event live you can sign up for the live stream here https://www.tesla.com/modely

Read more: Tesla

From issue #50

Model Y's secret trick

Uncle Trevor is going to tell us a secret that is going to make the Model Y perform much better in cold weather.

From issue #103

Model Y, Peformance or LR AWD? 📹

The Model Y with the Performance upgrade adds $8,000 to the cost of a LR AWD Model Y with 19” Gemini or $6,000 if you compare it to a LR AWD with 20” Induction wheels. But… is it worth the investment? I guess the answer is it depends on what you’re looking for but according to this comparison by ‘The Kilowatts’, if you’re looking for the extra performance, it’s totally worth it since the two are not that different in terms of range.

See more: YouTube

From issue #116

Model Ys are coming

A bunch of Model Y reservation holders have been reporting receiving their VIN numbers at the same time earlier this week. According to this post on Reddit, the specific configuration for this batch is:

  • AWD Long range
  • 20 inch wheels
  • Black interior
  • White exterior

We also got an email from Tesla saying «Model Y test drives are around the corner» 😬More and more Model Ys are coming!

From issue #114

Model Ys in Europe will come from Giga Berlin

A couple of weeks ago, we were speculating about this with Lars (@TeslaParaTodos) and Rafael (@TesLatino) in our weekly podcast in Spanish (Es Tesla). Our take was that Model Ys in Europe would probably come from the Giga 4 to avoid delaying production of Model Ys for the US in Fremont, apart from the obvious factors of cost and the fact that the cars will probably be slightly different due to legal regulations in the US and in Europe. Well, now we know for sure.

And we also know that Giga Berlin will «have world’s most advanced paint shop, with more layers of stunning colors that subtly change with curvature».

From issue #107

New Jeda Wireless Pad V3 (Model 3/Y)

In case you missed this or you’re new to Tesla, a few weeks ago Jeda launched a new version of their wireless pad, both for the Model 3 and the Model Y. There are cheaper wireless pads for your Tesla in the market, but there aren’t better ones. The new capabilities of the V3 include:

  • Increased charing area
  • Fastest charging speeds
  • Three way charging (1 horizontal and 2 portrait positions)
  • Wired charging option
From issue #119

New Model Y acceleration boost upgrade

Tesla has released an acceleration boost upgrade for the Model Y. From 0-60 mph from 4.8 seconds to 4.3 seconds. Available for purchase on the Tesla mobile app. Would you pay $2,000 for the extra boost?

From issue #131

New Model Y taillights in production cars since 8/13

Tesla has introduced a small incremental hardware change in the Model Y since deliveries started:

  • The new taillights illuminate just the outer “C” when braking
  • The horizontal turn signal in the center is now an amber (previously red)

Check out the side by side comparison pic.

From issue #125

New lease option on the Model Y

This Reddit user has spotted a new lease option on the Model Y which was previously not available. Just remember that Tesla’s Model Y lease (as it does for the Model 3) doesn’t offer a buy-out option.

Remember that if you order a new Tesla you can use our referral code and get $1k of free Supercharging http://ts.la/ignacio9266

From issue #121

New snake jazz/elevator music sounds

Custom sounds for external speakers are around the corner. Check out the snake jazz preview featured in this video. Fun! 🎷

From issue #126

New vs old Model 3 frunk design

A few weeks ago we saw the pictures of a new frunk, there is a comparison from the Owners Manual. Will the Model 3 come with a heat pump soon?

From issue #127

Quick bandit for Model 3/Y & HEPA filter bundle

«Quick Bandit» is a Tesla front license plate bracket that can be installed and removed in seconds. It’s been very successful with the Model 3 and now it’s also available for the Model Y. Made in California by @tonytesla4life, a member of the Tesla community who we’ve had the pleasure of meeting IRL and we love working with. If you happen to be in the market for a front license plate bracket and also need to change your cabin air filters (or are going to have to do it soon), get the bundle and save $20. (Or you can also get the HEPA cabin air filters separately and watch @Seasonedtech replace them in under 4 minutes!).

From issue #129

S3XY comparison

This article offers a unique perspective by a Tesla owner who has owned a Model S, a Model X, a Model 3, and since recently, also a Model Y. He compares each model to the Model Y and offers his verdict in terms of aesthetics, functionality, interior volume, technology, performance, and driveability.

From issue #107

Superchaging V3, charged 5-85% in 20 mins

Tesla is several steps ahead than its competition equipping its cars with batteries that not only have more capacity, but are also able to charge faster, and are cheaper to manufacture. Tesla’s latest effort in that direction is Model Y’s heat pump and octovalve system, that significantly shortens Supercharging times compared to the Model 3 ones. Tesla owner Zack (@BLKMDL3), featured in this article by Tesmanian, shared his recent experience charging his Model Y in a V3 Supercharger and going from 5% to 85% capacity in just 20 minutes. This is not a theory anymore, it’s real. Just wow.

From issue #114

Tesla Model Y CARB certification published, hinting at stellar range and imminent delivery

Might this mean that the first Signature Model Ys will be delivered soon?

Read more: Twitter

From issue #94

Tesla Model Y Thermal management system with octovalve and heat pump

Three-part video series explaining the complete Thermal management system of Model Y with octovalve and heat pump.

From issue #122

Tesla Model Y first in-depth review

Great video by Tesla Raj. Tesla started delivering the first Model Ys exactly one year after the unveiling and six months ahead of schedule. The day after it the first Model Y was delivered in Fremont I had the opportunity of seeing it in real life and I have to say the car is gorgeous.

From issue #103

Tesla Model Y owner shares how to camp on top of his car

The Kilowatts writes that electric vehicles are ideal for car-camping and even short overlanding trips. Looking at the data they shared, a night spent with Camp Mode active versus driving with The Rooftop Tent has approximately the same effect on battery power. So there you go, you can choose whatever option best fits your trip and preferences.

From issue #124

Tesla Model Y spotted road testing with ‘Power Sports’ Aero Wheels

There have been several reports of spotted Model Ys around Fremont in the past couple of weeks. This is a healthy sign of Tesla working on them ahead of their planned production in fall 2020.

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #81

Tesla Model Y to have third-row seat, mid-2020 production at Gigafactory 1 according to leaked docs

Business Insider claims to have access to internal Tesla docs that talk about a pilot Model Y line at Giga 1 by June 1st 2020 and ramping production up to 7,000 units per week by the end of 2020.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #36

Tesla Shareholder Meeting

Here’s a summary of last Tuesday’s Tesla Shareholder Meeting with the things we got most excited about:

  • Tesla planning on opening their own body shops. First 10 to open by the end of June 2018!
  • Model Y planned for first half of 2020 (with maybe no steering wheel? :O) M3 test drives at some Tesla showroom locations by the end of June 2018. All stores in North America will have - M3s by the end of July 2018.
  • New Gigafactory in Shangai, the first outside the US

Read more: TMC

From issue #11

Tesla is going to use factory shutdowns to do upgrades and improve production

Shutting down the Fremont and New York factories due to the Coronavirus outbreak is for sure going to affect Tesla’s Q1 and most likely also Q2 production and sales numbers. However, they are still allowed to use a small workforce at the Fremont factory and Tesla is planning on making upgrades to the production lines which would increase the Model Y production capacity.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #104

Tesla plans to open their Terafactory in Austin, Texas

It seems like Tesla has chosen Austin, Texas, as the location for their next factory which will be producing the Cybertruck and Model Y. This information is not fully confirmed yet but Elon Musk is already planning a quite aggressive schedule for its development. We shall see.

Read more: Electrek


From issue #112

Tesla to start deliveries of the Model Y 7-seater in Q2?

User @handytsla on Twitter has been contacted by Tesla to get delivery of his Model Y Performance 7-seater in Q2. This same owner had been contacted regarding his Model Y Performance 5-seater reservation earlier this month and Tesla had said he’ll have to wait for the 7-seater.

We hold a reservation for a Model Y 7-seater too (Long Range, AWD)… Tesla if you are listening, you have my number, so call me maybe 💃

From issue #109

The Gigafactory in Berlin has a target capacity of 10,000 vehicles per week

Tesla has big plans in Europe, look at this schedule and numbers:

  • Construction of the Gigafactory in Berlin happening in 2020
  • Production targeted to start in 2021
  • Phase 1 will focus on Model Y production
  • Target capacity of 10,000 vehicles per week
  • Employment of 12,000 people

Read more: Tesla

From issue #100

There won't be a Model Y SR version, but there will be a LR RWD and it'll have over 300 miles of range

According to Elon on Twitter, Tesla is doing range testing of the Model Y LR RWD at the moment and in Elon’s words, the RWD’s range will be ‘significantly higher than 300 miles’. In the same thread, he confirmed that there won’t be a SR version of the Model Y because ‘the range would be under 250 miles and wouldn’t be acceptable’. Speculation (and to my friend Lars) say that the price of the LR RWD will be around $45k.

From issue #120

They won a Tesla Model Y through the referral program!

We’ve heard about a couple of winners of the Model Y via the referral program before, but this time our friend @Tesla_Raj has interviewed a couple who won and received a free Model Y, cool!

From issue #126

Track Mode in the Model Y may be coming soon

For those of you who were wondering about Track Mode being available in the Model Y, our friend John from @teslaownerssv asked about it and it seems it may become a reality! Or at least, Elon said it’s possible.

From issue #120

Ultra-bright LED lights for the Model 3/Y (Sponsor)

These Ultra-bright LED lights are one of the most popular accessories for any Tesla Model. We got the ones for the trunk of our Model S and they are super easy to install. Teslarati is bringing you a full DIY kit for the  Model 3 and the Model Y which includes puddle lights, lights for the driver and passenger footwell, and glove box lights. A perfect DIY project for the weekend!

If you would like to sponsor Tesletter, please reach out!

From issue #107

Unibody casting manufacturing system for the Model Y

Tesla just patented a new vehicle frame casting machine to produce the frame of the Model Y in almost one single piece 😱😱

Read more: Twitter

From issue #69

Universal battery pack coming to Model 3/Y soon

What does ‘universal’ mean? Basically, Tesla is going to update the Model 3 production lines in the US passing on the Model Y battery manufacturing improvements and eventually incorporating the Model Y heat pump in the Model 3 as well. No timelines have been shared yet.

From issue #122

[Pics] Model Y computer upgrades

Greentheonly has been tinkering with a Model Y computer and shared on Twitter that it’s actually different than the Model 3. For example, the autopilot-infotainment link got upgraded to 1GB from 100mbps. Some pretty in-depth details being discussed in this Reddit thread.

From issue #108

[Pics] Tesla Model Y vs Model S heated seats: Thermal imaging temperature test

DAErik, a well known Tesla Youtuber who owns a Model Y and a Model S, has used a FLIR thermal camera to check out the differences between the Model Y and the Model S in-heat heater’s layout:

  • The Model Y front seats reached temperatures consistently throughout the seats while the Model S the backrest warmers reached lower temperatures than the ‘but warmers’
  • The Model Y back middle seat doesn’t have full heating, the Model S does

Ok, the first one explains a lot… 😂

From issue #108

[Video] Model Y Teardown: Front of the Vehicle (New Aeroshield, Crash Safety Design)

Aeroshields between the Model Y and Model 3 comparison, hood alignment, and more detail on engine bay rail reinforcements catered toward Small Offset Rigid Barrier (SORB) impact testing.

From issue #106

[Video] Model Y review by Edmunds

Model Y AWD Performance with 21» wheels review by Edmunds’ Carlos Lago: «A taller, more accommodating, and powerful version of the Model 3.»

From issue #107

[Video] Sandy Munro talks about the Model Y Octovalve and the Heat Pump system

What are the Octovalve and Heat Pump components of a Model Y? What functions do they perform?

From issue #111