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2024 Tesla Model Y Release Date, Price & Performance – Model Y 2024 is Tesla’s compact SUV crossover. The 2024 Model Y is Tesla’s compact crossover SUV. It was the first electric vehicle to be released on the market. The car is spacious, comfortable, and has plenty of power and range. Most Tesla drivers love its technology.
Although the Model Y has been the benchmark for its class since it was introduced, the competition from the legacy carmakers is catching up quickly. Tesla may be updating the Model Y in 2024. At this stage, it’s just a rumor. However, we think that updated styling and features (both on the inside and outside) are most likely. Tesla does not adhere to strict dates for updating its vehicles. Updates could come as early as 2023.
The 2024 Tesla Model Y is a small SUV crossover with five seats. A third row can be added to increase seating up to seven. There are two major trims, Long Range and performance. Tesla also seems to build a standard-range Model Y base model that is not advertised. It’s added to the inventory. The Long Range trim is equipped similarly, but it has a slightly shorter range (only 279 miles), in exchange for the lower price. Continue reading to learn more about Model Y’s options and features.
Tesla Model Y Long Range
The trim has been optimized to maximize driving distance.
- Range of 330 Miles
- All-wheel drive with dual motors
- Tesla quoted a 0-60-mph speed of 4.8 mph
- Wheels 19 inches
- Panorama glass roof
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Synthetic leather Upholstery
- Front seats with power-adjustable positions
- Heater for the front and back seats
- Central touchscreen 15 inch
- Subscribe to Streaming Services (navigation, entertainment, and more)
- Wireless device charger
- Sound system with 14 speakers
All Model Y vehicles come standard with this safety equipment.
- Adaptive Cruise Control (maintains a distance set by the driver between the Model Y car and the vehicle in front).
- The forward collision mitigation system (which warns of an imminent collision and brakes the vehicle in some scenarios)
- The Model Y is guided back to its lane if the vehicle begins to drift.
- Tesla Autopilot (combines adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assistance to provide hands-on, low-level automated vehicle driving).
- Blind-spot warning (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
Tesla Model Y Performance
This sportier version offers:
- 303 miles of range
- Tesla-quoted 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds
- 21-inch wheels
- Lowered suspension
- Aluminum alloy pedals
The main options for the Tesla Model Y include:
- The third row of seats increases capacity for up to seven passengers
- A tow hitch (adds a Class II tow hitch for lightweight trailers up to 3,500 pounds)
- Enhanced Autopilot (upgrades Autopilot with navigation-following and automatic lane changes, a semi-automated parking system, and Smart Summon, which will drive the vehicle to your chosen location)
- Full Self-Driving Capability (Tesla promises this feature will support fully automated driving, but so far the rollout of the Model Y’s self-driving capability has been problematic and its future remains uncertain.)
Acceleration isn’t a weak point. During Edmunds’ testing, the Model Y Long Range needed just 4.8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. And despite being equipped with all-season tires, which are typically designed more for wear resistance than road grip, our test vehicle managed a very impressive stopping distance from 60 mph of just 112 feet. Both of those numbers are better than we expected and impressive for the EV segment.
Steering and handling are also laudable despite the Model Y’s heavyweight. The steering feels light and is quick to respond to inputs, giving you a sense of control and connection through a corner. There’s minimal body roll too, 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.
The Model Y’s cabin provides good comfort in some areas and disappoints in others. The seats are well padded and provide ample support and the seat heaters warm quickly. But the synthetic leather upholstery doesn’t breathe particularly well and can feel stifling in hot weather. 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 Long Range model is a huge step up in ride quality over the Performance model. The ride of the Long Range is much more livable (especially on the 18-inch wheels), though we still wouldn’t call it plush. Smaller bumps and cracks tend to make their way into the cabin. That said, the Model Y does a commendable job of filtering out wind and ambient noise, creating a pretty serene cabin experience.
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. The Model Y’s available third-row seat is cramped but does add seven-passenger capability should you need it in a pinch.
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 you’re making turns. Rear visibility, however, is like what you get in a sports coupe. The slim rear window and high rear beltline greatly restrict what you can see out of the 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, is also clear and easy to read. 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.
The biggest downside is the lack of 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 Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Model Y’s advanced driver aids perform great in stop-and-go traffic, but they have proved slightly annoying at highway speeds or along roads with parked cars. We’ve experienced a number of false alarms with the system riding too close to another car on the highway or mistaking a parked vehicle on the shoulder for a stopped vehicle in our lane, making for a rude awakening for the car behind us. Few competitor vehicle systems share these issues.
On the upside, you’ll have access to an internet browser that allows you to do stuff like watch Netflix or scroll through YouTube videos — while parked, of course, and provided you’re up-to-date on your Tesla data plan. One of the greatest innovations from Tesla is constant over-the-air updates that can add 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. The center console has a sliding bin cover and suede smartphone charging spaces.
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.