Talking Cars 287: Tesla Model Y Road-Test Results

We also answer audience questions from current and future Model Y owners

Main theme: We discuss the findings from our full road test of the Model Y, the latest offering from the electric-exclusive automaker Tesla. It is basically a taller, roomier, hatchback version of Tesla’s most popular vehicle, the Model 3. Our podcast panel goes in-depth about the powertrain, ride and handling, and the comfort and usability of the high-tech interior, as well as our thoughts on the Full Self-Driving Capability option.

Audience Questions
• Have CR’s testers found the fit and finish issues—panel alignment gaps, paint quality, etc.—in the Tesla Model Y that I’ve seen complained about in online forums?

• We love our Model Y for the way it drives, its size, and electrified nature, but we have become worried about quality issues after we found water seeping into the cargo area. What would you do if you were in our situation?

• We own a Tesla Model 3. We like the car, but the ride is rough and it’s too low. We have a Model Y on order, but which other SUVs should we consider?

Talking Cars 287
Talking Cars panelists Gabe Shenhar, Mike Monticello, and Jake Fisher.

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As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.

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Have a Question?

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Mike Monticello

After my dad gave me a ride on his Yamaha two-stroke motorcycle when I was 3, I was hooked on anything with an engine. I got a master’s in journalism as a means to an end: To drive cars and get paid for it, which led me to jobs at Road & Track and Edmunds.com. My most thrilling moment so far has been hurtling down the autobahn at a GPS-timed 217.1 mph in a Ruf Rt12. On weekends you can find me churning dirt on my mountain bike or doing car or motorcycle track days. Follow me on Twitter. (@MikeMonticello)