The Model Y is essentially an SUV version of the Model 3, sharing key underpinnings, equipment, and features. We found it quick, agile, and roomy, but it’s plagued with the same distracting controls and nearly as stiff of a ride as the Model 3.
Pressing on the Model Y’s accelerator pedal gives immediate and smooth forward thrust. There’s no delay or hesitation off the line—just a silent and thrilling burst of power, darting from 0-60 mph in a scant 4.7 seconds. The Long Range AWD model we tested has an EPA-rated 316-mile driving range, and takes 10 hours to replenish the battery on a 240-volt connector.
The Model Y handles like a sports car, too, with quick steering and taut suspension that allow it to dive into corners with enthusiasm. However, the ride is too stiff and choppy. Bumps and ruts hit hard, making passengers feel like every road imperfection is transmitted directly into the cabin.