Tesla Model Y rear-wheel-drive review: price, specifications, driving impressions

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Tesla has been in the crosshairs lately: price cuts, falling sales, and shipyards supposedly full of cars that can’t be moved.

Add to that an owner who has an uncanny ability to turn people against their will, and it looks like the perfect storm.

But none of this changes the inconvenient truth for Musk/Tesla haters: The Model Y is the best electric car on the market.

Here are five things you need to know about the popular SUV.

The price is right unless you bought one two months ago

Tesla has slashed the price of its cheapest and most popular rear-wheel drive Model Y by nearly $10,000 over the past two months, which is great news for anyone looking to buy an electric vehicle, but really bad news for those who have made the leap to the purchase before. Depreciation is the single biggest cost of car ownership, and it doesn’t take a math genius to work out what such discounts do to the price of a used Tesla. There are Tesla owners who paid around $17,000 more for their Model Y two years ago. Ouch! With a retail price of around $61,000, the Model Y is a real bargain, especially when you consider that the second-best electric vehicle on the market, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, costs around $12,000 more. The Tesla is also a breeze to maintain. At a Supercharger, you’ll pay around $40 at most for gas. Charging at home costs half as much, while Origin Energy customers pay just $5 per tank. Unlike its competitors, Tesla also has its own charging network, so you won’t have to worry about range on your trips.

It’s great fun to drive

Tesla’s lead over the rest of the auto industry lies mainly in its electric vehicle technology, but the company has the basics of automotive engineering and design down really well. The RWD model offers strong, quiet and smooth acceleration from a standstill, hitting 60mph in a brisk 6.9 seconds. This is backed up by impressive composure, lying flat in corners and hiding its weight well when you need to change direction in a hurry. There’s plenty of grip, the steering is sharp and precise, and it handles mid-corner bumps better than most EVs. It’s not perfect, though. The brakes lack a little feel, and the ride can be bumpy on rough roads at low speeds.

The new Tesla Model 3 has incredible performance

It has a lot of space inside

The Tesla’s cabin is cavernous. Second-row passengers have tons of legroom, and the flat floor comfortably seats three. The seats themselves aren’t the ultimate in comfort—you sit on them rather than sink into them—but they’re all heated. The Tesla’s biggest asset is its ability to swallow luggage. The rear cargo area is big enough, but there’s more storage under the floor and a front trunk under the hood that’s lined with plastic and ideal for storing wet, sandy towels. Toyota’s best-selling RAV4 SUV has 542 liters of luggage space, and the Model Y has 971 liters.

It’s as safe as a house, but a little annoying

The Tesla is one of the safest cars on the road. It passed the 2022 physical crash barrier tests with flying colors, scoring 98 percent for its crash avoidance technology. Its lane-keeping assist and radar cruise control are better calibrated than most, but it doesn’t have rear cross-traffic alert, which is handy when backing out of driveways. Our test vehicle didn’t like tunnels for some reason. On several occasions, it slowed dramatically for no apparent reason. It’s easy to oversteer, but annoying nonetheless.

You either love or hate technology

Everything in the Model Y is accessed via an iPad-like center screen. And when we say “everything,” we mean it—if you want to open the glove box, you have to do it from the center screen. The speedometer is also on the center screen and takes some getting used to. Instead of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, Tesla lets you log into your Spotify account if you have one. It’s worth it, because the sound system is a blast. You can also watch Netflix and play arcade games while you wait for it to charge.

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