The Tesla Model Y made an attempt to profit off the Model 3’s explosive popularity, but the all-electric crossover is more of a fizzle than sizzle. The 2022 Model Y seems like a sloppy attempt to appeal to the SUV- buying public, in contrast to the Model 3, which succeeds in its objective of handling that dance and an amazing range.
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Its driving dynamics and interior are less exhilarating than those of the 3, which only serves to underscore our criticism of both the vehicle’s fit-and-finish as well as the difficulties that arise from operating in an all-digital environment. However, some users may still be made of it. In contrast to rivals such as the Ford Mustang Mach E and the Volkswagen, the Volkswagen
ID.4 has an impressive estimated driving range, and the Long Range edition says that it can go up to 330 miles on a single charge. In addition, the Tesla is one of the few electric sport utility vehicles (EV SUVs) that offers an optional third row of seating.
What has changed for the new 2022 model?
For 2022, the entry-level Standard Range model will no longer be offered, making the Long Range basic model. This year, the Long Range’s predicted driving range increased to 330 miles when fitted with the standard 19-inch wheels. When picking the more enticing 20-inch versions, the range drops to a stated 318 miles per charge from what it was before.
Long range or performance?
The Long Range and Performance versions provide 330 and 303 miles of range, respectively, which is the most important factor to consider when purchasing an electric vehicle. The Long Range, which optimizes driving range while providing lots of performance, is our recommendation. There are just five exterior colors available, three of which have an additional fee, and there are limited possibilities to customize your Model Y. For an extra $3000, those who want the third row of chairs can add them.
EV Performance, Power, and Motor
The Standard Range cost-leader trim is no longer available in the Model Y series. There is no harm done because Model Y’s Long Range and Performance variants provide better value than a Standard Range trim. We were able to test an all-wheel-drive Long Range thanks to a kind reader of Car and Driver. It hit 60 miles per hour in less than 4.4 seconds, which was just 0.4 seconds slower than our Model 3 car during its long-term test. The Performance variant reaches 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds. Despite its remarkable acceleration, the Model Y doesn’t provide the same amount of driving enjoyment as the Model 3. The SUV body raises the center of gravity, dulling the sharp edge of the Model 3’s handling, and the Y’s ride is significantly harsher over road irregularities.
Battery Life, Range, and Charging
The anticipated range for the Performance model reduces to 303 miles while the all-wheel-drive Long Range delivers 330 miles of range. The later version, on the other hand, includes wheels that are 20 inches in diameter, a reduced suspension, quicker claimed acceleration, and a unique Track mode. It also has a greater peak speed (155 mph).
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The EPA estimates that the Long Range model is good for 131 MPGe in the city and 117 MPGe on the highway, while the Performance model’s fuel economy estimates are 115 MPGe city and 106 MPGe highway. The Long Range model that we tested on our highway fuel-economy test route of 200 miles only recorded 94 MPGe and had an estimated driving range of 220 miles, but the Performance model produced a result of 98 MPGe and had a driving range of 230 miles.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
The Model Y does not have the elaborate Falcon Wing doors that are seen on the larger Model X crossover. Instead, a significant portion of the Model Y’s interior is similar to that of the Model 3 sedan.
Along the same lines as that car, it does not have any buttons of any kind and instead relies on a huge information display that is centered in the center of an otherwise unadorned dashboard. The cabin has an airy feel thanks to the cabin’s all-glass roof, which is highly tinted to keep passengers from being too hot in Sun Belt areas. We have our doubts as to whether or not the Model Y’s third row of seats, which are an optional extra that costs $3000, will have sufficient space for people to travel in comfort.
Connectivity and Information
The massive infotainment display that is located in the middle of the dashboard of the Model Y can be used to operate almost all of the options that are available on the vehicle. The fact that everything, from the temperature control to the speedometer, is presented on this display requires some getting used to before becoming second nature.
In addition to video games that are perfect for passing the time while waiting for the battery to charge at a public charging station, the Model Y provides the same entertainment capabilities as the Model 3, including embedded versions of programs like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Don’t worry; while the vehicle is moving, drivers cannot exploit these distractions.
Features for Driver Assistance and Safety
Tesla is well-known for its cutting-edge Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system, which is standard on the Model Y. Even more sophisticated functions, like self-parking and Summoning, are optional.
Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance
The Model Y’s warranty coverage is identical to that of the Model 3, Model S, and
Model X vehicles, meaning bumper-to-bumper coverage is covered for four years or
50 ,000 miles, and battery and electric motor coverage is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles.
- 4 years or 50,000 miles are covered by the limited warranty.
- 8 years or 100,000 miles are covered by the powertrain warranty.
- There is no free scheduled maintenance