Sharing the same platform as the Model 3, the Model Y came at the right time for Tesla to profit off of the global transition towards crossovers and SUVs, allowing the Model Y to become the Palo Alto-based automaker’s most popular model and the top-selling EV nationally in 2022. With 75% of components shared with the Model 3, it keeps its sedan sibling’s quick acceleration and handsome styling while adding increased interior and storage space, making it an affordable alternative to the larger and more luxurious Model X.
As is common with all Tesla vehicles, the Model Y has gained numerous software updates and physical changes to increase range and create new trim levels. Currently the crossover SUV can be ordered in Long Range and Performance trims with standard AWD across the range. With increased interior space brings the option of increased seating: Long Range models can add an additional, fold-flat 3rd row with USB-C charging and make the 2nd row seats adjustable. The Model Y is one of two compact electric crossovers (along with the Ford Mustang Mach-E) with over 300 miles of range.