As the alternative-fuel market gains dominance over the long-established gasoline market in the USA, more and more automakers have begun bolstering their latest ranges with additional EVs and hybridized vehicles. Every sports car, coupe, sedan, crossover, and Tesla SUV, on the other hand, has always rolled straight off the factory floor fully electric, upholding the brand’s unrelenting pursuit for the electrification of the automotive industry. Tesla SUV models bring more than just eco-friendly performance to the table, though, with exhilarating and genuinely fun driving characteristics mixed with a modern aesthetic, futuristic technologies, and competitive levels of practicality all part and parcel of the package.
Tesla SUV and Crossover Range
The Tesla SUV crossover selection consists of two models at present, both of which are available in regular and extended range versions, with a choice between rear or all-wheel-drive, as well as the option of a purposed performance version.
- Model Y: With its relatively accessible starting price, well-rounded showing, and good all-round value, the new Tesla Model Y SUV is rated as the best midsize luxury electric SUV in its class. It’s powered by a 449-horsepower powertrain that propels it from 0-60 mph in a quick 4.8 seconds, up to a top speed of 135 mph. In its Performance guise, 60 mph comes at 3.5 seconds and top speed is elevated to 155 mph. It boasts a modern and ultra-minimalist black and white interior and is presented as a 5-seater as standard. A 3rd row of seating will supposedly be offered as of 2021, upping capacity to seven.
- Model X: Two electric motors power this Tesla SUV, ceding 670 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque through a single-speed automatic transmission to an AWD setup. It bolts to 60 mph in around 3.8 seconds from off-the-line in Long Range guise, and in 2.5 seconds when specced in Plaid - a top-spec trim option with a 1,020-hp Tri-motor setup. The midsize EV can be equipped with a third row of seating, changing it from a five-seater to a 7-seater. With no engine under the hood, the cruiser provides a 6.6 cubic-foot frunk and, by virtue of its large dimensions, adds another 12.6 cu.ft. with the rear trunk.
New Tesla SUV Models and Price List
|Tesla Model X
|Tesla Model Y
|Tesla Model X Performance
|Tesla Model X Plaid
What Do Tesla SUVs Bring To The Table?
Before purchasing any vehicle, be sure to refer to CarBuzz’s shopping tools and review section, where every new and used car for sale in America is comprehensively evaluated. Every Tesla SUV has undergone review by our experienced and knowledgeable journalists, who have compiled information on everything one needs to know to make a smart. There is also a BuzzScore rating system based on ten key criteria, as well as best-in-class, particular use, and specific buyer categories. Here are just some of the characteristics you can expect Tesla SUVs to share:
- Rocket-like, yet well-ordered acceleration
- Poised and balanced handling dynamics
- Industry-leading single-charge driving distances
- Contemporary, minimalist, and high-end designs
- Extensive supercharger network in the US
- Questionable manufacturer build quality
- Large touchscreen can be difficult to use
- Not as luxurious as conventional SUVs
- Polarizing exterior aesthetics
Which Tesla crossover can tow the most?
The towing capacity of the Tesla electric SUV, the Model X, is rated at 4,960 pounds, which drops to 3,480 lbs with the 22-inch wheels opted on. No towing ratings have been provided for the Model Y, as yet.
What are the safety ratings for Tesla’s 2021 SUV line?
The NHTSA gave the X a full five-star score in 2020 but has yet to evaluate the Y. The IIHS hasn’t reviewed either vehicle but awarded the Model 3 with a Top Safety Pick+ award. Reliability has been an issue for the company in the past, and the lack of a rating from J.D. Power doesn’t help.
How much trunk space is in the Model Y?
In total, the Y offers a generous 68 cubic feet of combined cargo room, split between the frunk and behind the front seats combined (all seats down). Adding the third-row bench will come at a significant cost to the cabin’s standard cargo room.
Do the 2020 Tesla SUV and 2021 Tesla SUV differ in price?
No, the brand doesn’t follow the typical year-on-year pricing changes. Instead, the company applies more periodic improvements and over-the-air-updates that can be installed to any Tesla SUV at a cost.