2022 Tesla Model Y

2022 Tesla Model Y
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2022 Tesla Model Y Review: A Runaway Success

The Tesla Model Y, the brand's newest core model, remains crucial for the EV automaker, bringing a more affordable electric SUV within reach of a wider audience. Unfortunately, much has changed in a year and the Model Y is now over $10,000 pricier than it was. Like other Teslas, the Model Y mixes blinding acceleration with a practical range - the Performance variant will hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and yet is claimed to manage 303 miles between charges. For similar performance in a gas-powered compact luxury crossover, you'll have to shell out over $70,000 for a BMW X3 M or over $80,000 for an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The Model Y doesn't feel as well-built as the German, though, and it also has to do battle with the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Our Tesla Model Y review will reveal whether the crossover is still competitive with this diverse group of compact SUVs.

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2022 Tesla Model Y Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Model Y?

As is commonly known, Tesla updates its vehicles throughout the year so the changes mentioned here are the ones known at the time of writing. For 2022, the Standard Range model falls away. As for the Long Range, it can now go 330 miles on a full charge (with 19-inch wheels), although this is only 4 miles up on last year's equivalent model. Tesla also began building some Model Ys with an updated battery with a structurally integrated design. As mentioned, the Model Y is now much pricier with a starting price tag of well over $60,000.

Pros and Cons

  • Much more affordable than Model X
  • Amazing acceleration
  • Impressive range on a full charge
  • Modern, simple, and sophisticated design
  • Tesla's Supercharger network offers peace of mind
  • Capable through the corners
  • Question marks over build quality
  • Available third row unsuitable for adults
  • Massive touchscreen occasionally distracts
  • Rear visibility is an issue
  • Massive price hikes since 2021

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2022 Tesla Model Y Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Long Range
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$65,990
Performance
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$69,990
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2022 Model Y Exterior

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2022 Tesla Model Y Front View Driving
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Dimensions

  • Length 187.0 in
  • Wheelbase 113.8 in
  • Height 63.9 in
  • Max Width 75.6 in
  • Front Width 64.4 in
  • Rear Width 64.4 in
  • Curb Weight 4,555.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Deep Blue Metallic +$1,000
  • Solid Black +$1,500
  • Red Multi-Coat +$2,000
  • Pearl White Multi-Coat
  • Midnight Silver Metallic

2022 Model Y Performance

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2022 Tesla Model Y Driving Front Angle
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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    Electric
  • Transmission
    Single Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

While the driving experience tends to be dominated by the Model Y's shattering ability to gather speed, it's talented in other aspects as well. With a single-speed gearbox, there's no need to wait around while the transmission decides what gear is needed - just put your foot down and go. The steering system is also a highlight, striking a good balance between easy maneuverability at low speeds and sufficient weighting when cornering at higher velocities. It's still quite a heavy SUV, though, and while you can sense that, it's not enough to stop the Model Y from proving enjoyable to pilot. The ride quality is smooth and compliant, making for a relaxed cruiser, but the optional bigger wheels do make bumps more of a common disturbance than the standard 19-inch items. And, although road and wind noise are generally well-suppressed, the absence of any engine noise means that some external sounds are heard more here than they would be over the din of a regular engine.

2022 Model Y Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.8 in
  • Front Head Room 41.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.4 in

2022 Model Y Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Tesla Model Y Cup Holder
2022 Tesla Model Y Third Row Seats
2022 Tesla Model Y Maximum Cargo Space

2022 Model Y Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    8 Years \ 120,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Tesla Model Y A Good SUV?

While the Tesla Model Y crossover doesn't offer much that's new that we haven't seen in older Teslas, it crucially introduces a more affordable SUV to slot in below the Model X. It is a bit of a pity that the company has abandoned the Standard Range model and drastically raised prices recently, though. The Audi e-tron isn't as fast but feels much more premium, and the price gap between it and the Model Y has all but shrunk. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a much tougher competitor in terms of price and has proven popular so far. Regardless of which Model Y you go for, it's extremely quick, has a practical driving range, a spacious cabin, and plenty of features. Interior quality leaves something to be desired and we'd skip the seven-seater option with its cramped third row, but these aspects are unlikely to prevent the Model Y from storming up the sales charts.

2022 Tesla Model Y Comparisons

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model 3 Tesla
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Tesla Model Y425 hp127/117 mpg$43,990
Tesla Model X 670 hp107/97 mpg$79,990
Tesla Model 3 257 hp138/126 mpg$38,990

2022 Tesla Model Y vs Tesla Model X

If you wanted a Tesla SUV, the Model X was your only option until the arrival of the smaller Model Y. Although it is quite a bit older, the Model X hardly looks or feels as if it has aged. It sports a few unique design details and features like the Falcon Wing rear doors and a panoramic windshield. The Model X has a larger 17-inch touchscreen, although the Model Y's 15-inch screen is still massive. The Model X also receives the controversial new steering wheel. With more power, the Model X is much quicker, getting to 60 in as little as 2.5 seconds. The Long Range also offers a range of up to 348 miles, 18 miles more than the Model Y. Both have spacious cabins, but the Model X is even airier inside and offers greater cargo capacity. However, the starting price difference of $52,000 is outrageous. For much less money, the Model Y does most of what the Model X can do - it's our choice.

See Tesla Model X Review

2022 Tesla Model Y vs Tesla Model 3

Based on the Model 3's platform, the Model Y has quite a lot in common with its sedan sibling. From the front, it's difficult to tell the two apart. The difference comes in the cabin, where the Model Y has more seating space and far more impressive total cargo capacity. But the Model 3 is lighter, so its equivalent trims have superior performance specs compared to the Model Y, while also managing a longer range on a full charge of 358 miles. The lower-slung Model 3 sedan is also a bit better to drive, and Tesla continues to offer a cheaper Standard Range variant that starts at below $50,000. The pricier trims are between $5,000 and $7,000 cheaper than the Model Y equivalents. If the sedan's space is adequate for your needs, it's the one to go for. But if you need more space, the Model Y makes a lot of sense.

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