Tesla introduced the Model Y car in March last year, deliveries to customers started on March 13, 2020, so it's time to consider the difference between the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 electric cars, these models are the cheapest in the Tesla lineup. But before that, let's generally understand what kind of cars the Tesla lineup consists of. The company offers us: Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y. Have You ever thought about the differences between all these models? For example, I do not. But now we'll figure it out. The Model S is a luxury sedan, expensive big and fast. Model 3 — the cheapest model of the company, a budget sedan. The Model X is a fancy crossover, similar to the BMW X5, and it is also the most expensive in the line, but the Model Y, in my opinion, the most interesting option is a crossover that is comparable in price to the cheap Model 3, but in all respects exceeds it.
Tesla Model Y, although built on the basis of Model 3, offers increased ground clearance, high landing and much more room for passengers. This is a compact crossover, the electric car of which delivery to customers started only in mid-March 2020.
Why did Tesla decide to release this model?
Firstly, the company did not have a cheap crossover, and secondly, in the world - and especially in the USA, and in Russia - it is crossovers that are getting more and more popularity, and Model Y in this matter due to new technologies and relatively low cost can become probably the most successful Tesla product.
The crossover is roomier than a regular sedan, it has more space for loads, higher ground clearance and better visibility. At the same time, the size of the crossover takes up the same amount of space on the road and parking as a regular sedan.
Model X doors are called "gull wings". Let everyone think you have a Model X until you open the doors to your Model Y
Tesla Model Y looks like both a family car and a youth car at the same time
The advantages of Tesla cars are also that they have special filters that allow you to activate the ”mode of protection against biological weapons". In this mode, the car protects passengers from viruses, bacteria, mold, and pollen entering the passenger compartment. Thus, on Tesla, you can easily navigate through Wuhan, which became the source of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Before comparing Model Y and Model 3, you should understand one more thing. Tesla sells 3 modifications of its cars:
- Regular version
- "Long Range" - a version that features increased mileage from a single charge, increased power and improved acceleration.
- The performance version, it can differ from “Long Range” with improved acceleration (it uses 2 times more engines than the standard model), power and reduced distance that the car is able to travel from one battery charge. Performance versions can easily overtake Ferrari and Lamborghini.
A few words worth mentioning about the engines. The standard versions use one engine and one drive, while the Long Range and Performance versions use two four-wheel-drive engines.
Features of Tesla Model 3 and Model Y
Tesla Model 3
- Basic version - acceleration to 100 in 5.3 seconds, max. speed 225 km/h, cruising range 402 km.
- "Long Range" - version: acceleration to 100 in 4.4 seconds, max. speed 233 km/h, cruising range 518 km.
- "Performance" - version: acceleration to 100 in 3.2 seconds, max. speed 233 km/h, cruising range 518 km.
Tesla Model Y
- Basic version - will be available in spring 2021.
- "Long Range" - version: acceleration to 100 in 4.8 seconds, max. speed 217 km/h, range 508 km.
- "Performance" - version: acceleration to 100 in 3.5 seconds, max. speed 233 km/h, range 507 km.
First of all, the Model Y is a crossover, so its main difference is in its size. Model Y is only slightly smaller than the Model X. However, it is worth noting that the Model X costs about $100,000, while the" Long Range " version of the Model Y can be purchased for only $53,000, the version with increased power (Performance) will cost 61,000, which is also good.
Unfortunately, the cheapest - the usual-modification will start selling only in the spring of 2021 at a price of $39,000, which will make the car even more attractive in comparison with Model 3. But here we must remember that the Model 3 was offered in the US for $35,000, but then this offer was removed from the site Tesla.com.
Model 3 is still the company's cheapest electric car. On the official website, the car can be purchased for $40,000, while the BMW 430i, which can be compared to the Model 3, is sold for $44,000 in the United States. Of course, the difference is small, and probably sports car enthusiasts will choose BWM, but Tesla is about technology. The competitor of the Model Y can be called the BMW X3, the both have similar dimensions, but it is worth noting that the X3 is priced at 42 thousand dollars, which makes it a more interesting option for those who want to save money.
Dimensions Model Y
Model Y is a compact crossover. In size, it is significantly larger than the Model 3 sedan, and this despite the fact that it is built on the basis of Model 3 (75% of the components of these cars are common):
Dimension Comparison Model Y and Model 3
The luggage carriers of the car are much larger than those available in Model 3. Yes, electric cars do not have a motor, which means there are two luggage carriers. Model Y offers 1.5 cubic meters of luggage space compared to 0.14 cubic meters of Model 3. Model Y has 3 rear seats, and now they can also be folded with buttons inside the trunk, in Model 3 they can only be folded through the handles on the rear seats. In addition, if in Model 3 they were folded in a ratio of 60/40 (two seats or one), in the case of the Model Y, you can separately fold each seat, including the Central one.
The seats in Model Y are very similar to those used in Model 3, but they are mounted on special racks, which makes the landing much higher. Legroom in Y for rear passengers increased by 15%, and for front passengers by 2%. The distance above the head in Model Y is almost the same as in Model 3 - the difference is 1-2%.
Features of Model Y
Model Y can offer its owners a panoramic roof for both front and rear passengers. In the new model, the company additionally placed a gasket inside the front hood cover to prevent water from entering the front trunk. Many people scolded the car for the lack of additional mechanical door opening handles for rear passengers in case the car's battery ran out. Model Y fixed the problem - now all passengers in an emergency can open the doors of the car.
In the Model Y, there is a wireless charging device for the smartphone under the front screen, which is not present in Model 3. In addition, the Type-A and Type-C ports are located under the charge, whereas the Model 3 had only two Type-A ports. The rear passengers received two Type-C ports instead of two Type-A ports. The disadvantage of the Model Y is the increased turning radius (in the Model 3 — 11.8 meters, in the Y — 12.1 meters).
Interior of the Tesla Model Y is the iPhone in the car world
A few words should be said about the wheels. In Model Y, they became noticeably wider, this will allow the car to stay on the road and enter corners better, and at the same time in Model Y significantly improved mileage from a single charge (up to 508 kilometers), in Model 3 the basic version is able to travel only 402 kilometers (price 39,000 dollars). Which, however, is also not bad. And, probably, it would be more correct to compare Model Y with the “Long Range” - version of Model 3, which can travel 518 kilometers from a single charge and is priced at 49 thousand dollars. In this case, of course, Model 3 looks more attractive.
Most likely, Tesla will change the price of the Model 3 by the time the cheap version of the Model Y is released on the market.
What to buy: Tesla Model Y or Model 3?
Today, more and more consumers are opting for crossovers, because it is a convenient body type. And the option with the Model Y in comparison with the Model 3 seems more attractive, it is something between a full-size crossover and a regular sedan, and this is its plus. It is compact enough that it can be conveniently moved along narrow city streets, and, meanwhile, it is not so small and is perfect for a large family. Model Y is the perfect car for practical people who want to be in the trend and sometimes like to go out in nature.