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What are the differences between Tesla Model Y and Model 3

Tesla introduced last MarchModel Y car, deliveries to customers started on March 13, 2020, so it's time to consider what the difference is between the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 electric cars, these models are the cheapest in the Tesla lineup (earlier my colleague Ramis compared the interior of Model Y and Model 3 ) 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 wondered whatDo all these models differ? For example, I do not. But now we will figure it out. Model S is a luxury sedan, expensive big and fast. Model 3 - the cheapest model of the company, a budget sedan, you can say “homeless cars”. Model X is a sophisticated crossover, an analogue of the BMW X5, and besides, it is the most expensive in the line, but Model Y, in my opinion, the most interesting option is a crossover that is comparable in price to a cheap Model 3, but in all respects superior to him.

Tesla Model Y, although built on the basis of Model 3,It offers increased clearance, high landing and much more room for passengers. This is a compact crossover, the electric vehicle of which was launched to customers only in mid-March 2020.


  • 1 Why did Tesla decide to release this model?
  • 2 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y Features
    • 2.1 Tesla Model 3
    • 2.2 Tesla Model Y
  • 3 Dimensions Model Y
  • 4 Features of Model Y
  • 5 What to buy: Tesla Model Y or Model 3?

Why did Tesla decide to release this model?

Firstly, the company did not have cheapcrossovers, secondly, in the world - and especially in the USA, and in Russia - it is crossovers that are gaining more and more popularity, and Model Y in this matter due to new technologies and relatively low cost may be probably the most successful Tesla product.

The crossover is more capacious than a regular sedan, it hasmore space for cargo, higher ground clearance and better visibility. At the same time, in terms of dimensions, the crossover takes up as much space on the road and parking as an ordinary sedan.

Model X doors are called "gull wings"

Let everyone think you have a Model X before you open the doors of your Model Y

Tesla Model Y looks both a family car and a youth car at the same time. How did they do it?

The pluses of Tesla cars are that theyhave special filters that allow you to activate the "Biological Weapon Protection Mode". In this mode, the car protects passengers from viruses, bacteria, mold and pollen from entering the passenger compartment. Thus, you can easily travel to Tesla around Wuhan, which became the source of the coronavirus COVID-19, our colleagues from wrote detailed material about the new virus, you can study it.

Read more about the option “Biological Weapon Protection Mode” in Tesla machines in our material.

Before comparing Model Y and Model 3, there’s one more thing to understand. Tesla sells 3 modifications of its cars:

  • Regular version
  • "Long Range" - a version that is distinguished by increased mileage from a single charge, increased power and improved acceleration
  • Performance version, it can be from "Long Range"differ in improved acceleration (2 times more engines are used than in 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 YTesla Model 3

  • The 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, Model Y is a crossover,therefore, its main difference is precisely in size. Model Y in size is only slightly inferior to Model X. However, it is worth noting that Model X costs about $ 100,000, while the “Long Range” version of Model Y can be bought for only $ 53,000, the version with increased power (Performance) will cost at 61,000, which is also not bad.

Unfortunately, the cheapest - ordinary -the modification will only be sold in the spring of 2021 at a price of $ 39,000, which will make the car even more attractive compared to Model 3. But here we must remember that Model 3 was offered in the US for $ 35,000, but then this offer was removed from the Tesla website .com

Model 3 is still the cheapestelectric vehicle company. On the official website, a car can be purchased for $ 40,000, while the BMW 430i, which can be compared with Model 3, is sold in the United States at a price of $ 44,000. Of course, the difference is not big, and, probably, sports car lovers will choose BWM, however, Tesla is about technology. The competitor of Model Y can be called the BMW X3, the devices 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. Recently, our author and my colleague Artyom Sutyagin wrote a material in which he stated that electric cars have no future. This statement is, of course, ridiculous and amusing. What do you think?

Editor's Note: Judging by the video and photo, inside Model Y has the interior of Model 3, and if so, then you do not have to compare the interior trim and its quality with BMW or Mercedes, the materials and interior assembly at Telsa are much worse than the entire Bavarian three. You will ride your Model 3 very quickly, there will be perfect silence inside, but the feeling of decoration inside the car is comparable to Hyundai. Not everyone is ready to swap BMW finishes.

Dimensions Model Y

Model Y is a compact crossover. In size, it is much 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 availablein 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 60/40 ratio (two or one seat), in the case of Model Y, each seat can be individually folded, including the center one.

The seats in Model Y are very similar to thoseused in Model 3, but they are mounted on special racks, which makes 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 Model Y

In Model Y, under the front screen is locatedwireless charging for a smartphone, which is not in Model 3. In addition, under the charge is a Type-A and Type-C port, while in Model 3 there were only two Type-A ports. Rear passengers instead of two Type-A ports received two Type-C ports. The minus of Model Y can be called an increased turning radius (in Model 3 - 11.8 meters, in Y - 12.1 meters).

Interior Tesla Model Y is the iPhone in the car world.

A few words are worth saying 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 they noticeably 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 is capable of driving 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 prices for Model 3 by the time the cheap version of Model Y enters the market.

See also: The first photos of the Tesla Model Y salon - how does it differ from Model 3?

What to buy: Tesla Model Y or Model 3?

Today, consumers are increasingly choosingthe benefit of crossovers, because it is a comfortable body type. And the version with Model Y in comparison with 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 to be able to conveniently navigate through the narrow city streets, and, meanwhile, it is not so small and perfect for a large family. Model Y is an ideal car for practical people who want to be in trend and sometimes like to go outdoors. In Russia, Model Y may become the most successful Tesla car due to its high ground clearance.