Tesla’s Model Y, which is soon to hit the streets this year, is a practical compact SUV. The Model 3 is an extremely practical sedan but with diminishing interest in the sedan segment, it is sure to be out performed by the Model Y. This will put Tesla into Toyota and Honda’s backyard where they offer two of the go to crossovers on the market. The Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V are two of the top selling compact SUVs. The Toyota RAV4 sold over 448k units followed by the Honda CR-V with over 384k units sold in America alone. They were obviously following up the usual top performing pickup truck segments.
The Model Y offers seating for up to 7 and the back seats fold individually allowing you to drop one or all seats to haul more cargo or a single extruded components like a fishing pole. This is a great step in the right direction with the Model 3 coming with a 60/40 split, which isn’t bad in my opinion. It has a spacious interior with head room for folks crossing that 6 foot threshold like myself and a glass roof. While carbon fiber junkies will state this is added weight, it doesn’t hurt the aesthetic and airy feel while riding in the vehicle. Tesla vehicles have always had an open and spacious feel, it will be interesting to see how they sell compared to the RAV4 and CR-V.
With the Model Y being more of a premium vehicle it will command a higher sticker price compared to its aforementioned competition. An added appeal is this model requires little maintenance over time, as with most of Tesla’s vehicles. The large network of Superchargers Tesla has and continues to install makes things like worrying about not being able to recharge, a thing of the past. While you enjoy a meal at Panera you can conveniently charge your Tesla in their parking lot. It almost seems like an easy decision to choose the Model Y over the Jaguar I-Pace and other EV SUVs when shopping in this market.
My personal preference would be the Model X as it is quite spacious but hey, who’s asking.
Let us know what you think about the practicality of the Model Y and how you think it will stack up to the go to vehicles in this segment, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.