2020 Tesla Model Y

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  • Good performance and range with both models
  • Lots of passenger room, front and rear


  • No Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ integration
  • Performance model has a stiff suspension

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2020 Tesla Model Y makes a splashy debut as an all-electric small luxury SUV

Given the huge sales of compact luxury SUVs, it's a bit of a surprise it took Tesla until 2020 to bring one to market. It has, though, and like the rest of the Tesla range the Model Y is completely battery-powered. Based on Tesla's Model 3 sedan, the Model Y—like all Teslas—does things a little bit differently, with all but a few controls clustered in a sizable 15-inch touchscreen. It works well with some practice, but the lack of Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ smartphone integration is inconvenient.

Tesla offers the 2020 Model Y in Long Range and Performance trim levels, both of which feature all-wheel drive. With either choice, performance is impressive: The Long Range can sprint to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, and the Performance model is even quicker at 3.5 seconds. The EPA-estimated range for both trims is 300-plus miles, and the Tesla Supercharger network is available for rapid charging when you're out and about. Space is excellent for both passengers and luggage, and forward visibility is good. Visibility to the rear is less so because of the slim, high rear window. It's an impressive debut for the Model Y, with all the usual Tesla hallmarks of high technology, performance, and charging convenience.

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2020 Tesla Model Y trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Tesla Model Y

1. No range anxiety

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One of the things you may hear about electric cars is "range anxiety," but modern electric car batteries are large enough to get you pretty much wherever you need to go. With an EPA-estimated range of 315 miles on the Performance trim with a full charge, the 2020 Tesla Model Y can travel just about as far as many gas-powered cars can go on a single tank.

Plus, the EV charging network is growing by the day, so it's getting even easier to find a convenient charging spot for your next electric road trip.

2. AWD capacity

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Both 2020 Model Y trim levels feature optional all-wheel drive, so your vehicle can be ready for whatever Mother Nature sends it way. Powered by super-responsive, independent electric motors, the Model Y is designed to instantly control torque to the front and rear wheels. That can mean better handling, traction, and stability control, regardless of the scenario.

3. The latest tech

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Like all Tesla models, the Model Y's interior centerpiece is a massive 15-inch screen. It goes beyond infotainment though, as the screen controls just about every function in the vehicle. With crisp resolution and an integrated navigation system, the Model Y has various gadgets you may want. You might even find some "Easter eggs," or fun little hidden surprises mixed in. There's even a mode to keep your pet warm or cool while they're in the car alone!

4. Plenty of speed

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The average car enthusiast may fear the day when big V8 engines will no longer be available. However, that doesn't mean our electric future will be dull. Far from it — the 2020 Model Y is fast. On the Performance trim, the Model Y can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, boasting a top speed of 150 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). Clearly, the Model Y is far from boring. You can even shop for a model with lower suspension in the Performance trim for better handling.

5. Lots of space

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The 2020 Model Y's cargo space is quite large: 68 cu ft with the rear seats folded. The number of storage options is significant, including additional storage under the rear cargo area, plus the front trunk ("frunk"). That means you can have plenty of room for your stuff on your all-electric road trip.

2020 Tesla Model Y video review

The Tesla Model Y is an all-electric luxury SUV that made waves when it was released in 2020. Smaller and less expensive than the Model X, the Model Y is now one of the most popular electric SUVs. In this video, Travis Langness from Edmunds explains everything you should know about the Tesla Model Y and what you should expect if you're considering buying one. This is our review of the Tesla Model Y.

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Standard features on the 2019-2020 Jaguar I-Pace S include:

  • LED headlights

  • Eight-way semi-powered front seats

  • Meridian sound system

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Ratings & reliability

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4.6 out of 5

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Tesla Model Y features and specs

Long Range 4WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Skylight(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Tow Hitch

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F 41.8"/R 40.5"

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F 41"/R 39.4"

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Exterior colors

  • Deep Blue Metallic

  • Midnight Silver Metallic

  • Pearl White Multi-Coat

  • Red Multi-Coat

  • Solid Black

Interior colors

  • Black w/Premium Seat Trim

  • White/Black w/Premium Seat Trim

Interior details

The 2020 Tesla Model Y seats up to five people across two rows of leatherette seating. While the rear seats don't fold entirely flat, the wide opening makes for easy loading. The removable cargo floor in the rear provides additional storage underneath, and the front trunk ("frunk") adds even more practicality. The Model Y boasts 68 cu ft of total cargo space with the seats folded down, and the large 15-inch touchscreen controls just about all vehicle functions.

Child seat details

The 2020 Tesla Model Y has three child seat tether anchors and can fit three child seats. There are no lower anchors for the middle seat. The IIHS rates the LATCH ease of use as "acceptable," which is its second-highest rating


The 2020 Tesla Model Y has a zero to 60 time of 4.8 seconds (Long Range) or 3.5 seconds (Performance), as well as a top speed of 130-150 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). The Model Y in the Performance trim with AWD and 21-inch wheels gets an EPA-estimated 111 MPGe combined. Both the Performance trim (with 19-inch wheels) and the Long Range trim have an EPA-estimated 121 MPGe combined.

Emissions info

According to EPA estimates, the 2020 Tesla Model Y greenhouse gas emissions are 0 grams per mile. This estimate is based on a brand-new model. Visit for more details.

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2020 Tesla Model Y received an overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

Keep in mind that certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

Year comparisons

2020 to present (First Generation)

The Tesla Model Y is a compact electric crossover based on the Tesla Model 3 sedan, featuring a taller roofline and more interior space. Whether you shop for the Long Range or Performance trim, you'll find a great all-electric option in the Model Y. For the 2021 model year, the Model Y introduced a Standard Range trim with an EPA-estimated 244 mile range on a full charge, as well as an optional pop-up third-row jump seat that increases total seating capacity to seven.

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