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2021 Tesla Model Y

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Tesla Model Y highlights

Customer reviews

4.9 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

(data not available)


  • Roomy and comfortable interior
  • Good battery range and Supercharger network for rapid charging


  • Third-row seats are only suitable for small children
  • Air conditioning has to work hard to cool the interior

Battery range (EPA estimate)

326 miles

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)


The 2021 Tesla Model Y adds option for a third row

Tesla has added the option for third-row seating to its 2021 Model Y all-electric compact luxury SUV. The extra seats expand capacity to seven, but their positioning and proximity to the rear window limit their usefulness to smaller children. Elsewhere inside, the Model Y offers ample space for passengers and luggage alike, while the large touchscreen takes care of all the infotainment, ventilation, and driving choices. It takes a bit of practice to learn and lacks either Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity.

The rear-wheel-drive Standard Range model was offered in early 2021 and then quickly dropped from the lineup. That leaves the Long Range and Performance models, which both feature all-wheel drive and an EPA-estimated range of about 300 miles. The Model Y's interior lacks the luxury of some premium rivals, such as the Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC. The Model Y is an appealing choice for a compact luxury SUV, battery-powered or not.

All Tesla Model Y years

New for 2021

  • The Model Y is available in a new trim called the Standard Range.
  • Model Y trims have been upgraded with Cloth Seats, Automated Cruise Control, and Heated Steering Wheel as standard equipment this year.
  • Power Folding Third Row, Adjustable Suspension, and Rear Spoiler features are now available as options on select trims.

Explore Tesla Model Y details

Standard Range 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • 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

Optional Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Automated Parking
  • Cloth Seats
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Power Folding Third Row
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Third Row Seat

Drive type


Engine size


Engine type




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.8"/R 40.5"

Head room

F 41"/R 39.4"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




5 reasons to buy the 2021 Tesla Model Y

1. Long range, fast charging

2021 Tesla Model Y Review: Exterior rear view | CarMax

The 2021 Tesla Model Y is available in two trims with dual electric motors and a lithium-ion battery; both trims deliver impressive range for extended journeys. The 2021 Model Y Long Range has an EPA-estimated range of 326 miles on a full charge, and the Performance trim has an EPA-estimated range of 303 miles on a full charge.While on the go, you can quickly restore the Model Y's battery using a Tesla Supercharger station to gain 158 miles of range in just 15 minutes of charging, making this EV a great option for daily commuting or family road trips.

2. All wheels, all the time

2021 Tesla Model Y Review: Wheels | CarMax

With its dual electric motor setup on both axles, the 2021 Tesla Model Y delivers standard all-wheel-drive capabilities. This system distributes available electric horsepower to all four wheels to respond to changing road conditions and weight transfers with maximum torque. This capability makes the Model Y a confident choice for tackling harsh weather conditions or rough road surfaces with ease.

3. Latest and greatest tech

2021 Tesla Model Y Review: 15-inch touchscreen | CarMax

The nucleus of the 2021 Tesla Model Y's functions is a user-friendly center-dash-mounted 15-inch touchscreen that's the focal point of the SUV's interior. This intuitive display is easy to see and reach, and features a navigation system, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a 14-speaker audio system with crystal clear sound. A wireless charging device also comes standard, and there are four USB ports in five-passenger models to keep smartphones and other devices at total battery capacity.

4. Palpitating performance

2021 Tesla Model Y Review: Exterior front view | CarMax

If you think you need a V6 or V8 gas-powered engine to deliver whip-quick acceleration, allow the 2021 Tesla Model Y to prove you wrong. The Performance trim lives up to its name with a zero to 60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, while the Long Range trim covers the same distance in 4.8 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Moreover, the Model Y matches its powerful speed with sharp steering and agile handling, making it a seriously fun all-electric SUV.

5. Space galore

2021 Tesla Model Y Review: Third row seating | CarMax

Whether you choose the five-passenger 2021 Tesla Model Y or add the optional third row for seven passengers, you'll appreciate the SUV's voluminous cabin and interior space. Adults and teens will find comfort in the second row with 41.6 inches of legroom, and you'll have no issues accommodating two child seats if you have young kids. The 2021 Model Y also proves handy when stopping at the home improvement store. Folding the rear seats opens 72.1 cubic feet of cargo storage, and there's a 4.1-cubic-foot "frunk" (front trunk) to store smaller items.

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Introduced in 2021, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is a sporty all-electric SUV with seating for five passengers. 2021-2022 models come standard with rear-wheel drive and a 68-kWh standard-range battery; higher trims offer electric all-wheel drive and an 88-kWh extended-range battery.

Standard features on the 2021-2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select include:

  • 18-inch carbonized gray-painted aluminum wheels

  • Keyless entry with push-button start

  • 15.5-inch touchscreen display

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.9 out of 5

8 customer reviews

2021 Tesla Model Y trims

  • Long Range: Includes 19-inch wheels, leatherette upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, heated rear seats, 15-inch touchscreen display with navigation, and more.

  • Performance: Unlocks 21-inch wheels, lowered suspension, larger rear electric motor, and performance brakes.

2021 Tesla Model Y FAQ

More about the 2021 Tesla Model Y

Color options

2021 Tesla Model Y Review: Color Options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Deep Blue Metallic

  • Midnight Silver Metallic

  • Pearl White Multi-Coat

  • Red Multi-Coat

  • Solid Black

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • White

Interior details

The 2021 Tesla Model Y interior has a standard two-row configuration that seats five passengers; available third-row models increase capacity to seven passengers. The cabin features a modern design with ample legroom, including 41.6 inches in the second row. Seating is comfortable and supportive, with standard heated front and second-row seats and leatherette upholstery. With 76.2 cubic feet of cargo space with all rows folded and in the small front trunk, the 2021 Tesla Model Y delivers impressive storage space for running errands and transporting bulky items.

Child seat details

The 2021 Tesla Model Y provides seating for five passengers or seven passengers with an optional third row. The second row has two complete sets of LATCH connectors. It can easily accommodate infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. Rear-facing infant seats have plenty of space behind the front passenger seat. Unfortunately, the 2021 Model Y's third row is not as accommodating to child seats. Due to space constraints, there's only room for one forward-facing convertible car seat or booster car seat, and installation is complicated.


All trims of the 2021 Tesla Model Y use dual electric motors and a lithium-ion battery to generate zero-emissions power. All-wheel drive also comes standard on Long Range and Performance models. The 2021 Model Y delivers speedy acceleration that covers zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with the Long Range trim, and 3.5 seconds with the Performance trim (according to the manufacturer, when new).

If you're looking for an all-electric SUV for road trips, the 2021 Tesla Model Y Long Range has an EPA-estimated range of 326 miles on a full charge. The 2021 Tesla Model Y Performance isn't far behind, with an EPA-estimated range of 303 miles on a full charge. Towing capacity is an estimated 3,500 lbs., when properly equipped.

Year comparison

2020-Present Tesla Model Y (First Generation)

The Tesla Model Y was introduced for its first generation in 2020 as a luxury all-electric SUV, available in two trims: Long Range and Performance. Both models feature dual electric motors and a lithium-ion battery, with standard all-wheel drive. A five-passenger seating configuration is the only option for the 2020 Model Y. 2021 and newer versions offer an optional third-row seat that increases capacity to seven passengers.

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