2021 Tesla Model Y consumer reviews

$39,990 starting MSRP
side view of 2021 Model Y Tesla
56% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.9
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 3.5
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 3.7
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4.9

Amazingly fun and safe vehicle

I have always driven manual, V6 or V8 cars prior to buying the MY because of how engaging and responsive they are to drive. Elon Musk has developed a vehicle which is quicker than anything I have ever driven before (long range model only) and the regenerative brakes give the driver tremendous feedback and control while driving. Equivalent performance in traditional combustion vehicles is $10k - $30k more and gas mileage is in the 10 - 14 mpg range....why would you choose something else? In addition to performance and positive environmental impact, I love the interior design, the overall tech solution, intuitive interface, quirky entertainment options, great seats, upgraded black induction rims, chrome delete look, pleather interior (marketed as “non-animal” leather...LOL), and amazing amount of space/storage area. Finally, I did not purchase the Full Self Driving option primarily because I worked my entire life to drive a car like this and I don’t want to share with anyone or anything! My point is that the stock auto pilot in the MY is amazing...heavy traffic, following some numb nut on a back road at 5 miles under the speed limit...double down on the right stock and the damn car drives for you! Save $10k, enjoy driving, and utilize the stock auto pilot when you have to! As with everything, there are negatives as well. The exterior paint is not as strong as you would expect. My car is 2 months old and has 3 - 4 very small paint chips which only a nut job like myself would notice but the Tesla community has clearly flagged this as a long term issue. I have decided to avoid mitigation steps like ceramic wraps and instead fix one off issues until I can justify a new high end paint job (change from white to cherry red!). Second issue (which I love but understand normal folks having concerns) would be the stiff ride. On smooth surface, this car is so much fun and sure footed...however on bad streets, it is certainly disruptive in the cabin. Overall, Tesla has designed a vehicles for car enthusiasts like myself (family first but also want a fun car to drive) and I am truly excited that I no longer use gasoline...not sure why that was not more of a priority in the past however that is my own issue! This is an expensive car and I am truly lucky and blessed to afford it...if you are also considering such an expensive purchase...check out cost of ownership comparisons! No gas, oil changes, tune-ups or other wear and tear repairs related to combustion engines! As.noted above, performance equivalent vehicles go through gas like I go through potato chips...and if you charge at home, the charging costs are reduced even more! Two final comments...the MY long range has tremendous acceleration and response BUT there is a $2k boost option which gives you .6 seconds off the 0-60 and I am salivating over that upgrade already! I will get there eventually but my wife makes a great point that the “car is too damn fast already”! Second, how about driving one of the safest vehicles on the road, Models S, 3, X and Y are the four safest vehicles on the road...low center of gravity substantially reduces risk of serious injury and that is a very big bi-product of the battery pack location! Good luck and fun driving!

3.3

Used to like it until it malfunctioned and crashed

My wife’s Tesla had a malfunction this morning due to your regenerative breaking system. She was driving out of a park from walking our dog going at 10 to 15 mph to a stop sign and all of a sudden the Tesla went out of control going so fast that she almost lost her life due to the cars malfunctioning At the stop sign you can only go right or left only. You can see by the picture of the intersection coming from the park where the red post is, the car kept going straight until it hit a car and a light pole, after it hit the car. The thing is that my wife took the car into your service center at 901 Gilman to get her front windshield replaced. I’m not sure what they did there with the car’s computer while they disabled the car for service. When my wife picked up her car at the service center it was not working properly when my wife got the car. The side mirrors didn’t fold out so my wife flagged the service guy down to tell him why the side mirrors weren’t out when you put the car to drive. So that was odd. The service guy did something with the touch screen. Something from that point tells me that they did something to the cars computer when they serviced the car and didn’t tell my wife. Straight to the point that the car malfunctioning caused this accident. Your company is putting a dangerous product out on the street for people to drive is not right. I personally liked this car while driving it on the weekends with my wife and dog. I’m sure you know you are putting a dangerous car out on the road and that’s why there’s been more accidents on the news about Tesla’s. Probably many more that don’t even make the news. The only had 1811 miles on it at the time of the accident. Still a brand new car that went berserk. What a xxxx shame. We should be compensated in someway. My wife and my dog got really lucky to be still alive right now.

5.0

Game Changer

My daily commute is 108 miles (round trip and 95% highway) and to say the Model Y has been an improvement compared to my Jeep Grand Cherokee would be the cliche understatement of the century. Not having to get gas AND 100% focus on the highway has made my life sooo much easier. When comparing my Jeep lease payment + gas w/Tesla loan payment I'm actually saving >$100/mo! My Model Y came off the factory line 3/12/21 and the quality is superb. I can't recommend this car enough

5.0

This the most exciting car I have ever owned.

Performance is unbelievable, comfortable, lots of room, a total paradigm change. Back to the future is now! I had not considered owning an electric vehicle until I test drove a model Y. Purchase experience was the best I have ever had!

4.7

The best car I have ever owned

In the last 6 months I have put 14,000 miles on my Tesla Model Y. I have had no issues or problems. The driving experience is just so much fun. The responsiveness and handling of the car is just phenomenal. I charge at home so it's truly convenient. Just get in and go. Not only do I not need to go to a gas station, there's no oil changes or other scheduled maintenance. For me, not having to deal with a conventional car dealership with all their pricing games and time wasting tactics has also been a nice perk.

5.0

Quality much better than expected

Fantastic vehicle. Quality issues much less than people seem to say - and Tesla service was so helpful in addressing tiny issues in a friendly fashion and quickly.