Tesla is finally making good on its promise to provide a more affordable Tesla Model Y. That means more people can make the switch from gas to electric. However, there is a problem. The 2023 Tesla Model Y is still quite expensive and hard to come by.
How much does the 2023 Tesla Model Y cost?
The 2023 Tesla Model Y starts at $61,990. This compares to $65,990 for the 2022 model. Plus, it includes AWD and the dual motor to deliver 279 miles of driving range on a single charge.
Originally, the Tesla Model Y was listed at 61,990 without AWD and with the standard range battery. Also, according to Eletrekthis model is not yet available to everyone.
Only Tesla employees and some customers who have ordered the Model Y can access this version in the configurator. It seems to only exist as source code at the moment. So is it a glitch? Or is Tesla preparing to release a cheaper version of the 2023 Model Y?
Also, when it comes to affordability, the Model Y is cheaper in other countries. A cheaper model with shorter range and rear-wheel drive is available in other countries. This model was only briefly sold in North America.
Additionally, eligibility for electric vehicle tax credits is changing. The Model Y may need to make some changes to be eligible for the $7,500 federal credit.
Is the 2023 Model Y worth buying?
Yes, the 2023 Tesla Model Y is worth buying, even if the cheaper models aren’t available. While $65,990 is a steep price, at least it comes with AWD and 330 miles of range. It has quick acceleration, is roomy, and has a robust cargo net.
But fully loaded options like the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 are $52,600 or less. So why are you paying extra?
Sure, the Model Y can do 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, but the Hyundai Ioniq 5 does it in 4.7 seconds with comparable comfort and space. Without offering the rumored most affordable standard-range Model Y, you may not be able to keep up.
The model is quite comfortable, but bumps can make the cabin vibrate. The Ioniq 5 could provide a smoother experience. However, the Model Y has a quiet and peaceful cabin to enjoy.
Also, while the massive touchscreen is attractive, it’s a bit finicky. If it becomes disconnected, you will lose most of the vehicle’s controls. Some drivers may prefer more physical controls instead of touch screen commands as well.
What are the disadvantages of the Model Y?
The 2023 Tesla Model Y has problems with smartphone integration. Connecting your phone via Bluetooth feels a bit understated compared to rivals with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, the Google-based infotainment system is a bit patchy.
The rear window is quite small and limits visibility to the rear. The large windshield pillars at the front can also block your view.
Voice commands aren’t very responsive or effective. Also, security systems get confused and confuse cars parked on the shoulder with vehicle lanes. Model Y can follow other vehicles very closely at times, which is dangerous.
The Model Y is the best-selling option in its class, but it used to be one of the only options. Now that the segment is growing and rivals offer similar amenities with fewer bugs, Tesla may need to make the Model Y more affordable.