7 Reasons to Buy the $66,000 Electric SUV

  • Teslas are by far the most popular electric vehicles in the US — and for good reason.
  • I test drove a 2022 Model Y SUV and came away impressed with its quick acceleration, roomy cabin and tech features.
  • Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network is another good reason to buy one of its EVs.

Driving a Tesla for the first time showed me that Elon Musk’s electric vehicles aren’t all hums. In fact, there are several good reasons to strongly consider buying from Tesla over one of its many competitors, depending on your particular preferences.

The 2022 Model Y SUV I borrowed from a friend recently (Tesla doesn’t offer type loans) provided an appealing combination of cutting-edge technology, minimalist design, and brisk acceleration. For these reasons and more, the popular Y is a great choice for some buyers — if you can get past its flaws.

Sports driving

The Tesla Model Y.

The Tesla Model Y.

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Although not the most expensive Performance version, the Model Y Long Range I tested was quite sporty. Leap forward with the sharp acceleration inherent in high-powered electric cars. Combine that speed with precise steering and a stiff suspension, and you’ve got an all-wheel-drive SUV that’s more agile and exciting to drive than most.

Range suitable for road trips

The Tesla Model Y.

The Tesla Model Y.

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Tesla remains one of the range leaders in the US. The Model Y earns a healthy 330-mile rating from the Environmental Protection Agency. The model I drove has an EPA range of 318 miles (due to its larger wheels) which is still more than many EVs offered today.

Packed with technology

The Tesla Model Y.

The Tesla Model Y.

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The SUV’s clean and feature-packed touchscreen makes it a tech-lover’s paradise.

Practically everything in the vehicle is controlled via the ultra-responsive display, which includes whimsical features like games, a digital pillow for pranking passengers and a web browser. The Sentry feature monitors the area around your parked car and records if it senses anything fishy.

Additionally, Tesla frequently tweaks features through software updates, just like you would on a smartphone.

The Tesla Model Y electric SUV.

The Tesla Model Y.

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Some people may be put off by the idea of ​​relying on a digital interface for basic functions like A/C and wipers. This is understandable. But for anyone interested in a car that looks like an iPhone on wheels, a Tesla is hard to beat.

Space to spread out

The Tesla Model Y.

The Tesla Model Y.

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Tesla takes full advantage of its compact electric drivetrain to maximize interior space and make things comfortable. After all, removing a transmission, engine and gas tank should free up a lot of room for more important things, like people.

The Y model has a flat floor, which increases legroom. And its tall glass roof (which is standard) adds to the sense of openness and boosts headroom.

Tons of cargo space

The Tesla Model Y.

The Tesla Model Y.

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Between bonus areas like an underfloor trash can and in the front trunk, the Model Y offers plenty of storage before you even get to the regular cargo area.

The Tesla Model Y.

The Tesla Model Y.

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Overall, the Y has 76.2 cubic feet of usable storage space with the rear seats folded down, more than most competitors.

Unique, minimalist design

The Tesla Model Y.

The Tesla Model Y.

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Without the typical clutter of gauges, buttons and vents, the Model Y’s interior is strikingly minimalist and unlike that of any other car on the road. Some nice wood trim ensures the cabin doesn’t come off as too sterile.

The whole environment made me feel like I was driving something special and sharp, not a normal car.

Effortless overcharging

The Tesla Model Y electric SUV.

The Tesla Model Y.

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Tesla’s extensive and exclusive network of Supercharger stations makes charging on the go incredibly easy. I quickly found an available plug on the Y’s display, plotted a route, and when I showed up the vehicle had already warmed the battery to the ideal temperature for quick charging.

Then I just went outside, plugged in, and the Model Y started collecting those sweet, sweet electrons. This isn’t the typical charging experience with other models, which might involve fumbling with credit cards, phone apps, or customer service.

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