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As we finish the first quarter of 2023, we can start to piece together which vehicles will be best sellers for the end of the year. Car and Driver recently released the top 25 best-selling cars, trucks, and SUVs of the first quarter of 2023, and the results held a handful of surprises. For EVs, we are starting to see a quick rise in the popularity of mass-market electric vehicles. If you have been around any American city with an EV infrastructure, the top-selling EVs of 2023 will be no surprise to you.

Black 2023 Tesla Model Y parked next to a curb.
2023 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

The Tesla Model Y: 85,000 estimated units sold

Although the current sales numbers for the Telsa Model Y aren’t available to the public just yet, Car and Driver place their current estimates of Model Y sales at around 85,000 units. This number puts the Model Y fourth in total vehicle sales across America.

The only three vehicles with higher sales were the Ford F-Series, Chevy Silverado, and the Ram Pickup. For a fully electric vehicle to overcome so many other, more established vehicles for fourth place is unheard of, and it is a huge feat for Tesla and the EV marketplace in general.

What makes the Tesla Model Y appealing to so many consumers is the range, features, and affordability. The Model Y comes standard with all-wheel drive and an estimated range of 279 miles. The Model Y can be had for $49,990, and the long-range model, which brings the range up to 330 miles, is only $3,000 more expensive.

With vehicle prices increasing yearly, most families are paying around $40,000 to $50,000 for a quality car. With a Model Y, you get to experience the tech-savvy lifestyle behind the wheel of a Tesla without the supercar pricing. If you have been anywhere in America where EVs are commonplace within the last year, it is no surprise that the best-selling EV of 2023 so far is the Model Y.

The Tesla Model 3: 63,000 estimated units sold

If the current estimates are to be believed, the Tesla Model 3 is the 10th best-selling vehicle in America for the first quarter of 2023. The only sedan that beat the Model 3 in sales so far is the Toyota Camry. The Model 3 brings everything to the table for an EV shopper. The range of the Model 3 is right around 272 miles with a long-range version coming later this year.

This tech-savvy midsize sedan comes in at just over $41,000 before incentives, and depending on your state, you could be driving off the lot with a Model 3 for less than $30,000. The Model 3 does just about everything right when it comes to being an entry-level luxury EV.

For the future, it is exciting to see just how many more Tesla models will break into the top 10 in sales as we continue through the model year.


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