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The Toyota RAV4 is usually the best-selling SUV in its segment. The RAV4 is the most popular SUV in the world, but the most popular EV is coming for its spot. One SUV is outselling the Toyota RAV4 despite being significantly more expensive. Before jumping on the best-selling SUV of 2023 (thus far), consumers should consider its low reliability score.

The best-selling SUV has its fair share of reliability issues

A red 2023 Tesla Model Y small electric SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

The Tesla Model Y is currently the best-selling SUV based on a list compiled by Car and Driver. The automotive publication ranked the 25 bestselling vehicles. Based on the list, the Model Y is currently outselling the Toyota RAV4.

The Tesla Model Y is making history in 2023 as it takes over the world. It’s currently the most popular electric vehicle, replacing its sibling, the Model 3 electric sedan. Tesla’s small electric SUV just got much more affordable in the United States following the reintroduction of the base model.

Tesla’s small electric SUV has the potential to become the most ubiquitous electric vehicle in the world in the years to come. That being said, it has experienced its fair share of reliability issues, so some drivers may be hesitant to get one.

According to InsideEVs, the Model Y’s cruise control system can cause the vehicle to brake abruptly. This advanced cruise control system has become incredibly controversial, even resulting in a lawsuit over the vehicle’s true capabilities. Aside from the SUV’s supposed ‘self-driving’ issues, InsideEVs also claims that the EV has quality issues as well. Furthermore, Business Insider asserts that the Model Y’s battery is at risk of being rendered useless in the event of a minor collision.

Is the Tesla Model Y reliable?

A black 2023 Tesla Model Y small electric SUV is parked.
The 2023 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

Consumer Reports gave the Model Y a low predicted reliability score. The 2023 model year has been recalled four times by the national highway and traffic safety administration. Since it has encountered several reliability issues, it’s tough to call the EV dependable.

The 2023 Tesla Model Y has a great value proposition

Despite the electric SUV’s reliability issues, it has captured the attention of plenty of consumers. Its recent North American price drop makes its value proposition even more appealing in the eyes of many drivers.

The 2023 Tesla Model Y starts at $47,240. It has a top speed of 135 miles per hour. The electric vehicle can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 5.0 seconds. Tesla’s small electric SUV has an estimated driving range of 279 miles.

Tesla’s best-selling electric vehicle has quick acceleration and incredible driving range. Its performance specs make it exciting to drive and own. Toyota’s small SUV may have consistently outsold rivals in previous years, but Tesla’s EV poses a real threat to the RAV4. Will 2023 be the year that the Toyota RAV4 is dethroned?

If the Tesla Model Y does outsell the Toyota RAV4 in 2023, it will be a huge statement for the company, and the EV space in general. Will the Model Y continue to make history in 2023, or is the world still not prepared for the mass adoption of EVs?


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