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The Tesla Model Y was once the most sought-after electric crossover in America. Now, the Model Y is taking a back seat to newer, more affordable electric SUVs. Here’s why the Tesla Model Y just keeps on getting more and more undesirable.

The Tesla Model Y is no longer affordable for the average American

There was a time when the base model was available for $39,990, like the Tesla Model 3 electric sedan. The Model Y’s price was closer to $33,000 after electric vehicle tax credits.

After years of producing expensive electric vehicles, it finally seemed like Tesla had turned a new leaf. Maybe the automaker had wisened up and realized that it should cast a wider net to further popularize the brand. Tesla seemed to be doing everything right when the Model Y and Model 3 were affordable.

Earlier in 2021, Tesla’s small electric SUV and sedan had a huge lead in electric vehicle sales. Though the two EVs may close out the year on top, next year could be a very different story. The Tesla Model Y experienced several price hikes (like other Tesla models). It became less and less affordable. Entry-level models have been sold out completely for quite some time.

The Tesla Model Y’s price now stands at $60,190. So much for affordable. The Model Y’s price seems egregious, especially when considering the prices of competitors like the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Tesla can’t keep up with Model Y Long Range demand

A red 2021 Tesla Model Y on the road.
2021 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

The Tesla Model Y Long Range delivery times are backed up until the last two business quarters of 2022. Tesla can’t keep up with demand for the Long Range trim, and buyers are sure to notice.

The Model Y is now more expensive and takes longer to be delivered after purchase in most cases. The brand’s constant price bumps and slow delivery times aren’t a good look for its reputation long term. Tesla is no stranger to controversy. The Model Y is falling from grace fast, and it doesn’t seem like the automaker is concerned with turning things around.

The future of Tesla’s small electric SUV depends on its price and availability

A red Tesla Model Y is parked.
The Tesla Model Y | Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB (Photo by Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Model Y was once one of the few electric SUVs on the market. Now, electric SUVs are coming from Japanese automakers like Toyota, Subaru, and Nissan. Ford’s Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is only growing in popularity.

If the EV is to remain a best-selling electric SUV model, its price and availability will eventually have to change. While Tesla models boast amazing range and technology, other automakers are finally beginning to catch up in electric vehicle production.

The rollout of new electric vehicles is bad news for Tesla and great news for consumers. We now have more EV options than ever before. Stiffer competition will mean more competitive prices (from most automakers). The Tesla Model Y is rapidly becoming more undesirable with every price bump and delivery time complaint. If the electric SUV wants to survive, Tesla must realize that it’s no longer the only game in town.


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