Is the Tesla Model Y Standard Range the Model Y America Needs?

Tesla is producing a Tesla Model Y Standard Range configuration. The Model Y electric SUV has experienced many affordability and availability issues. Is the Model Y Standard Range SUV the Model Y that America really needs?

Does America need a Tesla Model Y Standard Range?

A black 2022 Tesla Model Y electric SUV is parked and charging.
The 2022 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

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According to Electrek, the Tesla Model Y Standard Range starts at $59,990. It has 279 miles of driving range. The Model Y Standard Range can go from 0-60 miles per hour in as little as five seconds.

The Model Y Standard Range costs exactly $6,000 less than the Long Range trim before taxes and additional fees. It’s more affordable, but the Standard Range is also slower and has less range.

The Model Y Long Range has 39 more miles of driving range than the Standard Range. It goes from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds, so it isn’t much quicker. The Model Y Performance has just 24 more miles of driving range than the Standard Range, but it is much quicker. The Tesla Model Y Performance trim goes from 0-60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds.

The Tesla Model Y Standard Range is more affordable than other Model Y configurations, but that doesn’t make the electric SUV affordable by industry standards. If you view the Model Y as a luxury electric compact SUV, pricing makes sense. The main gripe that many consumers have with the Model Y is that its starting price was once just $39,990, like the popular Tesla Model 3 electric car. So, many Americans will be grateful that there’s now a more affordable Model Y, but its pricing still isn’t as attractive as it once was.

Is the Tesla Model Y a good electric vehicle?

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The Tesla Model Y was once the best electric SUV on the market. The Model Y and Model 3 dominated the electric SUV and electric sedan vehicle segments. The Model Y is a great electric vehicle, but the EV market is much more competitive than when the Model Y debuted.

Today, the Model Y has to compete with electric SUVs from Ford, Volkswagen, Hyundai, and many more automakers. The Volkswagen ID.4 has taken the Model Y’s throne in the European market. The Ford Mustang Mach-E was the best electric SUV of 2021. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 appears to be the best electric SUV of 2022. Competition is only getting stiffer as more automakers join the race to the electric future.

Should you buy a Tesla Model Y Standard Range?

A blue 2022 Tesla Model Y electric SUV is parked.
The 2022 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

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The Tesla Model Y Standard Range is the most accessible Model Y configuration that Tesla has released since the electric SUV’s price jumped up from $39,990 closer to $60K. It has more driving range than the current industry standard of 200-250 miles.

The Model Y Standard Range is also quick enough to keep driving interesting. The Model Y Standard Range appears to be the best Model Y trim for the average American driver. Car and Driver praises the Model Y’s practicality and standard tech.

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