Tesla Model Y Reviewed on the Track by Motortrend

After being unable to comprehensively review the Tesla Model Y upon its release due to the ongoing pandemic, the folks at MotorTrend finally got their hands on a Tesla Model Y Dual-Motor Long Range All-Wheel Drive and put it to the test.

The Model Y is available in four different variants — the Standard Range, Long Range, Long Range with Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance. Built for, well, performance, the Performance variant is the fastest of the batch, going 0-60 MPH in a slick 3.7 seconds.

In MotorTrend’s initial test, the Dual-Motor Long Range went 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. However, during the network’s latest, more comprehensive experience with the vehicle, it clocked in at just 4.1 seconds. This could be attributed to the optional acceleration boost that’s available for purchase, which could have already been bought and installed on the unit they tested.

The Model Y’s acceleration is a measly 0.1 seconds slower than the Jaguar I-Pace, a full 1 second faster than the Audi e-Tron, and exactly the same as the Chevrolet Camaro SS (an actual muscle sports car!), all of which happen to be significantly more expensive.

The Model Y was found to be capable of finishing a quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 114.8 MPH. In addition, the vehicle’s braking distance from 60 MPH was found to be 118 feet.

The team reported the Tesla’s drive as being uneasily stiff when there’s only one person in it — you get a fair bit of physical feedback while sat in the car, and there’s noticeable road noise as well even though the car itself runs exceptionally quiet.

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MotorTrend also had some concerns over structural inconsistencies resulting from Tesla’s focus on getting cars assembled and out of the production facility lightning fast. The lack of quality control and consistency in assembly have even resulted in some (potentially) dangerous incidents.

At a base price of $51,190, however, MotorTrend found no other vehicles that even come close to what the Tesla Model Y Dual-Motor Long Range AWD brings to the table.