There are all valid points. I'd be hard pressed to find a CUV/SUV that handled as well as a performance-oriented sedan, regardless of the type of vehicle.Not as pleasing to drive as the Model 3 sedan, questionable build quality, high starting price.
The all-wheel drive Long Range offers 316 miles of range...
The Model Y that we tested was a Long Range model with all-wheel drive, and over our 200-mile highway fuel economy test route we recorded just 94 MPGe and an estimated highway driving range of 220 miles.
- Car & Driver
The Tesla's ride is too stiff and very choppy. Bumps and ruts hit hard, making passengers feel every road imperfection, and the ride motions are short and quick, which makes the car feel nervous.
- Consumer Reports
Just cruising around, we found the Model Y to have a pretty firm ride, like something from BMW's M division. That might be a bit too busy and jolty for some folks. Interior noise is at best so-so (even given the lack of a gasoline engine to drown out the outside world).
- Motor Trend
Like any vehicle, depending on how you drive it will determine the efficiency. If I drive my Subaru in sport mode, I'm under 20 mpg. If I drive very gently, I can push close to 30. I'm sure this is also amplified by the electrical motors of the Tesla. Highways are not kind of EV's - especially above 70 mph... the energy required to move the vehicle through the air is a squared relationship. This also is exacerbated by the fact that gasoline has more potential energy in it compared to a battery's potential energy (meaning a full tank of gas has more PE than a full charge of Lithium-Ion type chemistry)
I've heard the ride is stiff on performance models. I haven't really heard this complaint on the regular LR model with the stock 19" Gemini wheels. I could see if someone upgraded to the 20" induction or 21" Uberturbine wheels with the tiny sidewalls that they'd feel every imperfection.
Again, all valid arguments which just necessitates the need to test drive everything before buying.
Thanks for sharing.