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Test Results and Rankings:
The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place SUV/Minivan & Overall

2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Electric
 overall score
Category Ranking: 1
Vehicle Price
Base Price: $41,000
Price as Tested: $53,190
Fuel Information
Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 4 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 31.6 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 80 % in 27 minutes
EPA City MPGe127
EPA Highway MPGe114
EPA Combined MPGe121
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 316
Advanced Safety Features
Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
Advanced Headlights [S]
Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
Blind-Spot Warning [S]
Forward-Collision Warning [S]
Lane-Departure Warning [S]
Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
[S] Standard, [O] Optional
NHTSA Rating:
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Overall Observations
Being a pioneer in the EV industry is a high-risk, high-reward proposition, especially if your cars are on the pricey side. So it makes sense for Tesla to establish itself in the red-hot compact SUV segment. Enter the Model Y. Introduced for 2020, it's essentially an SUV version of the successful Model 3 sedan. It's a sharp-looking car-it looks like it's moving even when it's standing still. And, like the Model 3, the Y has class-leading EV range (more than 300 miles) and lots of advanced technology. It drives like a sports car, with instant acceleration and quick steering, but the ride is stiff. The interior is clean and minimalist, dominated by a huge center screen that handles most vehicle functions-and is potentially distracting to use while the vehicle is in motion. The backseat offers passengers more room than the Model 3's. But the Model Y — as is true with many Teslas — is beset with build-quality problems (but not with its electric powertrains). Our test car had misaligned body panels and a trunk lid that wouldn't open properly. Our experiences weren't unique, either — among automakers, Tesla came in last in a recent J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey for this reason. Despite these challenges, Tesla still maintains a loyal following and ranked high in our performance testing.
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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong Points
  • Smooth, quick acceleration
  • Excellent handling
  • Good EV range
Weak Points
  • Build quality not on a par with legacy automakers
  • Infotainment system can be distracting to use while driving
  • Harsh ride quality
Vehicle Specifications
Model year tested: 2020
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4400.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 187.0 / 75.6 / 63.9
Wheelbase (in): 113.8
Number of air bags: 8
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Continental ProContact
Front and rear tire size: 255/45 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): 3500
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: Permanent Magnet
Electric motor horsepower: 484
Test Data
Test Vehicle Scores
Advanced Safety Features: 8.75
Fuel Efficiency: 10.00
EPA Emissions Score: 10.00
Acceleration: 9.31
Braking: 6.82
Crashworthiness: 4.93
Handling: 7.77
Ride Quality: 6.62
Interior Size: 5.45
Easy of Entry and Exit: 6.95
Visibility: 6.46
Interior Noise: 6.50
Cargo Capacity: 2.65
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 80/72
Price as Tested:  $84,276
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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Small
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Vehicle Type:  Small
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 127/108
Price as Tested:  $43,735
 out of 130
2020 BMW X3 XDrive30e
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 21/27
Price as Tested:  $65,020
 out of 130
2020 Volvo S90 T8 E-AWD R-Design
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Large
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Vehicle Type:  Large
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 28/31
Price as Tested:  $73,840
 out of 130
2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place SUV/Minivan
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 127/114
Price as Tested:  $53,190
 out of 130
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