What’s in the 2021 Tesla Model Y Manual? Cost, Range, Interior and more

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Deliveries of the Tesla Model Y electric crossover have begun in the United States well ahead of schedule. It is available in three long-range models- RWD, AWD, and Performance, with prices starting at $48,000. A standard sub-40k model will come out in spring 2021!

As part of its release, Tesla has sent out 226-page owner manual with much of the expected information, and some changes from the Model 3.

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Given below are the major headlines in the manual. There’s no need to go into each and every detail, instead, I will quickly see through the pdf and highlight any information of interest.

  • Overview
  • Opening and closing
  • Seating and Safety
  • Driving
  • Autopilot
  • Touchscreen
  • Charging
  • Maintenance
  • Specification
  • Roadside assistance
  • Other information

Apart from the exterior and interior information, specs, dimension, and cargo space, things not in the owner’s manual like variants, cost, range, and delivery will also be present in this article! (Roadside assistance is one thing I wont be talking about)

Tesla Model Y Exterior and Interior

The Tesla Model Y shares many of its design and even interior with the Tesla Model 3. People who expected a completely different car, in true Tesla fashion, might have been disappointed.

As Tesla drops its ‘niche’ tag and goes mainstream, it will inevitably have to adopt strategies that mainstream manufacturers like Ford have done for years. One such process is streamlining their portfolio so that two or more cars can share similar underpinnings, design and even interior. Of course, with the Model 3 being as good as it is, and releasing the Cybertruck for those who want ‘unreal’, not many people are complaining yet!

The interior is clean, roomy and minimalist. I like the quality material used and certainly the better headroom- overall a nice place to be. The 15″ touchscreen infotainment is as ‘in-your-face’ as you would expect but it does have a lot of functionality (replacing knobs and buttons) and the people who buy a Tesla probably wants it there. As for me, I’d love if Tesla finds a way to retract the whole piece into the dashboard when I am not using it.

Motor, Performance and other specs

Rear motorAC permanent magnet synchronous motor, liquid-cooled, with variable frequency drive.
Front Motor (in AWD)AC induction motor, liquid-cooled, with variable frequency drive.
TransmissionSingle-speed fixed gear
Gearbox ratio9:1
Brake type4-wheel ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Integrated Advanced Stability Control and Electronic Accelerator pedal actuated regenerative braking system

The performance model (on 20″ performance wheels) can do 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds, attaining a top speed of 145 mph. If you opt for the Performance squared version (its not actually called that) the top speed increases to 155 mph. There are few other upgrades too, including 21″ uberturbine wheels.

The standard long-range model hits a nifty 145 mph, with 0-60 reaching in less than 4.8 seconds. Should you go for one motor less (subject to availability), top speed drops to 130 mph and 0-60 mph time to 5.5 seconds.

The standard model with 120 mph top speed and 5.9 second 0-60 time is more than most average crossover owner would ever need! All lower variants come with 18″ wheels as stock.

Dimensions, space and Towing

For its compact demeanor, the Tesla Model Y is adequately long, wide and has good interior space too. Cargo volume is 68 cu ft, but the car is not rated for towing!

Exterior Dimension

Length287 in
Width83.8 in
Height63.9 in
Wheelbase113.8 in
Ground clearance6.6 in

Interior Dimension and Cargo space

Headroom40 in front39.4 in rear
Legroom41.8 in front40.5 in rear
Cargo space68 cu ft

Range and battery

As per Tesla’s website, All the Long-Range Models are EPA-(est.)-rated 315 miles and above (the highest-end model though returns just 280 miles). This makes them the most efficient electric crossovers currently in production, and then some

The standard range model is expected to return similarly impressive numbers ( 250+ as we hear).


Rating33 amp hour or higher
Voltage and Polarity12V negative (-) ground
Nominal Voltage360V DC
Temperature rangeTemperatures above 140° F (60° C) or below -22° F (-30° C) for more than 24hours at a time is not advised
High Voltage

Variants, Cost and Delivery

By now you’ve all been introduced to the three long-range models and the one standard range model coming out in 2021. Deliveries of the RWD variant has already begun but since it is at least six months ahead of schedule, Tesla can take their time bringing out the rest (though they shouldn’t).

Cost of all these models and some of their options have been given below:

Tesla Model Y price with optional list

Long Range AWD$52,990
Long Range RWD$48,990
Standard Range RWD$39,990
7-seat optional$3,000
Autopilot+self-driving option$7,000
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