The Model Y compact crossover might not be the best Tesla, but it’s the one that best advances Elon Musk’s goal of the mass adoption of electric vehicles.
With a sporty crossover profile that’s all the rage, strong performance, plenty of range, and an advanced but simplified interface, the Model Y is so convincing that it might set back one of Musk’s other goals—colonizing Mars.
Starting at $51,190 for the Long Range model with all-wheel drive, the 2020 Tesla Model Y undercuts the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace, and offers a whole lot more performance than the smaller, marginalized Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf.
Based off the Model 3 sedan, currently the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, the Model Y compact crossover sports the humpback shape of the larger Model X three-row SUV. A real swell looker it is not. The tester had some body panel gaps you don’t…