Tesla Model Y vs. Model X: What’s the Difference?

Tesla’s new crossover the Model Y has now been released. The Model X was introduced in 2016 so you may be wondering what’s the difference between the two?

Both are luxurious, electric-powered, high performing SUVs, but there are significant contrasts between them. Below we compare the two vehicles, focusing on price, size, motor power, range, features, safety, and seating room.

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The Model X is the much larger model at 198.3 inches long, 78.7 inches wide (excluding mirrors), and 66 inches tall. It is considered a mid-sized SUV. The Model X has 88 cubic feet of cargo room, depending on the seating configuration.

The Model X has seating for five with an available third-row with six or seven-seat configuration options. The seats also fold flat. The Model X is also unique among Teslas as the rear doors open in the distinctive falcon-wing style.

The Model Y is listed as having 66 cubic feet of cargo space, 1/3 less than the Model X. The Model Y’s exterior dimensions are 187 inches long, 83.8 inches wide including exterior mirrors, and 64 inches tall.

Model Y is about 10 percent bigger than the Model 3 sedan, which measures 184.8 inches long, 56.8 inches tall, and 72.8 inches wide without mirrors. The Model 3 shares its platform with the Model Y and the two models share about 75% of its parts.

The Model Y is larger in all the major exterior dimensions than the Jaguar I-PACE and slightly larger than the Ford Mach-E. It’s comparable in size to the Mercedes-Benz EQC.

The Model Y is larger than a Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, which are top competitors in the compact SUV class. However, the Model Y has a sloped rear to improve aerodynamics, which compromises cargo space.

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The Model X has two variants known as the Long Range and Performance packages. The Long Range variant has an MSRP of $84,990, while the Performance model’s MSRP is $104,990.

The Model Y’s price will range from $39,000 up to over $60,000 for the performance package.


According to Tesla, the Model Y is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 145 MPH.

The Model X’s Performance package can accelerate to 60 in 2.7 seconds, while the Long Range model requires 4.4 seconds. The Model X’s top speed is 155 MPH. Both models have available all-wheel drive.

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Range & Charging

Both vehicles sport an impressive range of over 300 miles, with the Model Y’s coming in at 315 miles. The Long Range Model X has a range of 351 miles, while the Performance version’s range is 305 miles.

As for the more recently released model, one benefit of the Model Y is that it comes equipped with a V3 fast charger, which on the Model 3 it can go from 5 to 90 percent charged in 37 minutes.


Both the Model X and Model Y have an autopilot feature to assist with certain driving tasks. Full self-driving capability is available on both models for an additional cost.

The standard wheel size on the Model X is 20 inches, while the performance version has 22-inch wheels. On the Model Y, wheels are 19 inches or 21 inches with the performance version.

The Model X comes with a 17-inch center touchscreen while the Model Y’s is 15 inches across.

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Both vehicles feature robust safety features, including sensors that detect potential hazards and visibility-boosting cameras. The Model X earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest rating possible.

Meanwhile, according to Tesla, the Model Y’s safety measures include a rigid body and large crumple zones. Its sibling, the Model 3, received the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Tesla states they engineered that vehicle to be the safest car ever built.


Both the Model X and Model Y come with a basic warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. The Battery & Drive Units are covered for 8 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Take Away

To sum it up, the Model Y is the bargain amongst the two Tesla crossover models. It is literally half the price of the Model X.

But if you need a larger crossover, have the near six-figure vehicle budget, and want more power and more range, the Model X is the superior choice.

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