Gas-powered vehicles are not the raid anymore as almost everyone is driving an electric vehicle. The Tesla Model Y is one of the most popular choices. Let us look at some of the Tesla Model Y’s features.

The 2022 Tesla Model Y comes in two models; the Long Range and the Performance model, with the former having a base price of $64,440 and the latter $69,440. The interior of this Electric Vehicle is mainly taken out from the Tesla Model 3, which means there is a heavily tinted all-glass roof, a large infotainment screen centered on the dashboard, etc.

As a first-time or existing Electrical Vehicle driver, you may want to know more about your other options and whether the Tesla Model Y can retain its number one spot in engine power, driving range, capability, and design. Keep scrolling to find out more information.

Overview of the Tesla Model Y vs. Its Rivals

The Tesla Model Y is the best-selling Tesla EV and one of the most popular electrical crossovers in the world. Lately, there have been new Electrical Vehicles such as the Polestar 2, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and many others.

With these new competitions, there is that lingering question of whether the Tesla Model Y is still the best option for lovers of Electrical Vehicles. Luckily, this article will be answering that question by outlining its features and that of the other EVs written above.

Features of the Tesla Model Y

The 2022 Tesla Model Y is the second Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) from Tesla, designed to be a smaller version (in terms of technology and design) of the Tesla Model X.

It is somewhat seen as a lazy effort to rebuild and remodel the Tesla Model 3, and comes with a dual motor power train.

As written above, it comes in two models; the Long Range and Performance. The Long Range (all-wheel drive) offers 330 miles of driving range with a fuel economy rate of 131 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the city and 117 MPGe on the highway. It has a top speed of 135 mph paired with a single-speed automatic transmission.

On the other hand, the Performance model (all-wheel drive) offers a lower driving range of 303 miles but is accompanied by more features such as 20-inch wheels, quicker acceleration, a lowered suspension, a track mode, and a higher top speed of 155 mph. It is paired with a single-speed automatic transmission.

The Performance model can earn up to 115 MPGe in the city and 106 MPGe on the highway. The Tesla Model Y can charge up to 160 miles of range in 15 minutes by plugging it in at a Tesla Supercharger station and 30-40 miles of range in an hour when charged with a home-installed Tesla Wall Connector (240 volts).

Features of the 2023 Polestar 2

The 2023 Polestar 2 is an Electric Vehicle that comes in two different versions; the single motor and the dual motor, with the former having a base price of $49,800 and the latter, $53,300. This vehicle comes with impressive features such as a heat pump, spacious interior, and a performance upgrade that increases output by 68 horsepower.

There has been a software upgrade to the dual-motors of every Polestar 2 model, which adds 68 additional horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque. This gives a total output of 476 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. The dual-motor of the 2023 Polestar 2 offers 260 miles of driving range on a single charge and a combined fuel economy rate of 89 MPGe.

The single-motor version offers a better driving range of 270 miles on a single charge with a combined fuel economy rate of 107 MPGe. This vehicle accommodates a 75.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and Polestar claims that it does fast charging of up to 150 kilowatts and can charge a flat battery to 80 percent in 40 minutes.

Features of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Here is another competition in the Electronic Vehicle market; the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an electric compact crossover with an estimated driving range of over 300 miles, close to the Tesla Model Y.

It comes in seven different trims; SE Standard Range ($41,195), SE Long Range ($45,245), SEL Long Range ($47,495), SE Long Range AWD ($48,395), SEL Long Range AWD ($50,645), Limited Long Range ($52,345) and the Limited Long Range AWD ($55,745).

The 2022 Ioniq 5 comes with two electric-only powertrains. The first is a standard range battery with a single electric motor mounted on the rear and produces up to 168 horsepower. The second is a longer-range battery that produces up to 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque (which will propel the vehicle to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds).

The standard range battery has a combined fuel economy rate of 114 MPGe with a rear-wheel drive and 98 MPGe with an all-wheel drive. The longer-range battery has a combined fuel economy rate of 110 MPGe with a rear-wheel drive.

This EV comes with two battery options: the standard 58.0-kWh battery pack that is estimated to offer 220 miles of driving range and the bigger 77.4-kWh, which offers 303 miles (single motor) and 256 miles (dual motor). Ioniq offers a 350 kW charger to boost your battery from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes.

Features of the 2022 Kia EV6

The 2022 Kia EV6 is a fully electric Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) known for its stylish looks and roomy interior. It is the company’s first Electronic Vehicle and comes in five different trims; Light RWD ($42,155), Wind RWD ($48,255), and Wind AWD ($52,115), GT-Line RWD ($52,455), and GT-Line AWD ($57,115).

This vehicle is powered by a single electric motor positioned  on the rear axle and another electric motor positioned on both axles. You can pair them with rear and all-wheel drives – the latter comes with a large battery that produces either 320 or 576 horsepower.

The former comes with a smaller battery which produces up to 167 horsepower. When paired with a bigger battery, it has a total output of 225 horsepower.

All single motors of the EV6 have a combined fuel economy rate of up to 117 MPGe, and the dual motor is 105 MPGe.

Moving on to batteries, you have access to two battery sizes. The smaller and standard 58.0-kWh battery has an estimated driving range of 232 miles, and the larger 77.4-kWh battery has a rating of up to 310 miles.

Kia claims that the batteries can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes when plugged into a 350-kW charger (fast charging).


All Electronic Vehicles explained above are extremely capable and worth the hype with their impressive features, designs, and driving range. Now, back to the primary question, is the Tesla Model Y as good as its rivals, or even better?

Comparing all the above features, it is safe to say that all the EVs have similar ratings. Still, when it comes to driving range, it is apparent that the Tesla Model Y has that above most of its rivals, such as the Polestar 2, the Kia EV6, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

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