- tesla has added a cheaper standard range model of the model y to its lineup with an epa estimated 244 miles of range.
- the rear-wheel-drive model y standard range starts at $43,190.
- a new seven-seat configuration is now available on the standard range and long range for $3000.
tesla's model y electric compact crossover has added a cheaper standard range model with an epa-estimated 244 miles of range, the lowest driving range of any tesla available, despite ceo elon musk tweeting in july that the model was dropped because of its sub-250-mile range. and it's still not the cheapest tesla you can buy. that is currently the model 3 standard range plus, which starts at $39,190 and has an estimated 263 miles of range. the model y standard range starts at $43,190 and is available to order now.
the model y crossover is based on the model 3 sedan, and it shares its chassis and interior. however when we tested a long range model y, we found that its ride was rougher and its handling wasn't as good as the model 3's. the model y is offered in two other versions: long range (epa-estimated 326-mile range) and performance (303-mile range), both dual-motor models with all-wheel drive. the newly introduced standard range model is rear-wheel drive.
tesla has also added a third-row option to the model y, announced at the crossover's launch last year, and it's available for $3000 on both standard range and long range models. on the model y, the option can be had with an all-black or black and white interior, and it adds two seats in the rear with third-row usb-c outlets, a sliding second row, and electronic flat folding releases in the trunk. we expect headroom to be fairly tight in the available third row, though its dimensions haven't been announced.