A lot has changed in the world of EVs since the Tesla Model Y was introduced to the world in 2019 for the 2020 model year. Global pandemics and wars aside, the EV autoverse has expanded exponentially in a very short time, with more choices on the market than ever before. But even with stiffer competition, the latest version of the Model Y is ready to take on all challengers.

In the name of range, we opted to focus on the Long Range variant of the Model Y, but it is worth noting that for 2024, the Model Y is available in three versions: Standard Range, Long Range, and Performance. Power comes from Tesla’s famed dual-motor setup consisting of one permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor at the rear and one AC induction motor up front. As with most EVs, the Model Y’s power is funneled through a one-speed transmission, with all wheels driving at the same time. The combined power output of those motors working together comes to 384 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, powered by an 80.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

With its dual electric motor setup on both axles, the Tesla Model Y delivers standard all-wheel-drive capabilities. This system distributes available electric horsepower to all four wheels to respond to changing road conditions and weight transfers with maximum torque. This capability makes the Model Y a confident choice for tackling harsh weather conditions or rough road surfaces with ease.

The Long Range’s range is the best the Model Y has to offer, coming in at 310 miles. This figure, while impressive, is actually down from the Tesla’s previous claim of 330 miles. It seems that quite a few unhappy Tesla owners have raised enough of a stink about the original claims from Team Elon, so much so that the company finally acquiesced and lowered the advertised range.

The Model Y is a raised-up SUV version of the Model 3, and as such, it loses some of the sportiness of its lower and lighter sibling. Yet, despite not being the Performance variant, and having to haul 4,337 pounds, the Model Y Long Range still manages to get up and go with alacrity. Tesla tells us that the Long Range Model Y can run from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and through the quarter mile in a scant 12.7 seconds at 114 mph with a governor-limited top speed of 136 mph.

As with all Teslas, the Model Y comes with a plethora of safety and tech features. Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control with lane-centering. The Model Y also comes with the controversial Full Self-Driving feature, which recently caused a recall of more than two million cars due to its questionable Autosteer functionality.

Despite its somewhat polarizing aesthetics, the Model Y seems to be getting slightly more streamlined, or perhaps we’re just getting more accustomed to it. In either case, the Long Range comes in with an MSRP right between the Standard Range and the Performance models. With a base price of just over $52,000, the Model Y is relatively affordable in relation to other EVs on the market, and even qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax credit, knocking its price down to an even more reasonable level. So, even with all the new competitors coming for Tesla’s crown, the Model Y remains a formidable opponent for any carmaker, electric or otherwise.

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