Here are 17 things a Tesla Model Y owner learned in the past 12 hours, presented by Torque News’ Armen Hareyan. Hareyan shares the story of a user named Silversmith from Utah who recently joined Tesla Owners Club and is the new owner of a Tesla Model Y.
Silversmith’s Model Y is a sleek new beautiful midnight silver Model Y that reflected the Tesla logo on the wall of his garage as if it were a mirror instead of a car. You can view it here. Hareyan explains in his video that Silversmith was a bit worried when he got the notification to pick up his Model Y. He thought it was a mistake and that when he got to the Tesla delivery center it wouldn’t be there.
Silversmith didn’t need to worry, though, because his Model Y was ready for him. Silversmith learned quite a bit in the past few hours while exploring his Model Y.
- There is no HomeLink (garage door opener), which his Model 3 AWD has. It appears this comes at an extra cost if desired.
- There is no hatchback shelf, and not even a spot to add one. That’s a surprise.
- The wheels on the Model Y are taller and wider than the non-Performance Model Y’s wheels. This is one reason why, as Elon just confirmed, the Model Y Performance eats up more range than the non-Performance Model Y.
- The driver’s seat is 3½ inches taller than the Model 3’s.
- There’s no receiver hitch for towing included, but there is a spot for one to be added later.
- “There is wireless charging for two phones. Not as nice as the aftermarket one I have on my Model 3, but nice not to have to pay for it as an add-on.”
- “There is a single USB C port under the charging pad that supplies the power as well as standard USB for a USB flash stick for Sentry dashcam.”
- Model Y rear seats (in 5 seat configuration) have six levels of recline.
- Model Y rear seats (in 5 seat configuration) are also fully powered for releasing and have two buttons in the trunk for remote releasing.
- The middle seat of the Tesla Model Y is able to separate from the drive with a latch that is located behind the middle seat.
- The power liftgate opens from the outside. It closes with the push of a button on the liftgate.
- The Model Y’s trunk is huge and has two underbins. One is shallow, but still pretty useful. (See this article and this article for views of the trunk and frunk.)
- Compartments on the sides of the trunk are deep enough for storing small items that would roll around otherwise.
- The second-row seat is the same width as the Model 3’s (51 inches).
- There is a significant blue tinge to the paint in comparison with their Model 3 of the same color.
- Model Y panel gaps are better than the Model 3’s, based on this one family’s case.
- The Tesla Model Y seems quieter than their Model 3 — but it is a brand new vehicle; Model 3 also got better soundproofing toward the end of 2019.
Silversmith, who ordered his Model Y in January 2020, was shocked when he got his delivery so fast. He did order the Performance version fully loaded with the exception of the white interior and third-row seating. That must have helped. In any case, it’s great to see Model Ys being delivered into the hands of happy new Tesla owners.
See other recent Model Y stories for more fresh info: