[Oeva-list] Model Y test drive

Eric Cha themastercha at gmail.com
Mon Jun 22 12:50:42 PDT 2020

Thanks for the nice review Alan.  :)


On 6/20/2020 8:15 PM, Alan Batie wrote:
> Just got back from Portland and test driving a Tesla Model Y.  The 
> short of it was yes!  I can easily get in/out of it, even in the back 
> seat. The back seats fold to make a flat cargo area and the rear hatch 
> is a proper hatch.  As the Tesla guy put so well, "this is what the 
> Model 3 should have been".
> It had the "full self-driving autopilot" too; ironically it was bad 
> enough that if I get a Y, I will probably go ahead and get the self 
> driving feature - if it's not going to be perfect, I want it to be bad 
> enough to keep me paying attention.  It definitely has a ways to go, 
> with such things as stopping for "traffic control" even when it could 
> tell the light was green and not red, and when you're not navigating, 
> but still on full autopilot, you can use the turn signal to tell it to 
> change lanes, but not to take an exit.
> I do like the way the Leaf drives better, but there are a number of 
> things you can tweak in the Tesla, and regardless, I'm sure I'd get 
> used to it quickly - it wasn't bad.  And the center console is much 
> better than I expected as well - I'd still rather have some of the 
> info right in front of me, but I'm definitely spoiled by the size of 
> the map and the clean display of the info you need. It was also cool 
> to have it showing icons of the vehicles around me, even 
> distinguishing motorcycles from cars, and a couple of different kinds 
> of car icons.  It also distinguished pedestrians in the parking lot at 
> the Tesla store, though not as quickly as I would have liked.
> Pluses:
> + ease of getting in/out
> + cargo area
> + big display
> + basic "autopilot" is a decent active cruise control
> + user interface is pretty easy to navigate
> + adjusting steering wheel and mirrors with little scroll wheels is 
> really nice
> + navigation system didn't tell me to stay on I-5 when going past some 
> of the interchanges that the Leaf does - I want to know where the next 
> turn is, not where I don't need to do anything (a pet peeve with most 
> nav systems)
> Minuses:
> - dark rearview mirror
> - tiny view out the back
> - lots of things to learn in the user interface (e.g. didn't notice 
> where the hvac controls were, though I wasn't looking for them either 
> - but still, didn't run across them)
> - it wasn't obvious how to configure waypoints in the nav system, only 
> a single destination
> - price ;-)
> I still need to check out the RAV4 Prime when it comes out, but I've 
> gone from 90% RAV4 to 50%... (when I replace the Leaf when the lease 
> runs out next spring...if I can wait that long ;-) )
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