[Oeva-list] Model Y test drive

Karl Boekelheide Karl at Boekelheide.com
Mon Jun 22 13:29:42 PDT 2020

Nice review Alan.

For my two cents I personally disagree that the Leaf drives better.  That’s just personal preference, I guess.  I have: a 2011 Leaf with 142,000 miles; a March 2020 performance Y with 1,500 miles; and a March 2018 RWD 3 with 41,000 miles.  I think the 3 is the best of them.  I’ve done lots of miles in the Leaf and 3; not so many in the Y yet because of the CoVid thing.

The Y is a nice hauling vehicle with lots of space inside but the 3 drives better and looks better to me. I’ve named the Y Pudgy because that’s how it looks to me. I particularly resent giving up over 10% of my range for the performance option.  That seems not to be feature of the performance 3 and make no sense to me. The Y is advertised at 315. The performance model I got is 280 (and dropping.)   I bought the 3 sight unseen because I wanted one early.  I was not disappointed in any way.  Tesla seemed to have made every choice in the best way possible for me.  I also bought the Y sight unseen and got a very early one.  If I had gotten it first I would probably not be at all disappointed.  For me it’s a step down from the 3.

If you want an SUV, I’d get the normal, non-performance, version.  Yes it’s fun to launch like a rocket but I’d rather go another 35 miles per charge.  If you want the coolest car out there, my money is on the performance 3.

Karl, OEVA

> On Jun 22, 2020, at 12:50 PM, Eric Cha <themastercha at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the nice review Alan.  :)
> Eric
> 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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