Tesla Model 3 vs Model Y: Which One Should You Buy?

We break down the differences between these two so that you can buy your Dream car No. 1

Tesla is all over the world nowadays with Elon Musk (CEO, Tesla) recently becoming the world’s richest man. So having a Tesla car nowadays is like a dream come true and to fulfill your dreams Tesla has launched 2 cars named Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y.

Tesla Model 3 vs Model Y


Tesla Model 3 vs Model Y: In-depth Comparison

In this article, We will help you figure out which one is the best between Tesla Model 3 vs Model Y.

Track Mode?

If Track mode is a must-have for you, then Model 3 is your only choice as Model Y lacks track mode. Also, there is no plan to introduce Track mode for Model Y according to Tesla’s representative. 

Ya, so no need to wait and go for Model 3 if Track Mode is a deal-breaking part for you.

SUV or Sedan?

Model Y is an SUV or you can also call it a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) when observing it from side and rear. Whereas Model 3 is a typical Sedan car.

So if you are looking for an SUV Model Y is your car and if looking for Sedan Model 3 is what you should buy.

Tesla Model 3 vs Model Y


“The Model Y is basically a Model 3 hatchback…” That was my first impression when I saw Model Y in real life. It looks like a chubbier Model 3, which makes it a little cute to my eyes. The Model Y is based on the Model 3 and shares 75% of the parts, according to Tesla. So similar that you have to look at both head-on, to see which one is taller as Model Y is 7inches taller than Model 3. 

The Model Y has an overall egg shape, similar to another bigger Tesla, the Model X. The Model 3 distinguishes itself noticeably with chrome trim on the door handles, front fender side camera, and surrounding the greenhouse. These are all black on the Model Y with additional black wheel arches. For dark lovers, Model Y also comes with a way darker rear windows and rear windshield than those on Model 3. So, just enjoy your privacy time in Model Y. 

Dimension wise, the Model Y is 2.2 inches longer, 2.8 inches wider, and at least 6.5 inches taller; it also has 1.1 inches more ground clearance.

So, if looking at exterior only Model Y is a clear winner.


Model Y and Model 3 share the same minimalist interior layout. Both the cars lack a speedometer in front of the steering wheel. For every bit of driving information, you have to rely on a 15.0-inch center touchscreen fitted horizontally.

Tesla Model 3 vs Model Y

Both cars have the exact same layout with four USB ports (two for front seaters and two for rear seaters).

The Model Y has a slight advantage as it comes with a wireless charging pad in the phone docking area which is missing in Model3.

Another advantage of Model Y is that it comes with 3 USB-C port and 1 USB-A whereas Model 3 still comes with all 4 USB-A port.

So the music streaming time increases and charging time decreases in Model Y.

Seating Capacity?

Model 3 and Model Y both are 5 seater cars having 2 rows. Model 3 has a higher seating position and more interior space. Both are about the same in the front. The second row is where you see a noticeable difference. The Model Y has 1.7 inches more headroom and a vast 5.3 inches of legroom compared to the Model 3.

Also, Model Y can be turned into 7 seaters by adding a third row of seats at $3000 extra.

Cargo Space?

According to the owner’s manuals from both EVs, the Model 3 has 15 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Model Y can swallow 68 cubes of total cargo space. However, the Model 3 with rear seats has almost comparable cargo capacity, not as bad as those numbers from the owner’s manuals suggest.

Tesla Model 3 vs Model Y

That being said, thanks to the taller doors, higher height, and hatchback layout, loading stuff into the Model Y is an easier task than doing the same to the Model 3

Driving Comfort?

In terms of driving performance, the Model 3 and Model Y drive very similarly. The extra 344 pounds from the chubbier Model Y is only noticeable pushing on curvy roads.

But even then, the most noticeable difference comes from the higher SUV seating position where the driver can feel lean and swing slightly more. And given that they share the same powertrain, you get the same instantaneous Tesla experience in day-to-day driving.

So Model Y has slightly better experience in driving comfort also.


The Model 3 goes 0-60 in 3.2 seconds for thousands of dollars less than the Model Y (which is a plodding 3.5 seconds by comparison).

Battery range?

—Model Y: 316 miles (EPA estimate)

—Model 3: 250 miles


2020 Tesla Model Y Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Long Range: base price: $49,990* (cheapest version currently available / price as shown on Tesla’s website)

2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus base price: $37,990 (cheapest model)

Sleeping Comfort?

Just like the Driving comfort people nowadays seek Sleeping comfort too as their car is like their second home when they have been thrown out of the house or when they are stuck in a traffic jam or want to see the sky view while lying with their partner. Both the cars provide an unforgettable sleeping experience but the Model Y seems to be a star higher than Model 3 because it is a lot easier to move around in there.

Tesla Model 3 vs Model Y


Still, Confused?

Back to the original question, which one should you buy? Model Y outperforms Model 3 in most of the departments as you have seen above also. Unless you hate a higher seating position or cannot have a taller vehicle or are on a tight budget, go with the Model Y. It offers almost everything the Model 3 can provide along with more usable space and utility. Not to mention you can lie down in the back to snuggle with the person you like while viewing the sky through the seamless panoramic glass roof. 

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