The Tesla Model 3 took the automotive industry by storm when it arrived as a 2017 model. This compact luxury sports sedan brought the magic of the company’s larger, pricier Model S to the masses — it’s a stylish, speedy, fully electric car that can travel hundreds of miles per charge and yet is now available for less than $40,000. Tesla continues to prove that electric cars can be not only easy to live with, but also desirable for more than their eco-friendly credentials.
This appealing combination helped the Model 3 buck an industrywide shift away from four-door sedans in favor of higher, roomier crossover suvs. Last year, the Model 3 outsold every other luxury-brand vehicle in the U.S. — even those vaunted crossovers. But this year, Tesla began selling a new model that follows the trend toward higher and roomier: the 2020 Tesla Model Y crossover, which currently starts at $52,990. For this review, we borrowed a Model Y from a generous owner: Philip Garner, president of skincare company Garner’s Garden and a first-time EV customer. Here’s what we found.