thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. yep, Ive read that the double pane did not help nor the extra seal kits. was previously determined to get the model X for the more storage space and the air ride suspension. However the Test ride on the X exhibited the same cabin noise. most of the test ride was consumed with looking for the poorly marked off different drop off spot in a crowded shopping area Woodlands mall Texas. In the end I just can't bring myself to spend that much on a car.Prior to my MY (took delivery in March), I drove a Lexus GS 350 F-sport and my wife's car is a Toyota Highlander. Definitely night and day difference: the MY is absolutely a rough ride (rough enough that my wife and kids yelp any time we drive over rough roads, which they didn't do in the Lexus or Highlander).
I've read that Model Y has gotten double-pane windows since last year so you might notice less noise if you test-drive again. FWIW I think cabin noise is pretty minimal, save for wind noise at highway speeds. Noise when passing cars/semis doesn't sound bad to me; the only noise I usually notice is my out-loud laughter when I floor it and virtually teleport to an open spot in the next lane
Also: absolutely recommend test-driving twice, which I did—the 2nd time was when I really learned about its acceleration and ride handling. 1st time my wife was with me, so we spent some time learning how the screen works and drove over well-paved roads. The 2nd time I went alone; I intentionally drove over railroad tracks and on rough, beat-up roads. I realized that the handling was rough, but loved the acceleration and cornering.
All in all, comparing a Tesla to anything else really is like comparing apples and oranges: Tesla prioritizes acceleration, sports-car handling and their Silicon-Valley approach to the car's interface over mountains of buttons, plushy ride and post-delivery customer service.
Thank you for your response and comparison. Did you get a whole day for the test drive?I have a 2012 RX 450h and maybe it's because my car is old but I feel like it is pretty noisy (I am constantly checking to make sure the windows are rolled up) and has a pretty rough ride. When I drove a Model Y for a day I didn't really feel like the noise and ride were that different. I am hopefully going to buy a Y when our local service center opens but will test drive again before buying.