Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.

Model Y - Hands On

So I haven't a clue how I was chosen to receive our Model Y today, and I was expecting them to say that there was a mistake when I arrive at the SLC, UT Tesla showroom. We circled around the lot in our 2018 Model 3 and saw no Model Y's at all! We walk in and tell them that we are expecting to pickup our Model Y and tell them our names. They were expecting us and had everything ready to go. Car was in a bay, cleaned and ready for us. We hand them the check, show insurance evidence, sign about 7 papers and we are allowed to start setting up our phone keys and drive away. We were asked to sign a media waiver and have our picture taken with the delivery guy (maybe he was a manager).

Now what is interesting is that we only ordered our car in January, 2020. It was a Midnight Silver Metallic, fully loaded with the exception of the white interior and third row seating. So Performance, Tubertine wheels, black interior, full self driving.

What I have learned in the last 12 hours:
  • There is no HomeLink (our M3 AWD has this included). I think you have to order it for $300 and have it physically installed.
  • There is no hatchback shelf, nor a place that you could add one later.
  • The wheels are different sizes on the front/back (wide ones, so this explains why the upgraded wheels take so much of our range, they aren't only 21", but also taller and wider).
  • The seats are 3.5" taller than the M3 (drivers seat).
  • There is no hidden receiver hitch included, but a spot we will be able to add one later.
  • There is wireless charging for two phones. Not as nice as the after market one I have on my M3, but nice to not have to pay for it as an addon.
  • There is a single USB C port under the charging pad that supplies the power. As well as a standard USB for a USB flash stick for Sentry/Dashcam.
  • The rear seat has 6 levels of recline, they are small increments and give you a decent amount.
  • Reat seats are fully powered for releasing, and has two buttons in the trunk to do it remotely. And even the ones on top of the seats are powered.
  • Middle seat can separate from the drive with a latch behind the middle seat. A post sticks out, which is interesting.
  • Power lift gate is fairly basic, opens from the outside like the M3 does. Closes with a button on the lift gate.
  • Trunk is huge, with two under bins. One is very shallow though, but still useful.
  • Compartments on the sides of the trunk are deep and nice for keeping things from rolling around.
  • Second row seat is the same width as the M3 (51 1/4").
  • There is a significant blue tint to the paint (compared to our M3 of the same color).
  • Panel gaps seem really good, better than our M3.
  • It seems quieter, but then it is a brand new vehicle (compared to our M3).

I will add all of my pictures showing these details. I am happy to add in more photos of anything that doesn't require disassembly.



  • MY_Delivery.jpg
    463.1 KB · Views: 12,399
Last edited by a moderator:


Well-Known Member
Aug 27, 2018
Congrats on Model Y.

How is firmness of ride compared to Model 3?

BTW, I’m not knocking the Model Y but I just have this feeling it’s not going to outsell all other models as predicted. My guess is like 20% of sales will be Y.

OP is a perfect example he ordered in Jan and already go the car. Barely any back log.

The chatter on the Forums is nothing like what it was before Model 3 launch.

I think, for a CUV it’s still to expensive for average folks. What partly made a Model 3 a hit is it’s a “sports car” in reach for many younger folks. And the “first” affordable Tesla. CUV crowd are more practical and small families starting out. The Y is not the first affordable and it’s more than the 3.

No Tax break. Mentally it helped move the Model 3. Even though out of pocket today is the same or cheaper.

We’ll see, I could be wrong.

Fishy Fish

Jul 7, 2019
I'd be interested to know the length of the cargo area with the seats down. From the inside of the tailgate to the drivers seat when it's all the way back positioned normally for a tall driver, and as well from the tailgate to the rear of the passenger seat pushed all the way forward and tilted all the way forward.

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.