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

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Last Updated on March 5, 2024 by Rose Morah

Torn between a Model 3 or Model Y?

If you are wondering which Tesla Model is better or which one should you buy, this article is going to break it down and help you figure it out.

Having owned both Models, the article is going to be based on our own experiences.

Which Tesla Model should you buy?

It depends on a personal preference. But to help you make a decision, we are going to take look at the types of buyers who should own each of the two models.

Type of buyers who should own a Model Y

  1. Buyers who need more cargo space

If you carry more stuff in your car or generally need more cargo space, Model Y would be the best option for you.

That’s because compared to Model 3, it does carry a lot more stuff due to its amazing cargo space.

  1. Buyers who frequently go on long road trips, camping trips, or enjoy doing outdoor activities

From experience, Model Y is a better road trip companion because it is more practical compared to Model 3. 

That’s because you get extra headroom and better visibility compared to the Model 3. Model Y’s ride height is also higher compared to model 3, thus giving you a better view of the road.

Additionally, the rear seats of the Model Y tend to be very comfortable compared to the Model 3.

Other than that, it is great especially if you will be carrying more stuff and if you’re not traveling alone.

That’s because it is really great for car camping as it allows you to carry more gear on your trips.

Take Away
Model Y is a great car if you always have family and friends tagging along.

See Tesla Camping Sites: Where to Find Tesla Camping Locations.

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  1. Buyers who would like a car that is easier to get in and out

One thing I hate about the Model 3 is getting in and out of the car. That’s because the seats are in a lower position which makes it uncomfortable to get in and out.

On the other hand, Model Y is very comfortable to get in and out because the seats are higher.

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Type of buyers who should own a Model 3

  1. Buyers who care more about acceleration and performance

When it comes to acceleration and performance, I would definitely not trade a Model 3 Performance for a Model Y.

That’s because the Model 3 is noticeably quicker, more nimble, and fun to drive. It is more sporty, in other words.

Therefore, I would recommend the Model 3 to buyers who are sports car enthusiasts or want a car that is more fun to drive.

Some buyers also find Model Y fun to drive because it’s faster than any ICE car they have ever driven in their life.

This means you will have no reason for more horsepower in the Model 3 Performance.

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How To Transfer Tesla Ownership (Common Transfer Issues).

  1. Buyers looking for better ride comfort

From personal experience, Model Y has a rougher and really hard suspension and a significant body roll compared to Model 3. 

However, the newer Model Y may have an upgraded suspension system, which would improve ride comfort.

This is something you need to be aware of if you plan on buying a used Tesla.

If ride comfort is what you are looking for in the Tesla, I highly recommend doing some more research on the Model Y’s suspension for newer models before buying. 

Final word

If you care more about getting additional space, better visibility, and higher ride height, Tesla Model Y would be your best choice. 

However, if you are more into acceleration and performance, Model 3 Performance will be the best choice for you.