I decided to go ahead and replace my Tesla Model 3 with a Model Y – both are Performance versions but with the standard wheels and suspension for added clearance. I’ll miss the Model 3 – the Model Y doesn’t feel quite the same, not quite like it’s on rails but I was just too tempted by the additional cargo space of the Y for easier loading of our bikes and other bulky items. Plus the Y has a tow hitch at bumper level, as opposed to the aftermarket hitches for the 3 which tuck under the bumper.
So, besides the obvious additional rear cargo space, the rear under floor and side pocket space and the frunk are all also larger. There’s extra room in the rear seats and easier entry/exit all around due to the higher seating arrangement. The Model 3 is of course more aerodynamic but the Model Y now has a heat pump and an inventive valve system to direct heat to/from the motor, battery or cabin as needed. This gives the Model Y very similar range as compared to the Model 3 despite being larger, at least until this heat pump/valve system is carried over to the Model 3. Update: Yup, as of late 2020, along with some other changes and additions, the late-2020 Model 3 has gained added range from the new heat pump system.