Tesla Model Y RWD 2023: A 6-Month, 6,000-Mile In-Depth Review

Tesla Model Y RWD 2023: A 6-Month, 6,000-Mile In-Depth Review


After six months and 6,000 miles of driving my Tesla Model Y RWD 2023, I can confidently provide an in-depth review of this remarkable electric vehicle. During this time, I have charged at home around 90% of the time, and my experiences with Superchargers have been nothing short of impressive. I wholeheartedly recommend a Tesla to anyone, but I do suggest having a properly installed home charger for effortless overnight charging. Here's a comprehensive review of the Tesla Model Y RWD 2023, highlighting its pros and cons.

Note: this is my first Tesla and 2nd electric vehicle. I previously had a Hyundai Kona Electric.


  1. Spaciousness: The Tesla Model Y RWD 2023 offers an incredible amount of space, both in terms of passenger seating and cargo capacity. Its roomy interior comfortably accommodates five passengers, and the rear seats can be folded down to create even more storage space when needed.

  2. Performance: The Model Y RWD 2023 is fast, fun, and responsive. The instant torque and acceleration make for an exhilarating driving experience, while the vehicle's handling remains precise and controlled.

  3. Range: With an estimated range of 260 miles on a single charge, the Model Y RWD 2023 can easily accommodate most daily driving needs, reducing range anxiety and ensuring longer trips are more feasible.

  4. Charging: Charging the Model Y is simple and convenient, especially with a home charger installed. Supercharging experiences have been consistently impressive, providing fast and reliable charging on-the-go.

  5. Over-the-Air Updates: One of the standout features of owning a Tesla is receiving regular over-the-air software updates. These updates continually improve the vehicle's performance, safety features, and entertainment options, keeping the Model Y feeling fresh and cutting-edge.


  1. Parking Sensor Delay: There was a 5-month wait for the parking sensors to fully utilize the vehicle's cameras instead of ultrasonic sensors (USS). This delay was somewhat frustrating, as it impacted the initial parking assistance experience.

  2. Phantom Braking: Although rare, the Model Y RWD 2023 occasionally experiences phantom braking, where the vehicle suddenly decelerates without apparent cause. While this doesn't pose a significant safety risk, it can be disconcerting for both the driver and passengers.

  3. Automatic Wipers: The automatic wiper system, which relies on camera-based detection, could be improved. In some instances, the wipers' responsiveness is subpar, leading to reduced visibility during inclement weather.


Overall, the Tesla Model Y RWD 2023 is an exceptional electric vehicle that offers an unbeatable combination of performance, space, and cutting-edge technology. Despite a few minor drawbacks, this vehicle stands out as a top choice for those seeking an enjoyable and eco-friendly driving experience. With the added convenience of a properly installed home charger, owning and operating a Tesla becomes even more seamless and satisfying.

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