Stacking Tesla’s Model Y Against Its Electric SUV Competition

WIRED | 3/15/2019 | Aarian Marshall
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For the Tesla fans who attended last night's Model Y unveiling event in Hawthorne, California, the effects of the open bar and Elon Musk's pizzazz should be just about wearing off. Which means it's time to get serious here, people, and size up the competition.

The baby SUV Model Y will come in a few versions, priced from $39,000 to $60,000, offering ranges between 230 and 300 miles. Those are impressive specs, but while a new Tesla still feels like a major event, a whole host of family-toting electric SUVs are already on sale or about to come online. Glitzy debuts for the Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and Audi E-tron have come and gone. You can place an order for the mass market Hyundai Kona Electric right now, or pocket your checkbook for another few months, when you should be able to write one for the Kia Niro EV. Meanwhile, BMW, Porsche, Chinese upstart Byton, and American startup Rivian are working toward rolling out their own zappy SUVs and taking a juicy bite out of a market that Tesla has long dominated.

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In truth, there's probably enough of that market to go around. SUVs made up nearly half of total auto retail sales in the US last year, according to market research firm JD Power and Associates, up from 36 percent in 2014. Tesla might have an electric hit on its hands. So might everyone else.

Still, chances are that you, dear individual, won't buy more than one electric SUV in the next couple of years. To help you sort through the options, we've rounded up some specs for those available now and those coming soon.

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