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Is The Tesla Model Y Quieter Inside Than The Model 3?

We’ve learned from many owners that the Model 3 doesn’t adequately filter out road and wind noise.

While many people have pointed out the road and wind noise in the Tesla Model 3, findings aren’t necessarily consistent. Of course, it’s not going to have the level of high-quality sound-deadening materials of some German luxury cars. Added to that, since its powertrain makes almost no sound, there’s not much to mask outside noises in the Tesla. 

We’ve heard now on a few occasions that the Model Y has better insulation and door seals than the Model 3. In addition, some owners have reported that it just feels more substantial and seems to be built with some higher quality materials. However, this is all subjective.

A true test of the Model Y’s road noise requires a decibel meter. Then, we can compare the cabin noise to that of the Model 3’s. Still, there are other factors, such as the model year of the Model 3 (changes may have been made), the amount of wind during testing, the amount of other road noise/traffic during testing, etc.

YouTuber and Tesla owner Ryan Wallace sets out to determine if the Model Y’s interior is quieter than the Model 3’s. According to his decibel meter, the results are as follows:

Tesla Model 3

  • 60.1 (parked)
  • 71.4 (acceleration test max read)
  • 67.6, 70.6 (lowest / highest read on highway)

Tesla Model Y

  • 59.5 (parked)
  • 71.2 (acceleration test max read)
  • 67.7, 69.5 (lowest / highest read on highway)

Video Description via Ryan Wallace on YouTube:

Is Model Y Quieter?

I wanted to compare the interior sound on the Model 3 to the Model Y. Is the Model Y quieter than the Model 3? This is a db meter test…

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Tesla Model X Owner Gets Model Y: How Do They Compare?

Finally, it’s not a Model 3 owner reviewing the Model Y.

Tesla Model X owner Marc Benton just took delivery of his Model Y. He’s already received plenty of questions about the two vehicles and how they compare, so he decided to answer them collectively, in the form of a video.

Most reviews of the Tesla Model Y have come from Model 3 owners or people who have driven and reviewed the Model 3. This makes sense since many people own a Model 3. In addition, the Model Y is similar to the Model 3 in many ways. Moreover, while the Model 3 is Tesla’s “electric sedan for the masses,” the Model Y is its crossover counterpart.

When the Model 3 sedan first came to market, it was immediately compared to the Tesla Model S sedan. This was because people who owned a Model S or were interested in one would likely set their sights on the Model 3. The Model Y crossover is essentially the Model X crossover’s smaller sibling, so it just makes sense to compare the two.

Check out Benton’s opinion about Tesla’s two crossovers. Then, scroll down and share your opinion with us in the comment section.

Video Description via Marc Benton on YouTube:

TESLA MODEL Y VS. MODEL X… An Opinion From Someone Who Owns BOTH!

I have received a lot of questions asking my opinion on the Model X and the Model Y since we took delivery of our Model Y. So here are my thoughts on both vehicles. I know I probably left a lot of info our but I did try to hit the most important things and the questions that I get asked the most.

I hope you enjoy!

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Tesla Model 3 Owner Alleges OTA Update Negatively Affected Performance

He says that after version 10.0 of the software was installed, his Model 3 was slower and its acceleration less aggressive

This Tesla owner from Norway, who goes by the name FrostyFingers on YouTube, says he feels a difference in the acceleration of his Model 3 Performance which he suspects is linked to the version 10 of the car’s software. The difference he points to is not massive, but he seems certain it exists.

His video description says

Why has the Performance been slower after V10, it was somewhat faster and more aggressive after second 5% power update.

In the pinned comment under his video, he adds

So the average run 0-100kmh is now 3.64. Of 60-65 runs only one run below 3.56. Non under 3.5. Before runs were averaging 3.48! The power curve and the aggressive launch is gone. After the second 5% update it jumped off the line like a p100d! After v10 it is as before the second 5% power update. Why? You have a good reason why they should change the curve, acceleration and the way the power is delivered?

Some of the people commenting on his video suggest it may be his chosen wheel and tire combination that may have affected the result, although the uploader is keen to point out he used the same setup before the update. Another comment asks about the battery being up to temperature, but the uploader says

That is the main constant besides wheels and soc.

Two commenters also say they noticed the same change with their Model 3s and they’re wondering whether it’s a software glitch or if this lowering of performance is intended. Have you noticed the same with your Model 3, after software version 10.0 was rolled out in late September 2019?

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Tesla Model X Accident: How Good Is Tesla Collision Service?

This family has had good and bad luck with Tesla service, so they’re skeptical about the repair process.

While Dan Markham and the What’s Inside Family? are huge Tesla fans, they’re not unwilling to admit when they have issues with the company. Markham reminds us that he’s had positive and negative experiences with Tesla service. However, he’s never had to deal with a Tesla collision. Someone recently hit his Model X and it needs the doors repaired, so he takes us through the process.

It’s important to note that when you need your Tesla repaired following a collision, you typically don’t visit a Tesla Service center, though there are exceptions. Most often, you have to get the vehicle repaired at a Tesla-approved body shop. Just like all other businesses, there are good ones and bad ones. Added to the equation, depending on where you live, what parts you need, and various other factors, the timeline can range from relatively quick to ridiculously long.

With that said, Markham was lucky to have an actual Tesla repair facility near his home. The shop is in Las Vegas and is one of few locations of its kind. It repairs Tesla vehicles, but has to take them elsewhere to be painted. Markham takes us through the process to give us an idea of the repair costs and timeline.

Tesla estimated the process would take 10 days. It actually took 16 days, but that’s counting weekends, plus the coronavirus situation escalated right in the middle of the process. The insurance company originally estimated the damage at $4,200, but internal damage pushed the total cost up to $5,000. Fortunately, Markham didn’t have to pay anything out of pocket.

Video Description via What’s Inside? Family on YouTube:


I wrecked my Tesla, how good is Tesla Auto Body Service?

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Tesla Model Y Vs Model 3 In Toilet Paper Hoarding Challenge

In our hoarding world in which we now live in, which Tesla can haul the most toilet paper?

Since we all now seem to be hoarders, it’s critical to now which Tesla, the Model Y or Model 3, to take to Costco to hoard the most rolls of toilet paper. Lucky for us, this video loads both cars partially full of toilet paper (and uses a tape measure to see how much more would fit) to help us find out which is the better hoarding vehicle.

It’s not unusual these days to see cars, SUVs and even trucks packed full of toilet paper after a run to the grocery or warehouse store. Well, it wasn’t, but now maybe it is since the hoarders have created such a toilet paper shortage that most shelves are bare.

Regardless, if you’re heading out to hoard, you need the right vehicle for the job and that’s where this video comes in. As you’ll see in the video (starting at around 3:25), both a Model Y and a Model 3 are partly filled up with goods, including toilet paper. Then, measurements are taken to see how much more toiler paper would fit before filling the vehicle up.

Which vehicle is more suited to hoarding? Watch the video to find out. We should point out though that no crazy amount of hoarding was done for this experiment. And no toilet paper was harmed, damaged or destroyed in the process either.

And, as you’ll see in the video, the space difference between the 3 and the Y isn’t nearly as big as you might think.

Video description via Jim Talks on YouTube:

Using the TP test, we measure the Model Y’s true cargo space (plus or minus). I was hoping to get a whole pile of TP or something to compare, but had limited time and resources, so I used a tape measure to help augment the tried and true TP measurement system.

See other videos. More to come. Let us know what you would like to see.

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Camping In The Tesla Model Y On The Track: Camp Mode, Energy Use

After a long day of track testing and making videos, it’s time to camp out in the Model Y.

As you’re probably aware by now, Brian Jenkins (i1Tesla) took delivery of his Tesla Model Y Performance last week. Since then, he’s spent the last several days with Kyle Conner at the Out of Spec Motoring / InsideEVs track and facility in North Carolina.

Due to the virus situation, the guys can’t really venture out, and staying at a hotel is not an option. No worries, there are plenty of places to sleep at the track, due to its large building. However, Jenkins decides to sleep in his Tesla out on the track.

Jenkins is honest to admit that it’s not that cold in North Carolina right now. The temperature is in the low 60s and drops to 50F or so overnight. Still, over the course of nine hours, he uses about 10 percent of his battery. He kept the car in Camp Mode with the cabin temp set at 71 degrees. If it was really cold, he would have exhausted a decent amount of range.

Have you camped in a Tesla? How about in really cold weather? Let us know your observations and experiences in the comment section below.

Video Description via i1Tesla on YouTube:

Tesla Model Y Camping – Camp Mode

Camped in the Tesla Model Y on the side of the race track. Used an air mattress not designed for the Y but it worked. Only used 10% battery over a 9 hour sleep. It was not very cold though. I imagine if it was much colder I would’ve used much more.

Air mattress

Out of Spec Motoring…

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Tesla Model Y Vs Model 3 Compared In Convenient Infographic

See how the Tesla Model Y Performance compares to its smaller sibling as far as specs.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX, which makes and sells aftermarket Tesla accessories. The opinions expressed therein are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs, nor have we been paid by EVANNEX to publish these articles. We find the company’s perspective as an aftermarket supplier of Tesla accessories interesting and are happy to share its content free of charge. Enjoy!

Posted on EVANNEX on March 27, 2020 by Denis Gurskiy

When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla has topped the industry in just about every category imaginable. The Silicon Valley automaker leads in technology, batteries, range, charging infrastructure, and so much more. One particular automotive characteristic where Tesla really shines, whether it’s gas or electric, is performance. In fact, Tesla’s high-end ‘Performance’ models will demolish just about anything on the track for a fraction of the cost. 

Tesla is so focused on track performance that they’ve released a $5,000 track package for the Performance Model 3. There’s no word on whether or not a similar package will be made available on the Performance Model Y but we have to ask, why not?

As we compare these two Teslas, the inner speed demon in you must be questioning which vehicle would suit you best. Perhaps you’re undecided between the two. Maybe you’re asking if you should trade in your Model 3 for a Model Y? Not everyone can track test each vehicle but you can compare the numbers side-by-side using the above infographic.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had mentioned previously that the Model 3 is to the Model S what the Model Y is to the Model X. Put simply: it’s a more affordable version of the luxury vehicle. Yet due to their smaller size and tighter feel, many prefer the feel of the more affordable models over their larger counterparts — especially on the track.

In hindsight, the Model Y is closer to the Model 3 than the Model X. The two vehicles actually share ~76% of the same parts. Basically, it’s a larger and heavier Tesla Model 3.

That said, size and weight will most definitely affect track performance and specs, as seen in the side-by-side, but maybe you prefer larger vehicles? Crossovers are actually the fastest-growing auto segment in the U.S taking up over 40% of all new car sales.

In any event, if you staged a Model 3 vs Model Y face-off on the track, the former would likely win. But maybe you’re willing to take a downgrade in performance for a more spacious car? Well… it (always) depends on one’s personal preference. Either way, you’ll be getting an extremely high-performance vehicle with plenty of prowess on the track.


An earlier version of this article appeared on EVBite. EVBite is an electric vehicle specific news site dedicated to keeping consumers up-to-date on any developments in the ever-expanding EV landscape.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX, which makes and sells aftermarket Tesla accessories. The opinions expressed therein are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs, nor have we been paid by EVANNEX to publish these articles. We find the company’s perspective as an aftermarket supplier of Tesla accessories interesting and are happy to share its content free of charge. Enjoy!

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This Tesla Model 3 Towing Video Might Make You Cringe

After our recent discussion about towing EVs, is this method ok?

We still have the discussion about towing EVs fresh in our minds. We published it on March 9, 2020. When some readers gave us feedback about that, we discussed it again with the AA and AAA on March 17. Was it a coincidence that Ray Snyder posted this video at the Tesla Model 3 Facebook group? The tow truck driver must not have read InsideEVs lately.

Knowing the risk involved in flat towing an EV, our immediate reaction was to cringe from the footage. After watching it three or four times, we started hoping that this beautiful silver Model 3 is a rear-wheel-drive unit. Why don’t you make them in silver anymore, Tesla? Paint problems?

Greg Carter, the technical specialist at AA, told us some EVs could be towed at 30 mph for short distances. As we said, only to take them away from dangerous spots. This does not seem to be the case with this Model 3. 

The video was made at the John J. Montgomery Freeway, in Chula Vista, California, also known as Interstate 5. The speed limit there is 55 mph, and the tow truck must be at least at 50 mph. We’d bet it is even faster.

Considering it is in the middle lane, we also believe it was not on a short distance trip. That Tesla was probably going much further than Carter would recommend it to be flat towed, even if it is really a RWD version of the Model 3.

Tesla does not have any express prohibition for what Snyder filmed in the Model 3’s manual. It just mentions the “rear motor generates power when the wheels spin” and nothing else. There is no image of flat towing with the front wheels on the ground, for example. Does that imply it is not forbidden to do it this way, or were we right to cringe in the first place? Give us your impressions of this in the comments below.

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Road Trip Fail: Tesla Model S Gets Stuck In Snow, Battery Drops To Zero

The deep snow was too much for the Model S, but another route opened up. Can the car make it to the nearest charger though?

Electric car road trips can be challenging at times and this is an exampled of that. With an already limited range due to the battery being mostly depleted, this Tesla Model S is stuck on snow-covered roads. Eventually, a different route is chosen and the Model S makes it out of the snow, but will the car make it to the Supercharger before running out of juice?

According to My Tesla Adventure, the uploader of this video, the road trip started off as planned with the car charged to nearly 100%. However, soon after the trip got off course due to road closures from snowfall. That’s when a bunch of detours were taken, which started to diminish the car’s range.

This video shows just one attempt to get out of the area in which the S got snowed in. According to My Tesla Adventure, several other attempts were made on other roads. This again depleted range much more than anticipated at the start of the trip.

Eventually, a road was clear enough for exit and off the Tesla went. But with all of the detours and attempts to plow through the snow, would the Model S have enough range left to get to the Supercharger? Watch the video to find out, but we’ll clue you in on the fact that the battery % does indeed hit zero.

Video description via My Tesla Adventure on YouTube:

I went on a road trip to get outside and things did not go according to plan. I got stuck in snow and ran my battery down to zero.

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Back Seat Comparo: Tesla Model Y, Model 3 And Model X

Does the Model Y have more room than the Model 3? How does it compare to the X?

Let’s see if the Tesla Model Y is as roomy in the rear seats as we’ve been led to believe. More spacious back there than a Model 3? Bigger in the rear than a Model X? Lots of questions and lucky for us, this video provides us with answers.

Aside from its cavernous rear cargo area, most potential Model Y buyers who are considering over the Model 3 are doing so because of the expectation of more room in the rear seating area (and/or the arrival of the 7-seat Model Y, but that’s not the focus here).

You’d expect a crossover shaped like the Model Y to afford at leas more headroom in the rear than the Model 3, but does it also offer more legroom and better overall accommodations? This video provides us with answers to that and it also presents Tesla’s bigger SUV, the Model X, so we can compare the Y to that too.

In case you’d rather not watch the video, below we’ve compiled some screenshots showing the rear of the Model Y, Model 3 and Model X. Take a look at the gallery and let us know in comments your thoughts on the rear seating area of the Y.

Gallery: Tesla Seats Compared

13 Photos

Having trouble determining which car is which? The black interior is the Model Y. The white interior shots are Model 3 and Model X, though the majority are of the 3 and it’s quite easy to pick out the shots of the X, as it’s the one with substantially more headroom out of the two white interior cars.

Video description via i1Tesla on YouTube:

Took the Model X, Model Y and Model 3 and sat inside to see the size difference. Model Y is the best family car Tesla makes.

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