The Cheapest Electric Cars in 2020

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2020 Tesla Model Y

$49,990 | U.S. News Overall Score: 7.9/10

The 2020 Tesla Model Y is essentially a crossover/hatchback version of the Tesla Model 3. It boasts energetic acceleration, agile handling, and a roomy and upscale cabin that’s packed with state-of-the-art tech features. 

The Model Y comes equipped with heated front and rear seats, a 15-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, over-the-air software updates, a built-in dashcam, Sentry Mode (a feature that “watches” and captures video around the car while it's parked), blind spot monitoring, side collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Some of these features are part of Tesla’s standard Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system, which relies on cameras and sensors around the vehicle. The Model Y is also the first Tesla vehicle to feature a heat pump, which maximizes efficiency, especially in cold weather.

The Model Y has an EPA-estimated 315 miles of range. However, only the Model Y Performance is listed on the EPA’s website. According to Tesla, the $59,990 Model Y Performance, which now comes standard with the Performance Upgrades package, two electric motors, all-wheel drive, and 21-inch wheels, has a range of 291 miles. It can scoot from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

The only other current Model Y option is the dual-motor all-wheel-drive Long Range model. Tesla says it delivers 316 miles of range and a 4.8-second zero-to-60-mph time. Following in the footsteps of the Model 3, the automaker plans to offer the Model Y in cheaper configurations later. In addition, a third row will be available in the future.

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