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Best Tesla Model Y alternatives

Tesla’s Model Y is an impressive electric compact crossover that offers a range of up to 326-miles on its Long Range variant. For the performance-focused, the Model Y offers a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 mph rating of 3.5-seconds if you select the Performance configuration. For those looking for alternatives, there are a few other electric vehicles on the road that continue to boast a bit of extra storage and space without hitting full-SUV status. Here are the best Model Y alternatives that you might want to look into purchasing.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

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Let’s begin this list with one of the best electric vehicles you can currently purchase, the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Mach-E is Ford’s first vehicle purpose-built from the ground up to run on an electric drivetrain, and with a brand name such as Mustang attached to it, you expect something extraordinary. The exciting news is that you won’t be disappointed; this vehicle starts at $42,895 and features a range of 300 miles on a single charge. Configured with the GT option, the Mustang Mach-E can even obtain a 0-60 mph rating of 3.5 seconds. A high-tech opportunity, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is a ‘must consider’ option when shopping for Tesla Model X alternatives.

Chevrolet Bolt

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Despite not hitting the popularity of Tesla vehicles, the Chevy Bolt remains a solid staple for those looking to jump into the world of EVs. The Bolt is a five-door electric hatchback with a surprising amount of room, fully capable for a run to IKEA. The 2021 version of the Bolt offers a range of up to 259 miles on a single charge and sports a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds; it isn’t the fastest option on the market, but its starting price-tag of $36,500 sure is attractive. The cabin isn’t as minimal as Tesla’s designs, but it certainly feels a bit space-age. Technology also adorns the interior with a 10.2” color infotainment touch screen included as standard.

Tesla Model 3

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We know this might be cheating, but if you’ve got your eye on the Model Y but don’t want to make the jump for one reason or another, the Model 3 might be a better choice. While the Model 3 is styled after a standard sedan, it still offers an impressive interior with 15 cubic feet of cargo space. The Model 3 is also a bit cheaper, starting at $31,690. A long-range model is available with up to 353 miles per charge, as well as a Performance option that will propel you up to 162 mph and zoom from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. If you’re taking a look at the Tesla Model Y, be sure to give the Model 3 at least a glance on the way out.

Kia Niro EV

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Purchasing an electric crossover doesn’t need to cross the $50,000 threshold; options such as the Niro EV from Kia offer 239 miles of range in an excellent package. The Kia Niro EV is a perfect option for those looking for a more affordable EV with lots of cargo space. The 10.25-inch touchscreen at the front of the vehicle is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto, allowing you to get the most out of your smartphone while on the road. Suppose you’re selecting the Niro EV as a family vehicle. In that case, you’ll also be happy to know that it features a plethora of technology safety features, including blind-spot collision warnings, forward collision-avoidance assistance, rear cross-traffic collision warnings, and more.

Hyundai KONA Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric
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Rounding out our list with another sub $40,000 option is the Hyundai Kona Electric SUV. Featuring an impressive range for the price-point, the Kona Electric can drive up to 258-miles without needing a charge. The interior is a bit more classic, so if you aren’t yet up to embracing a high-tech space-like cockpit, this is a more comfortable and familiar option. Of course, the Kona is still an electric vehicle and features bits of tech, including a floating heads-up display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and a wireless device charger. A collection of safety features makes this one safe vehicle to drive and fun, too, thanks to options such as Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go — perfect for long commutes or cross-country trips.

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