Consumer Reports Says the Tesla Model Y Has Too Many Problems

There might be more trouble on the horizon for the Tesla Model Y. While being one of the most popular electric vehicles you can buy, the Tesla Model Y also serves are one of the least reliable vehicles you can buy. 

Consumer Reports doesn’t think the Tesla Model Y is reliable 

The 2021 Tesla Model Y on the road
2021 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

According to Consumer Reports, the Tesla Model Y is pretty unreliable with tons of problems. But this hasn’t stopped the Model Y from being an incredibly popular option. Although, with more automotive brands going electric, people can consider other options. 

Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing for Consumer Reports, shared that people who buy Tesla models are very satisfied with them, but they do have their fair share of problems. Electric vehicles incorporate high-tech transmission tech, which can lead to problems. 

It’s part of the new features causing reliability problems for automakers. Infotainment glitches are common as automakers are attracted to larger screens with more digital controls. The electric powertrains usually don’t cause trouble. 

What’s wrong with the Model Y? 

The 2021 Tesla Model Y has an overall reliably ranking of two out of five from Consumer Reports. This score is a little concerning because it’s a below-average ranking. Also, the Model Y is ranked in 9th place on the top 10 list of reliable SUVs. 

Consumer Reports gathers reliability data based on the issues that drivers and owners faced with previous models. They send out surveys to thousands of drivers to see what type of problems they had to deal with. 

Owners of the Model Y reported that they faced issues with the climate system, paint, trim, body integrity, body hardware, power equipment, and in-car electronics. Part of the power equipment problems involves the hatchback. 

These problems led to the 2022 Tesla Model Y receiving a predicted reliability of one out of five. So the Model Y seems to be getting worse instead of solving its trouble spots to become more reliable. 

Plus, the 2021 Model Y had four recalls: 

  1. The forward collision avoidance system could cause the AEB system to activate randomly, causing the vehicle to stop in traffic suddenly. 
  2. A lateral link separation may shift in the wheel alignment, causing instability with the suspension. 
  3. Contact with the rim of the hydraulic brakes could cause a sudden loss of tire pressure. 
  4. Improperly attached fasteners may prevent the seat belt retention system from performing correctly. 

Will the 2022 Model Y be better? 

A red Tesla Model Y is parked outside a building.
The Tesla Model Y | Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

It’s possible that the 2022 Tesla Model Y may incorporate updates to become more reliable. Tesla hasn’t announced any significant changes yet. But the Model Y was recently introduced for 2020, so it shouldn’t need any updates. 

The Model Y still doesn’t have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. However, you can connect your phone via Bluetooth. The navigation system is Google-based, so it’s easy to read. However, the system can be slow to update. 

You can get started in a 2021 Model Y for about $39,990. Pricing for the 2022 model may increase. We will keep an eye out for Model Y updates. We hope that solutions for the tech and body problems are on the way.

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