Since its launch a couple of years ago, the Tesla Model Y has dominated sales in the compact EV crossover space, though it is facing some intense competition in that segment. One of the Model Y’s biggest rivals is the Ford Mustang Mach-E, in fact, and over the past few months, those two models have been engaged in a heated pricing war, driving down the cost of both by a substantial margin. However, many still point to the fact that the Mach-E is at a bit of a disadvantage since it’s still pricer than Tesla Model Y, and it also lags behind that model in terms of performance and range, generally speaking. Now, the playing field appears to be evening out somewhat, at least in terms of EPA estimated range figures.
Tesla updated its Model Y range estimates seemingly overnight, and the new numbers aren’t great news for owners or prospective buyers. Notably, range estimates for the Tesla Model Y Long Range dropped from 330 miles to 310, while the Performance saw a reduction from 303 miles to 285, though the base Rear Wheel Drive model remains unchanged at 260 miles.
Ultimately, this comes as no major surprise given the fact that Tesla has long been criticized for overstating its range estimates more than the competition, though in all fairness, that applies to most EV manufacturers these days, as we’ve seen in real-world testing. However, there is a silver lining here for Blue Oval fans, at least as it pertains to the Mustang Mach-E.
The closest competitor to the Model Y Long Range at the moment is the Mach-E Premium with the optional extended range battery pack, which stickers for $54,495 (sans destination charges) and offers up 310 miles of range, equalling its rival in the latter mark, though it does so at a premium over the Tesla’s base price of $48,990. Additionally, the Mach-E GT – a Model Y Performance rival – gets 270 miles in regular spec and 260 in Performance guise, at a price tag of $59,995 versus $52,490 for the Tesla.