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Pros and Cons of an Everyday Electric SUV

Pros

  • Impressive EV range
  • Dynamic performance
  • Spacious packaging

Cons

  • Iffy build quality
  • Steam-bath sun panel
  • Ground clearance

The Tesla Model Y is not MotorTrend’s 2021 SUV of the Year. Nor is it a finalist for the award, or even a contender. Despite our repeated entreaties, Tesla declined to participate in the competition. In order to bring you this review, we rented a privately owned Model Y and evaluated it against our award criteria, but we respected Tesla’s desire not to be considered for our Golden Calipers.

Despite this setback, we feel the Model Y is a significant vehicle for Tesla, for the industry, and for the consumer—and thus it deserves to be evaluated. Richard Hak at Precision One Design in Torrance, California, agreed to rent us his low-mileage 2020 Tesla Model Y Dual Motor Long Range to do so. We found the Model Y scores very well against our six

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New Honda SUV e:concept previews new electric model

Honda has taken a new electric vehicle concept to the Beijing motor show, which previews a future model that is currently only earmarked for sale in China.

The Honda SUV e:concept has been designed to show off the future design direction of the production electric SUV model, which is likely to keep the clean surfaces and sharp angles present on the concept.

The Japanese firm says it wants its EV to be ‘fresh and fun’, and will equip it with next-generation safety systems and driver assistance features. Inside, it will preview advancements in the infotainment system, including an artificial intelligence interface, smartphone link and wireless updates.

2020 Honda e
The SUV e:concept has very different styling to Honda’s other electric vehicle, the ‘e’. (Honda)

Little else has been revealed about the concept or the production version that will follow, but it is likely to use the same powertrain technology seen on the Honda

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