Riding in Tesla’s very quick Model Y crossover

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People wait outside Tesla's design studio for a test drive of the Model Y, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Hawthorne, Calif. The Model Y may be Tesla's most important product yet as it attempts to expand into the mainstream and generate enough cash to repay massive debts that threaten to topple the Palo Alto, Calif., company. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

“Tesla doesn’t make slow cars.”I’ve been told this by various Tesla employees over the years while sitting in the entire lineup of the company’s cars. So I was surprised that it wasn’t uttered again while I sat in the Model Y during a quick drive up and down the streets adjacent to Tesla’s Design Studio. But it’s true and this latest vehicle continues the tradition.

The newest Tesla didn’t disappoint off the line. With a zero to 60 potential of 3.5 seconds, the dual-motor variant of the vehicle they drove us in was quick. It kept me glued to my seat as it burned through electrons.

There’s no ludicrous mode, but its acceleration should keep its future owners happy. Because I was in the rear passenger seat instead of behind the wheel, it’s tough to gauge how well it handles. But there was no overt body roll during a short slalom test and I suspect once we get our hands on one, it’ll slot somewhere between the Model 3 and Model S when hitting up mountain switchbacks.

The electric crossover shares many of the same attributes as the Model 3. In addition to the battery pack, the interior is almost exactly the same. It even shares the seats found in the sedan. It’s almost completely devoid of knobs and buttons.

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