The Model 3, which starts in the low $40K range, costs an average of $2,830 a year for full coverage. The Model Y isn’t far behind at $2,658. “Insurance for the Model 3 and other Tesla vehicles is so expensive because as a luxury car, Teslas are more expensive to repair and are a more enticing target for thieves,” the website noted.
Vehicles with powerful engines are typically more expensive to insure as they “more likely to be in damaging high-speed crashes than most other types of vehicles.” The cost to repair a vehicle also plays into how much an owner is charged for insurance.
In this 3 1/2 hour video, Autogefühl compares the Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD, the VW ID.4 GTX, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 AWD, the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Skoda Enyaq, and the BMW iX3.
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While those numbers look good when compared to the same month last year, they also indicate Tesla’s wholesale volumes are down 2.8% in November over October.
Passenger car sales in November 2021 in China totalled 1.85 million, down 12.5 percent from November 2020.
The Fisker Ocean made its global debut at the 2021 LA Auto Show earlier this week. The Fisker Ocean won in the Crossover (US$50,000 and below) category.
The other finalist in the Crossover under $50,000 category were Alpha Motor Company Electric JAX, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Consumer Reports, a nonprofit organization that evaluates products and services, said Tesla, the world’s most valuable automaker, ranked 27th out of 28 brands, just ahead of Ford Motor Co’s Lincoln brand.
Consumer Reports recommends the Tesla Model 3 sedan and rates its reliability as “average.” But Fisher said the rest of Tesla’s vehicles are below average.
The popular Model Y SUV, Tesla’s best-selling vehicle, has problems with poorly fitting body panels, leaks and issues with its climate control, Fisher said.
Electric vehicles, with far fewer moving parts, should be more reliable than gas-powered vehicles, Fisher said. But electric SUVs tend to be higher-priced luxury vehicles at present, and those have all the latest technology that can cause trouble, he said.
“The powertrains aren’t the problem,” Fisher said. Instead, the electric SUVs often are equipped with electric door handles, electric-activated climate control vents and other features. “By having all of these new technologies saddled into these early adopter-mobiles, there are more problems associated with them.”
Fisher said electric vehicles are likely to be more reliable than gas-powered ones as manufacturers work the bugs out of their features.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following advisory »
NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V835000
Manufacturer Tesla, Inc.
Potential Number of Units Affected 2,791
Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Model Y and 2019-2021 Model 3 vehicles. The front suspension lateral link fasteners may loosen, allowing the lateral link to separate from the sub-frame.
Tesla Service will tighten or replace the lateral link fasteners as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 24, 2021. Owners may contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla’s number for this recall is SB-21-31-003.
Tesla vehicles have had many safety recalls. Owners can enter their VIN at the official NHTSA website to learn if they are affected by this and other recalls.