Buyer’s Guide to Model Y or Used Model X – Best Choice is…

Buyer's Guide to Model Y or Used Model X

So you want to own a Tesla. Who doesn’t? Now it all comes down to deciding which model is the best choice for you. The decision between the used Model X and the new Model Y may seem easy at first, but there are many important factors to consider before you finally lean back in the driver’s seat of your dream Tesla.

Both the used Model X and the Model Y combine a sleek, futuristic appearance with an environmentally friendly Electric Vehicle status. Although similar in appearance and energy efficiency, the best choice depends on the buyer’s priorities and preferences.

Each model has unique features which must be compared. Are you searching for the most powerful engine or the most practical everyday ride? Are you looking for the best value or the largest array of software capabilities? This article will guide you through all the most important comparisons between the Model Y and the used Model X.

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Price Comparison of Model Y and Used Model X

If you are looking to buy a Tesla at the best value, the answer is a new Model Y. Prices for the Long Range Model Y begin at $52,990, while the Performance Model Y prices begin at $60,990. This is not including the $10,000 add-on Full Self Driving (FSD) software package.

If the price difference is not of peak importance, then you might still consider a used Model X. Used Tesla Model X cars are generally more expensive than the new Model Y. The price of a used Model X will begin around $75,900 and go up from there depending on the added features.

Practicality Comparison of Model Y and Used Model X

Before comparing the practicality of the two models, it is important to note that there are a few versions, or trims, of each model. Model Y has a Performance and a Long Range Trim. The Performance version has improved performance specs, while the Long Range version has a longer range. Pretty aptly named.

The Model Y has a few trims as well: 75D, Performance and Long Range. The 75D trim has been discontinued, however if you are in the market for a used Model Y, there are 75D cars available in certain U.S. locations.

In comparing the practicality of the Model Y and the used Model X, you must consider:

  • Range: how far can you drive?
  • Cargo Capacity: how much trunk space?
  • Seating: how many passengers?

After comparing these aspects of both vehicles, you can more accurately gauge whether the Model Y or used Model X better suits your preferences.


You will typically see a longer range in Model Y versus a used Model X, clocking in at an estimated 326 miles for the Long Range. The Model Y Performance has an estimated 303 miles. Think of this figure as the gas tank size. The longer the range, the more miles you will be able to drive without stopping to charge the engine.

Range is an important factor to consider if you plan to use the car as your everyday commute. A used Model X will typically have a range between 237 and 295 miles. The Model X 75D has the shortest range: approximately 237 miles. The Model X Performance is longer, around 289 miles, while the Long Range is about 295 miles.

Keep in mind, however, that the range of either vehicle may decrease slightly the more time the car has been on the road.

Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity is a worthwhile practical aspect to think about before purchasing your Tesla. The total cargo space inside a Model Y is 68 cubic feet. In comparison, the Model X can hold 88 cubic feet. These totals include the front trunk and the rear space. If you are looking for the most total cargo capacity, a used Model X will be the best choice.


If you carpool, run a business, or have kids, it may be more convenient to go with a 7 seater instead of the 5 seater. Luckily, both the used Model X and the Model Y have both options. However, if you are looking to compromise with a 6 seater, only the Model X is capable of that.

Performance Comparison of Model Y and Used Model X

When buying a new vehicle, it is always important to evaluate how one vehicle stacks up against other competitor’s performance wise. In this case, the Model Y and Model X have some significant differences when it comes to performance. Four crucial aspects to a Tesla’s performance will be evaluated:

  • Acceleration
  • Top Speed
  • Drivetrain
  • Full Self Driving Capability

By comparing the Model Y to the Model X based on these elements of performance, you should gain a better understanding of which vehicle best suits your performance preferences.


The used 2018 Model X 75D has a 0-60 miles per hour (mph) acceleration of 4.9 seconds. The used Model X Long Range has an acceleration of 4.7 seconds. The used 2018 Model X Performance clocks in at a whopping 2.8 seconds.

The acceleration on a new Model Y Long Range is 4.8 seconds, while the Model Y Performance is approximated at 3.5 seconds. If you are looking for a performance vehicle that can accelerate as fast as a Lambo, then a used Model X Performance is the way to go.

Top Speed

The top speeds of the used Model X versions and the Model Y are comparable. The Model X 75D has a top speed of approximately 130mph, comparable to the Model Y Long Range’s top speed of 135mph. The Model X Long Range, the Model X Performance and the Model Y Performance all share a top speed of 155mph.


Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is a feature in both models X and Y and all trims. Given their AWD status, both the used Model X and the Model Y would be suitable to drive in snow and most inclimate weather.

Full Self Driving Capability

Both the used Model X and the Model Y have Full Self Driving (FSD) Capability. FSD includes features such as autopilot, autopark, auto lane change, summon and traffic light control.There will be new updates to the feature coming soon, such as autosteer on city streets.

New features will be available to all models X and Y that have the FSD package installed.

Buying Used versus New

When comparing the Model Y to a used Model X, it is important to consider the effects of short or prolonged use of a Model X when purchasing one. If customizability and long warranties are something you are looking for, then a used Model X may not be the best choice.

There are significant limitations for used Model X’s when compared to a new Model Y. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between used and new Tesla vehicles.


The last point of comparison that is crucial to consider is buying a used versus a new Tesla. This point comes down to preference. If you are the type to prefer designing your car down to every detail, then buying new is the best choice. If you would rather have a preset combination of features, then buying used will be your best bet.


Another point to think about is the difference in warranty between a used Model X and a new Model Y. If you purchase a used vehicle directly from Tesla, you receive a limited warranty of an additional 1 year or 10,000 miles of coverage after the basic warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles has been reached.

If the used car’s basic warranty has been completed, for example, if the car has reached 50,000 miles, then the used car owner will only have a 1 year or 10,000 mile warranty. A used vehicle may not be the best option for a car owner who intends to use the vehicle to travel long distances over a short period of time.

It is important to consider how often and how much mileage you plan to put on the car when considering which warranty would best suit your needs.


In summary, there is no shortage of super-cool features in both the used Model X and the Model Y. Regardless of which car you choose, you know the Tesla technology will not disappoint.

At this point, you should have a comprehensive understanding of the key factors you need to consider before purchasing a Model Y or used Model X. Ultimately, the decision to buy a Model Y or used Model X is yours to make according to your own vehicle needs and preferences.  


The articles here on are created by Greg, a Tesla vehicle and Tesla solar expert with nearly half a decade of hands-on experience. The information on this site is fact-checked and tested in-person to ensure the best possible level of accuracy.

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