Tesla Model Y 3rd Row Seating Review

The Tesla Model Y’s third-row seating is remarkably similar to most other SUVs that offer this perk—not very spacious or comfortable.
Written by Jason Tushinski
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Nov 16, 2022
With just 26.5 inches of legroom, the
Tesla Model Y
’s third row of seating isn’t the most comfortable spot in this otherworldly electric SUV. That said, the Model Y remains a compelling, stylish, and fast electric vehicle.
If you’ve got a large family used to the finer things in life, a stylish and stylishly-large electric SUV might be high on your wishlist. Luckily, there are plenty of higher-end SUVs with third-row seating—some more expensive than others.
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In this article, we’ll take a look at the third row of seating in the Tesla Model Y. You’ll get exact measurements for all three rows, plus a look at the pros and cons of the Model Y as a whole.
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What is the Tesla Model Y’s 3rd row like?

The Tesla Model Y can seat up to seven passengers due to the optional third row of seats you can add to this electric SUV. The Y’s third row might make you feel like you're bunking on a nuclear submarine (that is, it’s very tight), but it's suitable for kids on a road trip. The Model Y’s third row can accommodate your gangly teenagers or your full-sized adult friends, but—for their sake—keep the trip short.
As mentioned, the third row of seating for a Tesla Model Y is optional. You can get the added seating for $3,000 extra. 

Space and comfort

The Model Y’s third row of seats are softer-than-leather vegan leather,so that’s definitely a plus. But make no bones about it—you’ll be cramped if you draw the short straw (and are an adult) and are stuck in the Model Y’s third row.
Of course, comfort is in the eye of the beholder. Your kids and dogs will love the third row of seats, as they’ll be able to comfortably conspire against you with relative ease. Here are the measurements for the Tesla Model Y’s legroom, headroom, and passenger volume:
  • Third row:26.5 inches legroom, 34.6 inches headroom
  • Second row:41.6 inches legroom, 38.7 inches headroom
  • First row:41.7 inches legroom, 41 inches headroom
  • Total passenger volume:N/A
In case you weren’t reading too closely up until this point—if you’re sitting in the third row of a Tesla Model Y as an adult or a tall teenager, you will not be comfortable. This is the case for most other luxury SUVs with third rows,though the Model Y offers less third-row space than most due to its sleek, streamlined design. 
Here’s how some competitors stack up against the Model Y in terms of third-row space:
Starting price
Third-row legroom
Third-row headroom
Total passenger volume
26.5 inches
34.6 inches
40.9 inches
37.3 inches
172.1 cubic feet
Grand Wagoneer
36.6 inches
39 inches
179.2 cubic feet
34.9 inches
38.2 inches
168.4 cubic feet
29.2 inches
36.9 inches
144.7 cubic feet
Volvo XC90
31.9 inches
36.3 inches
103.8 cubic feet
22.6 inches
34.8 inches
114 cubic feet
29 inches
36.2 inches
139.1 cubic feet
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Is the Tesla Model Y good for big families and long trips?

Well, it depends how big your family is—a set of parents and four little kids? Knock yourselves out (not literally). The Model Y will be able to chauffeur you and the family around in style and comfort. But a trip for more than four adults is really pushing it in terms of comfort—especially if you plan on a long trip. 
The Tesla Model Y will suit your family for longer road trips with up to 3 adult passengers in the second row and kids in the third row, though finding enough luggage space might be an issue. Besides its optional third row, the Model Y does have a lot to offer if you’re hauling the family around in it:
  • Best-in-class safety features:The Model Y was tabbed as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for 2022 and received 5 stars from the
    for safety excellence.
  • Electric (kool-aid) road trips:With the Model Y, you’ll never have to worry about how expensive gasoline is—you won’t need it with the dual electric motors!
At the end of the day, it's up to you whether the Tesla Model Y provides enough space to haul your family around—and whether splurging for that third row of seats is worth it.

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