The 2023 Kia EV6 is over $17,000 cheaper than the Tesla Model Y. How do they compare?

By Sean Tucker

The Kia EV6 is a stunning new entry on the scene and costs a lot less. Which one is right for you?

Tesla has dominated the electric car market for years. Its best-selling vehicle, the Model Y SUV, makes an excellent practical case for itself. But electric car buyers have more choice than ever before. The Kia EV6 is one of the most interesting new entries, with stunning looks and a powerful model with supercar-like numbers. Let’s see how these two electric vehicles compare.

2023 Kia EV6

The 2023 Kia EV6 is one of the most intriguing new cars on the road, with breathtaking looks and a range of up to 500 kilometers. Part SUV, part hatchback, part futuristic high-tech tiger, it’s one of the best looking new cars inside and out. A high-performance GT version has 576 horsepower. Prices start at $48,500, while a GT costs $61,400.

Kia EV6 highlights

Stunning design inside and out: The EV6 straddles the line between hatchback and SUV, and does so with exquisite style. On the outside, it sports the best interpretation of Kia’s “digital tiger” design language, with a slim nose and broad shoulders. Inside it’s contemporary and beautiful, with a pair of screens in a single bezel that looks like one huge, curved screen surface.

10-year powertrain warranty: Kia’s designs have improved, but the best case for buying one has never changed. The industry’s longest warranty means no major financial surprises over ten years of ownership. That 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is hard to beat.

Easy service: Kia has nearly 800 dealers in the US, and any one of them can handle any service or repair the EV6 needs. Tesla (TSLA) has built a cellular service network that can handle many field repairs across much of the country, but Tesla owners still have to tow their car to the nearest service center for major work. They are not found in every state. Major problems can mean towing your Tesla hundreds of miles for repairs.

See: Why GM dealers quietly repair Teslas

Tesla Model Y from 2023

The Tesla Model Y is America’s best-selling electric car. For months it has been one of America’s best-selling luxury cars. With SUV space, excellent range and access to the country’s most extensive charging network, it offers an easy way to go electric. Prices start at $65,990.

Tesla Model Y Highlights

The Tesla Supercharger Network: EV ownership is becoming easy in many locations, but in others the hurdle remains the charging infrastructure. You will probably do most of your charging at home. But on the road, Tesla owners have it easier than anyone else. Thanks to the company’s extensive charging network, public chargers are easy to find. They don’t work with non-Tesla cars.

Serious cargo space: The EV6 and the Model Y are both midsize, but the Model Y offers 22 cubic feet more cargo space with the rear seats folded. The EV6 also has a comically small frunk (yes, the front trunk is called a frunk. Admit how fun it is to say). The Model Y’s frunk provides usable space.

That Tesla cachet: Tesla owners are a community. Tesla vehicles come with access to that world. Kelley Blue Book research shows that customers purchasing other vehicles tend to research multiple models; but Tesla buyers tend not to even explore other cars. If you’ve always wanted a Tesla, chances are a Model Y will scratch that itch.

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The Model Y and EV6 are both all-electric SUVs, roughly mid-sized, with ranges of around 300 miles in most cases. Each offers a powerful model with approximately 380 horsepower.


If you’re considering going electric, the Kia EV6 and Tesla Model Y each offer great ways to do it. They are two of the most appealing electric SUVs, and each is available in a powerful model with a 0-100 km/h time of around 3.5 seconds. The Kia can be found for much less money and comes with the assurance of an extensive dealer network for easy maintenance. The Tesla has a proven track record and gives you access to a wider charging network. Only your own priorities can tell you which set of traits is right for you.

See also: The 2022 Kia EV6 vs. the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4: Which electric SUV is better?


                      2022 Kia EV6                        2023 Tesla Model Y 
Starting Price        $48,500                             $65,990 
Popular Powertrains 
Engine                Electric motor                      Dual electric motors 
Horsepower            225 hp                              447 hp 
Torque                258 lb-ft                           376 lb-ft 
Transmission          1-speed direct drive                1-speed direct drive 
Fuel Economy          134 city/101 hwy/117 combined MPGe  131 city/117 hwy/125 combined MPGe 
Maximum Range         310 miles                           330 miles 
Also Available        Dual-motor, AWD                     Performance model 
Basic Warranty        5 years/60,000 miles                4 years/50,000 miles 
Powertrain Warranty   10 years/100,000 miles              4 years/50,000 miles 
Battery Warranty      10 years/100,000 miles              8 years/100,000 miles 
Max Seating Capacity  5                                   5 
Wheelbase             114.2 inches                        113.8 inches 
Overall Length        184.3 inches                        187 inches 
Width                 74.0 inches                         83.8 inches 
Height                60.8 inches                         64 inches 
Turning Diameter      38.2 feet                           TBD 
Headroom, Front       39.0 inches                         41.0 inches 
Headroom, Rear        38.0 inches                         39.4 inches 
Legroom, Front        42.4 inches                         41.8 inches 
Legroom, Rear         39.0 inches                         40.5 inches 
Shoulder Room, Front  57.8 inches                         56.4 inches 
Shoulder Room, Rear   55.6 inches                         54 inches 
Cargo Volume          24.4/50.2 cubic feet                30.2/72.1 cubic feet 

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