Like any other big purchase, after picking up my Tesla my attention quickly turned to what Model Y accessories to buy. Thankfully there are plenty of great ways to improve your ride, many of which are very affordable additions. From protecting this expensive asset to flat out vanity, here are my favourite Model Y accessories so far.
NOTE: This list was compiled for my 2020 Tesla Model Y. I made an updated list for my 2022 Model Y which you can find here:
Tesmanian Floor Mats
Even though the Model Y is a high-end vehicle, its factory floor mats are not. So, one of the first Model Y accessories I purchased was Tesmanian floor mats.
I went with the full package to protect the front driver and passenger seats as well as the back passengers. This also comes with trunk, frunk, and under trunk storage area mats. The fit is perfect and so very necessary, especially if you live in a wet climate as I do.
With my clean Tesmanian mats installed, I found my stock pedals really stuck out, but not in a good way. To fix this, I purchased these Silver Performance Pedal Covers. This is an easy way to add a bit of flair. They look so much better than the stock pedals in my opinion.
If you bought a Tesla Model 3 prior to 2021 you’ll be subject to the piano black finish on the console. Despite its classy look, it’s a fingerprint magnet. Tesla acknowledges this and went with matt black finish on its newer models. Those that have the piano black, however, can cover it up with a vinyl wrap.
I went with an ABS cover as it is so much easier to install. No fussing with water or removal of air bubbles. Just line it up and slap it on. Goodbye fingerprints.
Speaking of fingerprints, the next Model Y accessory I bought was a screen protector from Elon Accessories. On top of reducing fingerprint smudges, the matte finish reduces glare. As the name suggests. it also protects the screen from potential scratches and damage.
READ MORE: The Best Tesla Model 3/Y Screen Protectors Compared
Steering Wheel Tray
Another Elon Accessories purchase I made was a steering wheel tray. Although it’s just a ridiculous piece of plastic, it’s actually incredibly functional.
While waiting to charge I am able to attach it and work on my laptop comfortably. To make it even easier to use, I set up an “Office” profile to ensure the seat is set up for better economics.
I intend to get plenty of use out of this when I “Workation” my way across the country in the future. Stay tuned!
Sentry Mode Drive
The first Model Y accessories I purchased was an SSD hard drive. This is essential if you want to save any dashcam or Sentry Mode footage. I use the Samsung T5 500 GB drive to store my Lightroom catalogue and love it for its durability and compact size. I ended up upgrading that to 1TB and using my old Samsung T5 500 GB drive for Sentry Mode.
After posting this, however, I was turned on to the fact that SSD drives do not have a great lifespan for this type of use. The cameras are constantly recording and thus writing to the drive a lot. The Samsung SSD is only rated to 150 TBW (terabytes written) whereas high-endurance micro-SD cards, like the Samsung PRO Endurance card, are around 5,000 TBW. This means you will get a lot more life out of using a high or pro endurance micro-SD. On top of that, they are smaller and use less power.
Both can be used but I will certainly be swapping out my used SSD drive for the micro-SD and card reader combo below:
Garbage Bag Holder
After just a few days of ownership, I realized I missed gas stations, just not for the gas. After road tripping around Quebec, I was starting to pile up garbage and tossing it in the back seat. My shiny new Model Y quickly started to feel like my college beater.
Now on road trips, this would all be disposed of while filling up at gas stations. With an EV, this becomes an interesting problem.
To remedy this on future trips, I found this great backseat garbage bag holder.
This attaches to the backseat pocket and features magnetic clips and automatic light. On top of using it for road trips, this Model Y accessory is good for those looking to make money renting their Tesla out on Turo or using it to drive for Lyft or Uber.
Note: This item has a big “3” on it as it is intended for the Tesla Model 3. I was able to take it apart and reverse it so the 3 is facing the back. There’s also a Model Y version.
Door Lock Covers
This model Y accessory is an odd but effective one. With the Model Y came the chrome delete that many Model 3 owners went out of their way to do. One spot Tesla neglected is the door hinges and hardware. The silver really sticks out and these cover them up. This kit comes with covers for all four doors and two latches.
Another cheap but effective accessory is this easy addition for hidden storage. It installs in the centre console and provides a hidden compartment for things like spare keys, cards, and a convenient spot to hide your Quick Bandit removable licence plate key.
Quick Bandit Licence Plate Holder
Speaking of the Quick Bandit, this Model Y accessory was a must for me. Since I intend to take plenty of pictures of my ride, being able to remove the licence plate is a must. The Quick Bandit offers a solution for easily removing your license plate in seconds. This also avoids any unnecessary glue residue from the factory plate holder or worse, screwing into your bumper to attach your front license plate.
Bonus Model Y Accessories!
As highlighted in my post on Tesla issues and the affordable accessories that fix them, there are a few more favourites to add to this list!
Looking to prevent curb rash, something I never experienced before driving a Tesla, I installed these Rim Protectors. They cost roughly $170 CAD and are backed by a 5-year warranty that includes replacement if damaged!
For those that say drive better, living in a city and having rims that stick out past the rim, this is inevitable!
Lifting Jack Pad
Now, this next item isn’t necessarily an issue with Tesla vehicles, it’s just something that would be good for them to include. Since the entire underside of the car is one large battery pack, using a traditional jack can damage it. This doesn’t mean you can not lift the car to replace a tire, it just means you need a special pad to do it safely. Thankfully, these are readily available online.
Although you get away with buying just one pad, this set of four if affordable and comes in a carry case.
As mentioned in my post on Tesla issues and the accessories that fix them, the standard offering of USB ports is limited. That’s where Jeda Hub comes in. Not only does it expand your front console ports from two to five, but it also includes a concealed area for your sentry mode drive with a bonus USB port!
Another simple fix to a common Tesla Model 3 and Model Y issue is adding decals to the door buttons. Why is this an issue? Besides helping out confused passengers who are not familiar with how to open the doors from the inside, this will help prevent people from pulling the manual override lever which can actually damage your door over time. Tesla even acknowledges this issue and has added decals to its newer versions of the Model 3 and Model Y. For those with older Model’s (like me), adding these simple decals can help. Even more important if you use your Tesla for car sharing!
What Model Y Accessories Am I Missing??
There you have it, my favourite Model Y accessories to date. From custom fit floor mats to the vanity pedals, these are easy things you can do to spiff up your brand new Tesla model Y.
Am I missing any Model Y accessories? I intend to follow up with another batch of accessories so let me know in the comments below but I need to buy next!
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GEMDecember 13, 2020 at 8:01 pm
I love the matching Topfit black matte dashboard cover to cover up the faux woodgrain dash. Other things to look into are USB hubs (Jeda looks the best, but they’ve been awful about shipping/order delays). Or if you have an iPhone 12 pro or mini, the wireless charging pad in the Model Y does not work reliably. I found TEMAI’s Model Y wireless charging pad is the best. Jeda did not work well with the mini despite their claims. There’s also a lot of interest in phone mounts. I’ve seen some sleek versions that look seamless, but they don’t work with my dash cover (TEMAI’s looks really nice as an example).
Shaun RobertsonDecember 14, 2020 at 5:37 am
Thanks! I will have to check out the dashboard cap although I actually really like the wood. I included the Jeda hub in my post on accessories that fix Tesla issues. In this case, it is for the security of the Sentry Mode drive, something Tesla acknowledges and changed to glovebox refreshed MOdel 3 and Y’s.
I will have to check out Temai’s stuff too. Thanks!
James CMarch 4, 2021 at 8:20 pm
It’s a reusable air freshener! Got mine at http://www.fresh3y.com
Shaun RobertsonMarch 6, 2021 at 2:37 am
Nice! I will try it out and add to my next list if I like it!
JonMarch 8, 2022 at 7:32 am
It’s a very enjoyable article. Do you have any recommendations about custom fitted car seat covers for the model Y to improve comfort lumbar support as well as protect the seats? Thanks.
Shaun RobertsonMarch 8, 2022 at 9:09 am
Thanks Jon. I have not tried any seat covers but did install a seat massager. It is a bit gimmicky but do find it does help my back on long road trips.