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The 17 Best Tesla Model Y & Model 3 Accessories

Updated

In my eyes, there are two kinds of accessories to add to your Tesla: essential or optional upgrades. Tesla strangely omits many accessories I feel should have already been included with the car purchase so it can be frustrating that you even have to buy these. The other type are purely upgrades–it enhances comfort or visual appeal of the car in a way, but is not completely necessary.

In my eyes, there are two kinds of accessories to add to your Tesla: essential or optional upgrades. Tesla strangely omits many accessories I feel should have already been included with the car purchase so it can be frustrating that you even have to buy these. The other type are purely upgrades–it enhances comfort or visual appeal of the car in a way, but is not completely necessary.

I’ve been driving this car for over nine months now and will run you through the accessories I tested on the Model Y, many of which also fit on the Model 3, and let you know what I think is worth buying, as well as some you should avoid altogether. I also tested other camping-specific accessories that appear only on our Tesla Camping Guide.

BMZX – 2nd row center console organizer

BMZX - Tesla silicone organizer box / trash can

They call it a 2nd row console organizer, but to me it is a back seat trash bin and this thing completely improved my experience using the car. Having a dedicated trash bin meant no more random paper scraps, napkins, or food containers getting stashed in places it shouldn’t be.

Much of the car is covered in a black felt type material that isn’t the easiest to clean if food or other liquids get stuck to it. Having this silicone, easy to dump and easy to wash container helps keep the car organized is worth it. The price is quite steep at $40 but I’ve yet to find a better solution for my car trash.

Fits the Model Y only.

Basenor – center console organizer tray

Basenor - Tesla sliding center console tray

The center console below the car’s touchscreen is pretty spacious, and if you’re to really make use of all the space in there it means stacking your items on top of each other. This makes it hard to access stuff since you’ll be sifting through items often.

Enter the sliding console organizer. A few other brands make it, but I love this one from Basenor. For me, this brand has a pretty good quality track record with accessories for the car so far. The organizer is felted black, matching the stock look and feel of the console area this slides into.

This one fits the Model 3 as well as the Model Y.

Basenor – armrest hidden storage box

Basenor - Tesla hidden armrest console organizer

Here’s another winner from the Basenor brand. I tried another design of this center console organizer from Taptes and it was horrible (see bottom of this post). This one from Basenor fixes the issue of the door falling out all the time in an unexpected way.

Basenor’s design has the sliding door on a track, which has two lock positions for close and open. I must say that the plastic finish on this model has lots of frayed edges, like you can clearly tell the product was injection molded, and never had the spillover filed off or sanded down.

Even with that pitfall, this product actually works. You never really have to see it, so it’s ok to overlook the finish since this thing just works.

This fits the Model Y and Model 3.

Nansure – mud flaps

Nansure - Tesla mud flaps

It seems like depending on where you live, your Tesla may come from the factory with mud flaps already installed. But here in Southern California, ours did not come with mud flaps. There are a few brands out there that seems identical, but I tried out the Nansure brand flaps to help reduce paint damage from rocks kicking up from the tires.

These were a fun and easy install. You just pop out some clips already on the car and install these flaps along the frame, locking them in with the included clips. The only gripe I had was with one of the flaps. It may be a poorly formed flap, or our car wasn’t uniform (it’s impossible to know) but one of the final clips I had to install on a flap was incredibly difficult. It required a ton of force to lock in potentially putting a lot of strain on the flap, but many months after the install, all is still good.

Fits the Model Y for year models 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Basenor – windshield sunshade

Basenor windshield shade

There are three main reasons to get a windshield shade, and its primarily to protect your dash, reduce cabin temps (thereby keeping your seats from getting super hot), and providing a little bit of privacy. I tried the windshield shades from Basenor and like their other products I’ve used, it didn’t disappoint.

You can see from the photo that it’s not 100% coverage because the product sags a bit. It stays in place by being wedged into the dash, and held up at the top by folding down your car visors. In terms of keeping the heat out, I think it does keep the steering wheel and seats from getting too hot that you need to wait before driving. However, if its hot outside, the cabin temps will inevitably hit 90 degrees plus eventually.

I have 50% windshield tint and 20% tint all around, and even with extra shades put up, nothing really keeps the heat out completely. The shades may buy you some more time, but I suspect its only a matter of a few minutes difference.

Folding these shades up takes a little getting used to. You can do it in the car if no ones sitting in the passenger seat, otherwise you’ll need to slide it out the door and fold it up. It folds easily and packs into a neat bag–it fits in the driver door and doesn’t fall out even though it sticks out a lot. All this to say, it has faults but it works, and unless you want to upgrade to an even bulkier folding type shade I don’t see any better alternatives out there. The Basenor brand is great, but I suspect all the other folding shade brands are identical to this.

Motrobe – cup holder insert

Motrobe - Tesla silicone cup holder insert

I didn’t expect much from this cup holder insert. After all, it just follows the same outline as the cup holder, what was the point? I ended up loving this thing.

One side has a smaller compartment than the other, so the item only fits in one way. The three nubs that stick out in each hole very firmly grab the cups and bottles I put into it, making it feel very secure. For many months, I used it with the Yeti from our insulated tumblers post and it works perfectly.

If you happen to spill anything, or when you just want to clean it out, it easily slides out and washes very easily as silicone does. It’s much easier than trying to clean out spilled liquids into the stock compartment without an insert. I was surprised to see that this beat out Basenor’s cup holder insert (see below for our review), and highly recommend it.

Fits Model 3 and Model Y.

Basenor – latch covers

Basenor - Tesla door latch covers

These latch covers come with eight pieces, two covers for each door. They claim it is to prevent damage or rust from the exposed metal latches on each door. Perhaps I haven’t owned the car long enough to have rust develop so I can’t say if this is really going to achieve that.

However they look good. It’s a very subtle mod to parts on the car that aren’t really exposed all the time, but it is an upgrade nonetheless.

Fair warning, that these go on much easier than they come off. I tried removing one of these and it flexes the rigid plastic a lot, and part of it broke off. You should never really need to remove it once installed though.

Fits Model 3 and Model Y.

EVFIT – performance pedal pads

EVFIT - Tesla stainless steel performance pedal covers

I bought two different brands and these pedals from EVFIT are identical to the performance pedals from Topfit—both having the Topfit brand name on the box. They’re an easy choice if you want a little bit of a visual mod to your pedals.

I must say that the installation process for these are incredibly difficult. Perhaps they designed it this way to make sure the pedals never fall off while driving, but the cutout designed on the back of these are an extremely tight fit. It requires you to really stretch out and wrangle the thick, hard, rubber on the back to fully wrap the metal pedals for installation.

Finish on the pedals could use more polish as there’s slight scratching and glue trails from manufacturing that weren’t cleaned up. I would say that at very certain angles, the reflectiveness of the pedals can draw your attention to the pedals, instead of on the road where they should be.

Fun fact: it wasn’t until installing these pedals that I realized (after six months of driving this car) that our acceleration pedal did not come with a pedal cover from the factory. I and everyone else who has driven this car didn’t notice either.

Fits Model Y and Model 3.

Spigen – Tesla matte screen protector

Spigen - matte finish screen protector for Tesla

I like having screen protectors on our devices since they inevitably get banged up or scratched, so thought it would be good to try this screen protector out for the screen on the Model Y too. Months went by without a screen protector and aside from fingerprint smudges on the screen, so this screen is probably much less susceptible to damage than say the one on our phones.

However I wanted to give this a shot anyway. I’ve tested Spigen’s EZ Fit system before and it is genius. They design a perfectly fitting plastic guide so it’s impossible to do anything but a perfectly aligned install. Spigen’s products always cost more because of this, but depending on how good you can be at a free floating installation–this might be worth it. To us, it’s worth saving the anxiety and installation is a breeze.

The main issue is with the matte finish of this product. I wanted to reduce glare a bit so went for this as it seems to be Spigen’s only finish option, however it noticeably degrades the clarity of the screen. For about a week, it really bothered me but we’ve gotten used to it. If you are nit-picky, it may bother you too.

removed Tesla Spigen screen protector

Update: A few days into using this screen protector I kind of started to get used to the haze the matte finish causes. But I definitely remembered how clear it was just before installing this. After many months of using this screen protector I wanted to try another screen protector brand (see the next item on this review!), so I removed this Spigen one for an idea of how much it hazes up the screen. It’s less pronounced when directly on the screen itself, but here’s what it looks like:

Fits Model Y and Model 3.

SUMK – glossy tempered glass screen protector

SUMK glossy Tesla screen protector

The TLDR is that if you must have a glossy screen protector, this may be your only choice. Installation is not foolproof for dead-on centering and avoiding dust, but it can be done. So if you’ve never really installed a screen protector before, or you are extremely picky requiring a perfect install, something like the Spigen protector above may serve you better.

There are almost no options for glossy screen protectors for the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 and I have no idea why. For other devices, Spigen usually has both matte and glossy options, like many other manufacturers do. But I finally found this glossy Tesla screen protector from SUMK and wanted to try it. I used the Spigen one for many months and it did its job of protecting the screen (see above), but I never loved the hazy appearance it added to the screen.

Installation: So I removed it and installed the one from SUMK. For around $23, this screen protector is not bad, but it could be better. I’m definitely spoiled by the system Spigen developed for installing screen protectors, leaving zero room for installation error. SUMK tries to achieve this with these four silicone guides that are peel and stick. The instructions aren’t 100% clear on what orientation to stick them to your screen, but after reading through the later steps, it’s more obvious how to use these.

The user is meant to place the screen protector on the guides which has it hovering over the screen surface giving you a chance to align the guides until it’s perfect before finally pressing to adhere the glass. The problem is that you can’t really move the guides around in a meaningful way so I ended up sort of manually aligning the screen protector and it came out fine.

screen protector silicone guides and dust

Dust: Another problem with installing this is that there isn’t a great way to hold the screen protector while removing the film that goes over the sticky side of glass. You want to avoid touching the exposed glue so you either need another person to help with this installation, or you can hold the screen protector against a surface to stabilize it as you peel the extremely static-filled and dust-attracting film. It’s a less than elegant installation process that introduced dust onto the sticky side that is impossible to remove.

I’ve designed, produced, and installed my own screen protectors for 10+ years so I’ve definitely had enough practice. I know every screen protector installation situation can be unique, but let’s just say that if you’re a perfectionist this product is going to take some extra patience to get right. It’s pretty hard to photograph to show the clarity of this, but the image quality is MUCH clearer than the Spigen matte protector.

Fits Model Y and Model 3.

CarQiWireless – steering wheel tray

CarQiWireless - Tesla steering wheel tray

It looks silly, and it feels silly whipping this steering wheel tray out each time. But it works. This plastic table is hollow inside so it’s relatively light, but it slides under the steering wheel and rests on itself. The way it stays on is a bit unsettling, but it held all of our meals just fine without any spills.

I’ve ended up using it a lot over the past few months as its a great way to keep greasy or crumby foods from getting all over the car. For storage, this steering wheel tray fits diagonally in the trunk’s two open compartments too so its not sliding around when not in use. Easy to use, easy to store, and wash with soap when needed. If you regularly eat or need a desktop in your car this tray is an easy choice.

Fits all Tesla models Y, 3, X, S.

BMZX / Topfit – folding tray for food & laptops

BMZX Tesla food tray / seat tray

Let’s get it out of the way. This folding tray from BMZX is expensive–four times as expensive as the CarQiWireless plastic tray we tested above. To be clear, I purhcased the BMZX brand, but it is stamped with “Topfit”. I’m sure it’s identical to this tray from Topfit.

Instead of hooking onto the steering wheel, this hefty, folding seat tray feels much more substantial, and its much heavier than the CarQiWireless. The surface area is much larger, and it feels much more secure when eating on it. And since it rests on two armrests on your left and right it feels actually strong enough to support the weight of a laptop if you wanted to work on it.

It’s easy to wipe down and fold up when you’re done, but there’s no real good spot to keep it in the cabin unless you throw it in the backseat on the floor. So I keep it in the trunk in the thin compartment where the charger bag is stored. Overall I really like this product so if you spend a lot of time eating or working in your car it may very well be worth the high price tag.

Taptes – all-weather floor mats (front & back seats)

Taptes - all-weather floor mats

The original Tesla floor mats are carpet and like a sponge. Even if you don’t regularly camp with your Tesla, and don’t live in rainy or muddy areas, even regular use will have these carpet mats soaking everything up. This was not acceptable to us and its disappointing Tesla even comes with these mats.

I wanted to try out the very popular 3D MAXpider mats for the Model Y but there seemed to be many other brands with identical designs, in the same material, without the unsightly logo. I gave the Taptes mats a shot which fits the Model Y only. The fit is about 90-95%. It’s good enough but could be a better fit around the edges at some parts.

The part of the mat that goes up the front wall in the front seats don’t sit flush against the car wall/floor so it’s a bit odd there’s a gap visually, but it hasn’t caused any real issues yet. I’m not sure if other brands solve all these problems, but if you’re looking to save $20-30, these are a solid choice.

This fits Model Y only.

LEIMO – lifting jack pads

LEIMO - Tesla jack lifting pads

Since the whole bottom of the car is covered in batteries underneath, you can’t just use a normal jack anywhere at the risk of breaking a part of the underside not meant to carry the car’s weight. There are four designated spots on the bottom of the car where you can use a jack and it should be used with lifting jack pads to disperse the weight.

If you need to make any mods on your car at home, using lifting jack pads are a must. These are well built jack pads with a very nice case.

These pads will fit any Tesla models 3, Y, S, X.

Basenor – cup holder insert (not recommended)

Basenor - spring-loaded cup holder insert

The concept of this cup holder insert made sense to me. Reduce the gap or put pressure on any cups, bottles or cans you put in here so they rattle less. In actual use of this, it didn’t really provide much benefit.

Maybe if you only drink out of plastic water bottles it has an added benefit (but really you should consider switching to a reusable water bottle), but the springy part that puts tension on the drinking vessel is too weak, and not grippy enough to really make any noticeable difference. I’d avoid this and go for the silicone liner I tested (see above).

Fits Model Y and Model 3.

Vliigts – cabin camera cover

Tesla camera slide cover

If you ever have an eerie feeling of a camera being on you while driving your Tesla, you’re not alone. Yes, I know Tesla claims that these interior cameras never leave the car but it just doesn’t feel right to me, so I slapped on a camera cover on it. I used the one from Vliigts brand and it works, but in all honesty these are probably all very similar as long as they are large enough for this camera.

The adhesive hasn’t come off, or the slider hasn’t come off even though the surface it adheres to is semi curved, which is great. I got the slider in case I ever “needed” to open it up for full self driving which may require this, but I have never actually needed to open this cover. I’ve read that the car’s cabin camera can be used to watch you to see if you’re paying attention to the road, or if you’re futzing around on your phone and ping you to “move the steering wheel” to prove you’re paying attention.

They say if you have the camera covered, the car doesn’t know if you’re paying attention and can ping you more often. So far this hasn’t been an issue for me, but use this at your own discretion!

Fits Model 3 and Model Y.

Taptes – armrest organizer (not recommended)

Taptes - Tesla armrest hidden organizer

This center console / armrest organizer from Taptes was infuriating. Out of the box and in photos it looks nice, yes. The concept is fine, and the plastic finish is actually nice (something you don’t appreciate until you see rough edges on others like the other, better rated, console organizer I tested).

The problem with it is the overly engineered door that stays on via magnets. It’s neat, until you try to use it. The door pops off in an unpredictable way each time and you have to catch it or else it will fall into the compartment, on the floor, or otherwise. Definitely not something you should use without looking, while driving, and really ever since there are better designs to buy from other companies.

Fits the Model 3 and Model Y, however you should avoid at all costs.

 

Bryan Vu, Editor

Bryan is our cooking and kitchen expert, with more than 15 years of experience of cooking and testing kitchen products. When outside of the kitchen, he enjoys woodworking, photography, videography and figuring out how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. He thoroughly enjoys discovering the best, whether it’s ingredients or equipment, and finding products that can stand the rigors of daily use.