If you are after more carrying capacity on your Tesla Model Y roof then you need a roof rack or cargo box.
These two additions to your Model Y provide you with lots of options in terms of what and how you can carry larger and additional objects on your Tesla. All without damaging that stunning glass roof! (For which you might need a sunshade)
Of course, it is not just roof boxes that you can put up top, you can also add bike racks or skis.
So, what are your choices when it comes to roof bars and cargo boxes for the Model Y?
Table of Contents
Roof Rack For Model Y
Even if you go for a cargo box, you will first need a roof rack on your car to hold it.
The following are the cross bars you can add to your Tesla Model Y:
Tesla Model Y Roof Rack
One of the best choices for a Tesla Model Y roof rack is the original Tesla roof rack. Obviously, it is designed specifically by Tesla for the Model Y with aerodynamics, wind noise, and fit in mind.
This roof rack comes with a 165lb load capacity and is made from powered coated Aluminum. Of course, it is not a cheap set of cross bars at $500, but you often get what you pay for.
Teslarati Roof Rack For Model Y
One of the more popular Tesla news websites online, Teslarati also has an alternative roof rack for the Tesla Model Y. It is a little cheaper at $349 and has a slightly lower load capacity of 150lbs.
Cargo Boxes For Model Y
Once you have your roof rack sorted out, you can think about what kind of cargo box you want to add to your Tesla Model Y.
Here are a few models that fit Model Y cross bars according to RackAttack (photos of them on Model Ys).
Thule Vector Medium Cargo Box
Thule dominates the car accessories market in the area of cargo, roof racks and the like. So, it’s no surprise that this Swedish giant has a box that fits the Model Y.
The Thule Vector Cargo Box is a great addition to your Tesla Model Y with its sleek curved look, which will fit the aerodynamics of the Model Y well.
It is a huge roof box that can fit a whole bunch of snowboards and skis and likewise a lot of other things you want to store on your roof. It is 35 x 12.5 x 9 inches with 13 cubic feet of storage. And, the slide-lock system is simple and smart, as are most things engineered by Thule in my experience.
Thule Canyon XT Cargo Basket
This is an open cargo basket instead of a box, but can be every bit as useful. The upside is that without the top, you have more space and volume for your stuff. But the downside is that it needs to be strapped down and is open to the elements.
The Thule Canyon XT cargo basket for the Tesla Model Y measures (inside dimensions) 41 x 39 x 5 inches and can hold up to 150 lbs.
Thule Motion XT Rooftop Box
Thule has a whole range of Rooftop boxes you can choose from. They usually come in different capacities too – 16 cubic inches and 18 cubic inches are the most common.
The Thule Motion XT is another great option and measures 77 x 36 x 17 inches, with a capacity of 165 lbs, like the Thule model above.
Yakima Grand Tour Cargo Box
Yakima is another brand worth considering for a rooftop box for your Model Y. The Grand Tour offers a large capacity and carry weight and should suit many people looking for extra capacity. It comes in three sizes, with 16 or 18 cubic inches. And they have a low-profile version as well.