The popularity of the Tesla Model S is reflected in the fact that this dedicated EV with cutting edge technology also retains the highest resale value among vehicles in this category. But it's not just the electric propulsion or fast replenishment from Tesla supercharging stations that are the secrets to retaining value. Rather, it's in the innovative approach that the company has taken to upgrading the vehicle over its life through overnight downloads that have enhanced the car's features including semi-autonomous auto pilot functions.
While the Tesla Model S projects a high-tech image, it also pay attention to the basics, offering a comfortable cabin, striking looks and seamless operation in a package that is extremely fun to drive as evidenced by the standard model's 0-60 mph acceleration of just 4.4 seconds. Upgrade to the more powerful all-wheel drive P85D and you'll see 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Engage "Ludicrous" mode and that number drops below the 3-second mark. In addition, the Tesla Model S promises in excess of 200 miles range on a single charge, with EPA estimates varying from 230 to 253 miles depending on model.
In addition to rivaling conventional sport sedans in performance, the 2016 Tesla Model S has a surprising high level of functionality thanks to its 5-passenger liftback cabin that has a generous cargo area. For even more utility, Tesla offers two additional kid-sized rear-facing jumpseats in the rear. Pricing for the Tesla Model S starts at $75,000 for the base Model 70D plus $1,200 destination. The car is also eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.