Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

About Tesla Model S

Designed and built in California, the new 2017 Tesla Model S offers families emissions-free driving, available all-wheel drive, seating for seven, well over 300 miles of range and a long list of unique features including autonomous capability. With performance capabilities that embarrass some supercars and pricing well in line with most full-size luxury sedans, this 4-door hatchback reigns as the world’s fastest and most popular all-electric high-performance luxury sedan. And it has been improved for 2017 with a new look, upgrades to its infotainment system and even greater range. Tesla has also continued to improve upon its own network of Supercharger charging stations, now in all 48 contiguous states as well as southern Canada and includes over 840 locations and nearly 5,500 chargers.

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2017 Tesla Model S
What's new for 2017?
2017 Tesla Model S

Tesla has ditched the faux grille on the face of the Model S. For 2017 the sedan gets a new look with a more daring grille-less design and revised headlights. There is also a new HEPA air-filtration system for the interior.

2016 Tesla Model S
What's new for 2016?
2016 Tesla Model S

The latest Model S includes a new, lower priced rear-drive 70 trim, a 90kWh upgrade for the P85D that increases range by six percent and a new Ludicrous mode that bumps the Model S’s zero-to-60-mph time to a ridiculous 2.8 seconds.

2015 Tesla Model S
What's new for 2015?
2015 Tesla Model S

Tesla updates its cars more like Apple updates its iPhones, issuing software updates frequently, and the occasional gotta-have-it hardware changes whenever it darn well feels like it. This year, along with the software, is the new all-wheel-drive P85D that literally offers "Insane" acceleration, while the 70D becomes the new base model.

2014 Tesla Model S
What's new for 2014?
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla model year changes do not coincide with updates and improvements. Rather, Tesla simply adds features and options as they become technically feasible. Hence the center console data screen shows fields for blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning and all-wheel drive, all desirable, but with none not yet offered on the 2014 car.

2013 Tesla Model S
What's new for 2013?
2013 Tesla Model S

For 2013, the Model S now has the ability to receive over the air software updates, providing buyers with new features and services as they become available.

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Consumer Reviews

The future of automobiles

By on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Super fast, low operating cost, handling practical"

Cons: "Overall quality still not at Audi RS7 levels"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Tesla has managed a momentous achievement by building a new car company in an industry with high barriers to entry. In the process, it has changed the automotive landscape with this exceptional car. Superb handling, unmatched acceleration, advanced technology, comfort, and unrivaled practicality and available in one vehicle. Have owned 50+ vehicles over the years, and nothing compares to the Model S on an overall basis. Time saved by virtually no maintenance and no gas station stops, plus electricity for charging costing less than 10% (averaging with use of superchargers) of premium fuel for comparable vehicles make the vehicle a rational financial decision. My wife bought a P100D, and I was so impressed bought another for myself. Tesla is still losing billions of dollars, but Elon Musk is a brilliant business person with a long-term plan, and is likely to pull this off"

13 people out of 13 found this review helpful

A Glimpse into the Future of Automobiles

By on Monday, February 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Simplicity of the system and environmental benefit"

Cons: "None so far but I drive less than 100 miles daily"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After driving 2 electrics vehicles for more than a year I have come to the conclusion that the future of automobiles is electric. I lease a Fiat 500e to go back and forth to the golf course and bought a Tesla 70 for my wife. We drive the Tesla whenever we go out for its comfort and style. Here are the pros and cons of electric cars after one year: Pros 1.They are environmentally responsible – Zero emissions 2.They are “anti-OPEC” – we will use less gas, less imported oil 3. They are economical – up to 120 MPG equivalent in the city 4.You can lease a Fiat 500e for less than $150 per month on a 3 year lease 5.They are cheaper to insure – about 20% less than a gasoline or diesel vehicle 6.There are many incentives that lower actual cost – In California rebates from the state of $2,500, a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 and a reduction in SDG&E bill of up to 30% by reclassifying your home to a lower rate 7.They are quiet – the electric motor on the Fiat emits only a slight whine 8.You never need to buy gas – You start every day with a “full tank” 9.Tesla has installed a network of “Super Chargers” that will enable you to charge your car to 50% capacity from zero in about 25 minutes for free – other providers such as Blink Network are widely available which allow you to charge at nominal rates 10.They are mechanically very simple, so you never need to change the oil, adjust the transmission, tune up the engine, pass a smog test or replace timing belts, batteries etc. 11.Dealer check-up is only every 20,000 miles. They plug it into a computer to check all the systems. 12.They are fun to drive with great acceleration and cornering due to weight distribution 13.They are easy to park, and the Fiat 500e fits into small parking spaces. The Tesla parks itself! 14.You can apply for a special permit, which allows you to get on the freeway using the HOV lane and drive in the commuter lanes even if you are alone 15. Some facilities such as Universities and Government offices provide free preferred parking while charging your car Cons 1.Limited range – Fiat 500e will go 80 to 90 miles on a charge – Tesla P70 goes 220 miles 2.You have to plug it in every night and unplug it every morning – Tesla Requires a 220 outlet to be installed 3.They are slow to charge – it takes 12 hours to fully charge the Fiat from emptly on a 110 line – 2 Hours on a 220 line – Tesla requires 3 hours to fully charge on a 220 line 4.Commercial recharge stations are available but they are slow to fully recharge – 2 hours from empty – Tesla Superchargers will charge 50% in 20 minutes – Starbuck’s nearby! 5.Unknown battery life – manufacturers estimate 8 years -- Battery disposal may pollute the environment – Replacement batteries might be very expensive 6.Regenerative braking takes a while to get used to"

130 people out of 136 found this review helpful

Much better than my Mercedes S Class!

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "uncluttered, comfort seat/handlg, great nav system"

Cons: "none whatsoever!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has the best service of any car I have owned in the past 40 years (Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, etc.). This must be exactly why Elon Musk doesn't allow dealerships. Musk's statement "if anything goes wrong with the car I built, I need to take care of it and not charge my customers," is unheard of in today's automobile industry. The result is very happy customers and a car that is superior to any in its class! The word is that Tesla S is an expensive car, however, it costs much less than a Mercedes S class and is no more expensive than a high end BMW, Porsche, Audi, Toyota, etc. I just drove my Tesla S to the East Coast and back to the West Coast for a total of 8,200 miles. Not a single problem with my Tesla S (now at 60,000 miles) and not a single incident of range anxiety thanks to the growing network of super chargers Elon Musk built from East to West. Since the super charging for Tesla cars is for free, I got a free ride! Needless to say, my other gas guzzling cars have been in the garage for two years now since a full charge of 250+ miles for my Tesla S is less then $3,00. No need to spend money on gas for a full tank and pollute the environment! Thank you, Elon Musk! Your company is the rare bird in the automobile industry, and you are a man of great vision! My next car is . . . guess . . . a Tesla S or Tesla X."

111 people out of 118 found this review helpful

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