New 2017 Tesla Model S Sedan New 2017
Tesla Model S Sedan

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

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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You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a sexy, fully electric, 7-passenger, super sedan with available all-wheel drive that’s family-friendly with supercar acceleration and autonomous capability, the 2017 Tesla Model S is truly the only game in town. It’s also a hatchback with two large trunks, one in the front and one in the back.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If waiting around to charge your super sedan isn’t your style, the 2017 Tesla Model S probably isn’t for you. Although the Tesla’s range is better than ever, recharging still takes much longer than filling a gas tank. For some, the Tesla’s missing engine sounds may also be a turnoff.

What's New for 2017

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.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

If you purchase a 2017 Tesla Model S P100D electric luxury sedan, you’ll find it comes with two acceleration settings: Sport and Ludicrous. The aptly named “Ludicrous” mode unleashes the full force of the electric motor’s torque to the wheels, propelling the car to 60 mph in a scant 2.5 seconds. That not only makes the Tesla Model S P100D faster than every production luxury-performance sedan on the market, it also shames a number of exotic supercars. Incredibly that thrust comes in silence, as the mild hum of the Tesla’s electric motors replaces the traditional V8 rumble or the guttural moan of a large-displacement V12. There’s no sound. Just speed. But the Model S isn’t just some thrill ride, it’s a complete package. It’s also refined and relaxing to drive. It’s smooth and luxurious, with excellent steering feel, a comfortable ride and, thanks to the low-mounted battery, superb handling.

Favorite Features

LUDICROUS MODE
Standard on the top-of-the-line, all-wheel-drive P100D Model S, Ludicrous mode is exactly what it sounds like. Push the button and power increases radically and acceleration goes from neck-snapping to literally breathtaking. The P100D hits 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, which makes this the quickest sedan in the world.

AUTOPILOT
With Tesla’s Autopilot system the Model S will not just stop and go without direct input from the driver, but also steer. It uses a complex system of cameras and sensors as well as GPS to monitor the car’s surroundings and alert the driver if he or she needs to take control.

Vehicle Details

Interior

The interior of the new Model S is dominated by the massive 17-inch touch screen that takes up most of its dashboard and houses controls for its climate system, all infotainment and vehicle settings. It’s a masterpiece. Fast to react, simple to use and beautifully crafted. It’s the benchmark for the industry for in-cabin technology. Actually a hatchback, the Tesla Model S offers a ton of cargo space behind its rear seats. In addition, there's a supplemental front trunk, or "frunk" as Tesla calls it. All seating positions are comfortable, and visibility is excellent. Unfortunately, fit and finish can be inconsistent.

Exterior

The Tesla’s clean, uncluttered lines debuted back in 2012 and it immediately became one of the most striking cars on the road. It still is. But Tesla has decided to make some updates, ditching the faux grille on the face of the new Model S. For 2017 the sedan gets a new look with a more daring grille-less design and revised headlights. It’s a small change, but it makes a big difference. Other highlights like the car’s signature retractable door handles, which emerge when the key is nearby, and its recharging port that's hidden in the taillights, remain unchanged.

Notable Standard Equipment

The 2017 Tesla Model S luxury EV gets power heated front seats, navigation and a rearview camera as standard equipment. All models get collision avoidance with automatic emergency braking, Bluetooth, a power rear hatch, keyless entry, eight airbags, a 7-speaker/200-watt audio system with two USB inputs and a 17-inch touch screen handling climate, entertainment and vehicle controls. It also has the most advanced starter system imaginable: There's no "Start" button -- you simply climb in, shift into gear, and start driving. The 75 model is rear-wheel drive, while the 75D, 100D and P100D get standard all-wheel drive.

Notable Optional Equipment

Options on the base 75 model include a panoramic glass roof, Nappa leather, high-end audio, and an enhanced version of Tesla’s Autopilot automated driving technology. Buyers can also step up to a Full Self-Driving Capability package. An active air suspension and a Subzero package, which adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seat, heated washer nozzles and a windshield-wiper de-icer, are also available. An available Premium Package adds a HEPA air-filtration system with a bio-weapons defense mode and leather trim to the interior. Two rear-facing seats can also be added to the cargo area to increase seating capacity to seven.

Under the Hood

With the new 75, even the least expensive Tesla Model S has an estimated range of nearly 250 miles thanks to a 75-kWh battery. This new model also comes standard with rear-wheel drive. The Model S 75 is the only rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Tesla; all others come with all-wheel drive (AWD) and a dual-motor system. The Model S 75D boasts a range of 259 miles. We expect that the 100D and flagship P100D boast well over 700 horsepower -- although officially Tesla doesn’t offer specific power numbers -- and an estimated range of 335 miles for the 100D and 315 miles for the P100D.

AC electric motor with 75-kWh battery pack (Model S 75)
N/A horsepower
N/A lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway economy: 97/100 MPGe
Range with full charge: 249 miles

Dual AC electric motors with 75-kWh battery pack (S 75D)
N/A horsepower
N/A lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway economy: 102/105 MPGe
Range with full charge: 259 miles

Dual AC electric motors with 100-kWh battery pack (S 100D)
N/A combined horsepower
N/A lb-ft combined torque
EPA city/highway economy: 101/102 MPGe
Range with full charge: 335 miles

Dual AC electric motors with 100-kWh battery pack (S P100D)
N/A combined horsepower
N/A lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway economy: 92/105 MPGe
Range with full charge: 315 miles

Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.

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Pricing Notes

Excluding tax credits, the 2017 Tesla Model S 75 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $71,000, including the $1,200 destination charge. The AWD 75D starts around $76,000. For the high-horsepower Model S 100D, you’ll spend nearly $94,000 and for the P100D with its Ludicrous mode, you'll shell out over $135,000. Click all the options boxes and you'll be looking at about $150,000 worth of luxury electric vehicle, putting it in competition with "green" luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid and Porsche Panamera Hybrid instead of more commonplace electric cars like the Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf. Check the KBB Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying in your area. Kelley Blue Book isn't currently tracking residual values for the Tesla Model S because of its low production volumes, though exclusivity generally leads to higher resale value.

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