2016 Tesla Model S

Pros: Head-turning looks; surprisingly robust acceleration; low per-mile operating costs

Cons: Steep pricing; limited availability; unknown long-term reliability

CG Says: Tesla Model S has revised styling for 2016. The onboard charger has been upgraded for faster charging. The Tesla Model S is an all-electric 4-door sedan with room for a total of 7 passengers (5 adults in the first two seating rows and two children in optional jump seats in the cargo area). The rear-drive Model S uses electric motors hooked to the rear wheels through a single-speed transmission. All-wheel drive versions add another electric motor to drive the front wheels. An electric car doesn’t suit everyone–especially when it starts at about $70,000–but the Model S is an impressive effort. It’s plenty roomy for four adults, the interior is well thought out, ride and handling are exceptional, and performance is terrific (especially in the top-line performance models). Furthermore, its “fuel” costs are far lower than in any comparable gas vehicle, and the EPA-estimated range is 234 to 265 miles–by far the longest of any electric car. However, use all that range and recharge times can get long unless you’re at one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations, which cuts the times considerably and is free to owners.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Tesla
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 70: $70,000
AWD 70D: $75,000
AWD 90D: $85,000
AWD P90D: $108,000

Base Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
329-691
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
88-101 MPGe
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
90-106 MPGe

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2016 Tesla Model S