2016 Model S

2017 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: Telsa Model S adds new topline trims for 2017. The 100D is capable of 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and has an EPA estimated range of 335 miles. Tesla claims the P100D with Ludicrous Speed Upgrade is capable of 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. LED headlights are newly available. The Tesla Model S is an all-electric premium midsize 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. Available features include HEPA air filtration, adjustable air suspension, and rear-facing jump seats for children. Full Self-Driving Capability is an option that Tesla claims, “…able to conduct short and long trips with no action required by the person in the driver’s seat.” However, there is a disclaimer about the legality of the system. 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 249 to 335 miles–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.

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 75: $69,500
AWD 75D: $74,500
AWD 90D: $87,500
AWD 100D: $92,500
AWD P100D: $134,500

Base Engine
electric motors
Horsepower
315-680
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range
92-102 MPGe
EPA Hwy Range
100-107 MPGe

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2017 Tesla Model S