Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S

2018 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: The 2018 Tesla Model S drops its base, rear-wheel-drive 75 model. With the deletion of the 75, all Model S versions now have all-wheel drive. 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 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. 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 $75,000–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 259 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 5 or 7
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Tesla
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 75D: $75,700
100D: $95,200
P100D: $136,200

Base Engine
electric motors
Horsepower
315-680
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
92-102
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
100-105

Tesla Model S
2018 Tesla Model S
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - 5
100%

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