Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S

2020 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 2020 Tesla Model S gains adaptive suspension and Tesla claims faster charging times at new V3 Supercharging stations. The Tesla Model S is an all-electric premium midsize 4-door sedan with room for five passengers. The base Long Range is capable of 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has an EPA estimated range of 370 miles. Tesla claims the Performance is capable of 0-60 in 2.4 seconds with a top speed of 163 mph. All-wheel drive is standard. 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 $80,000 (before federal tax incentive deduction)–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 model). Furthermore, its “fuel” costs are far lower than in any comparable gas vehicle, and the EPA-estimated range of 345 or 370 miles–is 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
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Tesla
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Long Range: $79,990
Performance: $99,990

Base Engine
electric motors
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (MPGe)
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)

Tesla Model S
2020 Tesla Model S
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NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - 5

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