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Receiving a recent freshening, this sporty four-door luxury car seats five (or seven with the optional rear-facing jump seats) and just happens to be electric. With its optional 90-kWh battery--the largest available--it has a claimed range of 294 miles. The 85-kWh P85D that we tested had a 220-mile range and can be fully charged in about 5 hours on a dedicated Tesla connector. Performance is exceptional, with thrilling acceleration, pinpoint handling, and a firm yet comfortable ride. A huge iPad-like center screen controls many functions but can be distracting. Drawbacks include tight access, restricted visibility, and range limitations, especially in cold weather. All-wheel drive and active safety features are also available. Reliability has improved to average.
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This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed, deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.

Road Test

The Tesla Model S is so revolutionary and advanced, it's like a car from another planet. That planet happens to be Silicon Valley, where this startup automaker has its headquarters and is run by the same CEO as Space X, the space exploration company...

Highs

  • Practical, luxurious, gas-free, zero-emissions electric car
  • The most capable electric car you can buy, with little range anxiety and relatively quick charge times

Lows

  • It doesn't come cheap
  • Despite the long range, you still will need to plot out longer trips, or you'll need a second car

Best Version to Get

We wouldn't talk you out of buying an uplevel Performance model, but most buyers would be plenty happy with a standard Model S. Even the basic car is super-quick and handles very well. Tesla has considerably improved the Model S's standard range and recharging capability over the last fe...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 8 year/unlimited
  • Rust through: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/50,000 miles
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • electric (328 hp)
  • electric (532 hp)
  • electric (417 hp)
  • electric (315 hp)
  • electric (463 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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