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This sleek, fully electric four-door luxury car seats five (or seven with the optional rear-facing jump seats). With its standard 75-kWh battery and all-wheel-drive we found its range to be 235 miles, and it can be charged in about seven hours on a dedicated Tesla connector or topped off for free at Tesla’s proprietary network of Superchargers. Performance is exceptional, with quiet, thrilling acceleration, pinpoint handling, and a firm yet comfortable ride, particularly on its 19-inch tires. The hatchback design aids versatility and the front trunk is a bonus. A huge tablet center touchscreen controls most functions but it is highly distracting. Other drawbacks include somewhat awkward access, restricted visibility, and range limitations, especially in cold weather. The AutoPilot system lets the car stay in its lane and adjust speed according to traffic.
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Road Test

The Tesla Model S rewrites the rulebook for cars. It's is a different kind of car from a different kind of planet. That planet is Silicon Valley, where this startup automaker is based. The fully electric Model S is a remarkable car that combines perf...

Highs

  • Doesn't consume any gasoline
  • Has zero emissions

Lows

  • Range still short compared to a gas car
  • Long charging times

Best Version to Get

We would get the 75D version (75 kWh battery with AWD). Luckily, the air suspension, once optional, became standard as of mid-July 2017 production. We would definitely stick to the 19-inch tires.

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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