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2013 Tesla Model S Review
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best car I have ever owned ,eco friendly no gasoline, charges in my garage and on road very low maintenance
vs2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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Looks/Style Ranked 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class worse.
"the way its built"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class worse.
"no engine so there a lot more space"
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It's A Tesla — We just moved from Boston to Vermont where I have less use for the Tesla. In Boston it was a terrific car to drive around the city and highways year round. What I love most about the Tesla is that when I have to get in the car and drive somewhere 30-40 miles I see it as a pleasure rather than a chore. It's that fun to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: It's a Tesla and it's awesome. Quick acceleration, no gas obviously, gets 225-250 miles per full charge, seats 7 (2 have to be kids ages 12 and under) with the optional back seat I purchased, front storage is key, etc.

Cons: Because of the flat bottom it doesn't like "powder days" on back roads.  In other words, while its fine on snow days where other cars are traveling, you don't want to be "first tracks" in a foot of snow.

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2013 Tesla Model S PerformanceReview
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Future Is Here With Tesla S — I must admit I'm smitten with the Tesla S P85. Found I wasn't driving my other cars. Ended up selling my Porsche 4GTS, my BMW Alpina B-7 and my RangeRover. They just are old school. Handling and performance of the Tesla is inspiring. Once you master the recharging game, you've got it. The acceleration blows most cars away and each day is a new fun experience.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Amazing power up to 80 MPH.  Recon system improves braking and overall control. Not having to go to a gas station is a big positive. On board computer is state of art and makes other cars obsolete.  Handling is certainly impressive and braking is the best I've seen. The build quality is first class and design competes with the best available.

Cons: Interior spartan and missing several options as self close doors, center console, weak interior storage and zero storage in doors, whimpy  sun visors, no grab bars, back up camera has no lane marking. Sound system needs much better upgrade. Had to go to after market for center console and sound system upgrade. Should'nt have to for the price to pay for Tesla Performance S P85.

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2013 Tesla Model S PerformanceReview
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Game-changing Luxury, Performance, Style, And Comfort That Just Happens To Be Electric. —

The Tesla Model S is a car that will surprise most people who ride in it or drive it. It handles incredibly well and can out-accelerate an M5 or 911. With no engine, there's not only the large hatch/trunk, but a full front trunk as well, giving it amazing cargo-carrying capacity. It can hold 5 adults comfortable, and can be configured with an additional 2 smaller (kid only) jumpseats in the rear hatch, giving it a 5+2 configuration. The fact that it's electric is a huge bonus for many, but an area of concern for others. Depending on the battery capacity you buy with the car, it can get as far as 250-260 miles on a charge, which is more than enough for most families' typical day. Plug it in when you're done at home, and it's full again the next morning... so in fact we spend less time "fueling" our Model S than my wife does fueling her Lexus RX-450h... she has to plan stops for gas, even for just 5 minutes or so, and I've never had to take time to fuel either of my Teslas as they simply are always charging at home, and always ready the next morning. Yes, it can take 2-8 hours to charge depending on what charger and amperage you set up in your garage, but since this is happening at night, it doesn't actually cost you any net time. But this DOES make a difference if you want to regularly take 500 mile road trips... may not be the car for you. Tesla's Supercharger Network is currently on major highways in California (only for now), and those chargers can fill the car in 15-30 minutes while you eat a meal (and they're free), but they're only on key interstate highways... so be aware it may not be the perfect car for the road-tripper. But as a family car with typical duties, as a commuter, as a luxury city or suburban car, it's outstanding. In addition, by virtue of its upgradable software features and its massive 17" control touchscreen, the car gets new features and updates regularly (3 times already in the 8 weeks I've owned it), and that makes it a car that actually increases its functionality and utility as time goes on. It's really a remarkable car that surprises you in many ways and really blows out the traditional thinking about what an electric car can be. This is a no-compromise class-leading luxury car that does virtually everything well that just happens to be electric.

Pros: Very comfortable car with class-topping acceleration and handling, SUV-like storage capacity, great comfort, and unique electronics and software features

Cons: Not for everyone... it's an expensive car, and while it has fantastic range as electric cars go (unprecedented actually), it's not a car for long trips until Tesla supercharger network is complete.

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Amazing. — This car is the future, very happy to be driving it every day! Already did a trip to Miami and back without any problems. Once there are more charging options it will be a viable road trip car. But for now it works with a little bit of planning.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Speed and all-electric.

Cons: Charging infrastructure is not developed yet.

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2013 Tesla Model S Performance Review
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vs2007 Cadillac STS V8 RWD
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Family Car Ranked 2007 Cadillac STS V8 RWD worse.
"Plenty of room in cargo area and front trunk"
2013 Tesla Model S 85 Review
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WOW! This car checks all the boxes! Not asked about braking, but had to panic stop when driving the model S It stops as fast as it goes!
vs2013 BMW 5 Series 528i Sedan RWD
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Power Ranked 2013 BMW 5 Series 528i Sedan RWD worse.
"Thrust!!!"
Handling Ranked 2013 BMW 5 Series 528i Sedan RWD worse.
"No lean or drama whatso ever at 90mph. Went over railroad tracks at 44mph-like glass..."
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2013 Tesla Model S 60 Review
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vs2013 Tesla Model S 60
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Power Ranked 2013 Tesla Model S 60 worse.
"N/A"
Looks/Style Ranked 2013 Tesla Model S 60 worse.
"22 wheels"
Back Seats Ranked 2013 Tesla Model S 60 worse.
"3rd seat"
Family Car Ranked 2013 Tesla Model S 60 worse.
"A great local in town car"
2013 Tesla Model S 40 Review
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This is a very unique car limited 40/60 kWh which you can upgrade at anytime.
vs2013 Tesla Model S 60
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Power Ranked 2013 Tesla Model S 60 worse.
"N/A"
Looks/Style Ranked 2013 Tesla Model S 60 worse.
"22 wheels"
Back Seats Ranked 2013 Tesla Model S 60 worse.
"3rd seat"
Family Car Ranked 2013 Tesla Model S 60 worse.
"A great local in town car"
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2013 Tesla Model S Performance Review
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Excellent car. Even setting aside the incredible fuel economy (as this is not an economy car), the electric platform with the battery as the floor of the car and the motor low between the rear wheels, the handling is superb for this size car, and goes well with the rocketship acceleration. The technology available in the car, including the software updates that improve it as you go, keep it fresh. Some people complain about the spartan interior compared to similar models, but I like the clean, almost scandinavian lines. The seats could be more supportive, the sound system a little less bright sounding, but this is a fantastic car.
vs2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 63 AMG
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Front Seats Ranked 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 63 AMG better.
"Tesla front seats are thin and not as supportive as the massively padded ones in the E Class."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 63 AMG worse.
"Teslas rear cargo area is enormous, and with no motor in the front, the under-hood storage is large as well."
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2014 Tesla Model S Reviews

My Wife And I Both Love The Car By ray9771

Takes a while to learn all the capabilities. The car is continually improved via software downloads. The buying experience and driving experience is outstanding. Brakes should last 300,000 miles du... Read More

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