Tesla Roadster vs Tesla Model S

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2011 Tesla Roadster
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2017 Tesla Model S
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Expert Reviews

Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2011 Tesla Roadster
No Expert Reviews
2017 Tesla Model S
Keith Barry Preview:

Tesla may be famous for “upgrading” its existing electric cars with over-the-air software updates, but new model years can still bring major changes—even for a nontraditional automaker...

User Reviews and User Rankings

User Rankings by Category

Users ranked cars they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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      Based on rankings.
      2011 Tesla Roadster
      No User Reviews
      2017 Tesla Model S
      Power Ranked 2016 Volvo S60 better.
      "While the Tesla Model S accelerates instantly and quicker, the Volvo S60 has a turbocharger with noise to enjoy. On the other hand, its top speed is at 143mph, probably faster on the 5-cylinder engine which beats the Tesla Model S 75Ds 140mph."
      Handling Ranked 2016 Volvo S60 worse.
      "With electric cars on the rise, the Tesla Model S sits on top of its battery and has a very low center of gravity. It handles better than any car with an engine in front."
      Looks/Style Ranked 2016 Volvo S60 better.
      "In terms of styling, the Volvo S60 is simpler. The cockpit has changing speedometer themes unlike the Tesla."
      Front Seats Ranked 2016 Volvo S60 worse.
      "In the Tesla, you are greeted with a large and new infotainment screen."
      Back Seats Ranked 2016 Volvo S60 better.
      "More legroom, the windows had sunshades, and the seat heat is accessible from the rear console unlike in the Tesla where it is only from the front screen."
      Cargo Capacity Ranked 2016 Volvo S60 worse.
      "The Tesla Model S has a larger trunk plus a front one."
      Family Car Ranked 2016 Volvo S60 worse.
      "More cargo room, also has the option of two rear-facing seats making it able to carry seven."
      Value Ranked 2016 Volvo S60 better.
      "As both cars are mid-sized sedans with the same amount of luxury depending on what you select, the Volvo S60 is better in value as a brand new one will normally cost thirty to forty grand cheaper than a brand new Model S."
      Would Buy Ranked 2016 Volvo S60 worse.
      "I would always choose an electric car over the petrol engine."


      2011 Tesla Roadster
      2017 Tesla Model S
      Powertrain 1-Speed Automatic
      Fuel Economy, City -- --
      Fuel Economy, Highway -- --
      Fuel Tank Volume -- --
      Fuel Type
      288 hp @ 6,000 RPM
      295 lb-ft @ 5,100 RPM
      ABS Brakes Standard --
      Driver Airbag Standard --
      Passenger Airbag Standard --
      Comfort and Convenience
      Leather Seats Standard --
      Air Conditioning Standard --
      CD Player Standard --
      Radio Standard --
      Power Windows Standard --
      Power Door Locks Standard --
      Driver Power Seats Standard --
      Passenger Power Seats Standard --
      Maximum Seating 2 seats --
      Front Legroom 42 in --
      Back Legroom -- --
      Length 155.4 in --
      Width 72.9 in --
      Height 44.4 in --
      Wheelbase 92.6 in --

      Available Options

      2011 Tesla Roadster

      Exterior Colors

      • Arctic White
      • Brilliant Yellow
      • Electric Blue
      • Fusion Red
      • Glacier Blue
      • Jet Black
      • Lightning Green
      • Obsidian Black
      • Racing Green
      • Radiant Red
      • Sterling Silver
      • Thunder Gray
      • Twilight Blue
      • Very Orange

      Option Packages

      • Clear Coat Carbon Fiber Body Accents
      • Custom Tuned Adjustable Suspension
      • Executive Leather & Carbon Fiber PKG
      • Executive Leather PKG
      • Paint Armor
      2017 Tesla Model S

      Exterior Colors

      • Deep Blue Metallic
      • Midnight Silver Metallic
      • Obsidian Black Metallic
      • Pearl White Multi-Coat
      • Red Multi-Coat
      • Silver Metallic
      • Solid Black

      Option Packages

      • Premium Sound
      • Smart Air Suspension
      • Premium Upgrades Package
      • Subzero Weather Package
      • Enhanced Autopilot
      • Full Self-Driving Capability
      • Black, Leather Seat Trim
      • Tan, Leather Seat Trim
      • Ultra White, Synthetic Leather Seat Trim
      • Rear-Facing Seats
      • Sunroof
      • Wheels: 19" Silver Cyclone
      • Wheels: 21" Grey Turbine
      • Wheels: 21" Silver Turbine

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