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Tesla Model S Review

The 2014 Tesla Model S ranks 2 out of 12 Super Luxury Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Tesla Model S, as well as reliability and safety data.

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With its responsive powertrain and high-tech interior, reviewers agree that the 2014 Tesla Model S excels as both an electric vehicle and a luxury car.

Reviewers agree that the all-electric Tesla Model S delivers immediate power from a stop and instantaneous acceleration that few cars can match on the highway. Some say the Model S is exceptionally quiet at speed, and feels quicker than many luxury sports cars. The base Model S gets 94/97 mpg-equivalent city/highway, and has a 208-mile range. Reviewers report that the Tesla Model S has strong brakes and quick steering. They also praise its smooth ride and nimble handling, especially when equipped with an adjustable air suspension.

Most critics write that the 2014 Tesla Model S has an interior that’s appropriate for the class, though some say that certain materials don’t match what is offered in luxury rivals. The Model S has a lot of cargo space for the class, and reviewers say it has spacious front seats, though some note that the rear seats could use more headroom. The 2014 Tesla Model S comes standard with a 17-inch touch screen that provides access to most vehicle settings, and auto writers praise its large display and straightforward operation. Other standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, Wi-Fi capability and a seven-speaker audio system. Available features include navigation, a glass panoramic roof, leather upholstery and two rear-facing jump seats that increase seating capacity to seven.

  • "As one of the most desirable electric cars available today, the 2014 Tesla Model S is also one of the best luxury sedans, too." -- Edmunds
  • "The new platform allows for maximized efficiency, five passengers, lots of cargo, high performance, and an extended driving range." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As an all-electric luxury sedan with ample range and performance that rivals or surpass conventionally-powered models, the Model S has no true rivals." -- Left Lane News
  • "It's attractive, comfortable, fast, practical, technically fascinating, and not overpriced. Most important, it's not just a good electric vehicle, it's a good car." -- Car and Driver (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

The plug-in Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid can run on electricity alone, as well as gasoline for more power and extended range. In addition, reviewers say the Panamera S E-Hybrid offers an attractive cabin and athletic handling.

The diesel-powered Audi A7 TDI comes standard with all-wheel drive and gets outstanding fuel economy for a super luxury car. It also has a lot of cargo space, and reviewers love its luxurious interior.

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Details: 2014 Tesla Model S

The 2014 Tesla Model S seats five (or seven with optional cargo area jump seats) and has rear-wheel-drive. An electric motor and a single-speed transmission are standard. The Model S comes in 60, 85 and P85 trims. The Model S debuted for the 2012 model year and sees few changes for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2012, 2013 and the 2014 model year.

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Review Last Updated: 6/20/14

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