2-Speed Cruise - 2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

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2013 Tesla Model S: 2-Speed Cruise

April 22, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

I'm a big fan of cruise control for two reasons: it reduces fatigue on long drives and it helps keep you at a legal speed. On my trip to Las Vegas I discovered that our Tesla Model S has a super cruise control system. The graphics are great and the system actually offers two speeds. One bump gives you the customary 1 mph increase/decrease. But if you push it through a detent, you get an approximately 5 mph plus or minus jump.

There was one other feature of the cruise control that I liked.

2013 Tesla Model S

The cruise control is turned on by pressing in on the stalk to the left of the steering column. Once you turn it on, a glowing green light reminds you it is on. Classy.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 2,507 miles


  • flapsmcgee flapsmcgee Posts:

    "The cruise control is turned on by pressing in on the stalk to the left of the steering column. Once you turn it on, a glowing green light reminds you it is on. Classy." What is so special about that? My Subaru does that.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    I love that Tesla viewed the luxury sedan as a clean slate when they were designing this car. Obviously they were blazing a trail with the whole electric thing but they also chose to re-think every other aspect of the car. Integrating cruise control into the display is fantastic and so much more helpful than the typical backlit cruise control light that tells you absolutely nothing other than the fact that cruise control is on/in use. Did Tesla go too far with some of these types of flourishes like the virtual center stack and popout door handles? Yes. But I really appreciate that they gave a full engineering and design effort to every aspect of the car.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @legacygt: Well said. If they can keep that philosophy while gathering more experience building cars, it bodes well for their future. Personally, I don't like the huge center stack, but the graphics on the speedo are almost perfect. Very clear and informa

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    Is that the stalk from the Benz?

  • farvy_ farvy_ Posts:

    @throwback: nope. That's not a Benz stalk. At least it's not the one in my C300. Mercedes does function in a similar way, & has for years. You can adjust in 1 mph increments or up to 5 mph. It's a dedicated stalk - not combined with other func

  • schen72 schen72 Posts:

    @flapsmcgee: I believe the glowing green light he speaks of is at the end of the stalk itself. I've never actually seen any other car like that.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Apparently putting lights in various places is now considered great engineering effort.

  • 133712 133712 Posts:

    just FYI, that feature is on every Mercedes vehicle and the reason for this is because that cruise control stalk is lifted straight from the Mercedes parts bin

  • tokyorush tokyorush Posts:

    It is exactly the E and S class stalk. Works exactly the same way too, and it is dedicated to only cruise control. Just FYI. I use the CC on my Tesla the same way as the author, and think Tesla's implementation is good - mostly because MB does a good job here. The only other thing I would say is that the regen down hill helps the CC keep the car right at the designated speed without using brakes or eating extra power.

  • mayhemm mayhemm Posts:

    This was a strange post. They completely omit the fact that the Model S cruise control puts a physical mark on the speedo at the point it is set (which is unique and note-worthy) and instead focus on the on/off indicator which is found in many other vehicles...

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