2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

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2013 Tesla Model S: Beauty is in the Details

September 3, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

When we first acquired our 2013 Tesla Model S, Ed Hellwig pointed out A Few Flaws in the Craftsmanship. While I agree that the Tesla has some fit-and-finish issues, I think the Model S is appealing not just because it's electric, but because of design details that are subtle, timeless and beautiful.

For starters, the engraved Tesla logos on the center caps (instead of painted logos or stickers like many automakers) accent the classy wheel design.

The wood grain dash and the mirrored curvature of the top and bottom pieces surround it. Along with the HVAC vents and their one-piece chrome accents, you never get tired of looking at the dashboard.

2013 Tesla Model S

The bi-xenon headlights and their sleek integration with the body panels make for a sleek front end.

2013 Tesla Model S

The taillights and the LED rear-facing lights are integrated flawlessly to the shape of the car.

2013 Tesla Model S

The recessed lighting in the cabin, with its small, blue-white LEDs bathe the interior with soft light. No complicated plastic overhead console means no cheap-looking ceiling.

2013 Tesla Model S

The swooping door handles paired with the hand pockets and their flawless integration into the extremely simple door panel. Sure it looks like a smiling fish, but I like it.

2013 Tesla Model S

Finally, the seat belt that is designed to sit flush with the rear seat. This eliminates the possibility of sitting on the piece or losing it between the seats and it looks infinitely better.

2013 Tesla Model S

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

Research Models

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