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2013 Tesla Model S: Great Mirror Design

May 14, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

Range this, charge times that. Here's something about our long-term 2013 Tesla Model S that has nothing to do with the fact that it's fueled by electrons. Check out its rear-view mirror. See that? It's all mirror. No clunky plastic bezel. No HomeLink buttons or GPS beacon or a full complement of patio furniture or a frickin' laser beam on its head.

It may look all arty, but it's the function of the Model S's mirror that grabs my attention. Every square millimeter of its surface is devoted to its primary function of presenting the view behind you. This way, the mirror obscures the least possible amount of the view through the windshield.

'Course, there is that fat plastic thing right above it...otherwise, this is an example of a detail done right.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

Comments

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Is the mirror auto-dimming? Must be because there's no flip switch. So where's the light sensor? Agreed on the narrow bezel with no buttons. Nice, clean and unobtrusive. When Tesla started from the ground up, they were able to rethink a lot of things. And in some cases, they went back to basics.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I hope every automotive interior designer/engineer/product line manager reads this post.

  • toto_48313 toto_48313 Posts:

    Yes the mirror is auto dimming

  • drcomputer drcomputer Posts:

    Although I love the mirror design, I hate the extremely raked rear window design that negates the wonderful size of the mirror.

  • bernhardk bernhardk Posts:

    I love the rear view mirror on my Model S as well. My wife tells me that the vanity mirror is sub-pat though. It looks warped somehow and it really bothers her when putting make-up on.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    The Chevy Camaro also has a frameless mirror, and it looks pretty good.

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