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2013 Tesla Model S: Impresses Everyone

June 24, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

I was hanging out at my local cheese store one morning and we were talking about the Tesla that I parked in the back. I was trying to describe why I liked it so much. I tried equating its acceleration with a strong gust of wind propelling you, or a flood of torque that is eerily silent. Nothing seemed to convey what I was trying to explain. Finally I just said, "You know what? Let's pile in and go for a spin."

The auto-present door handles and their feather-light operation may have won some over before we even got in. Once inside, they were struck by the simplicity of the cockpit and the big touchscreen. These are, of course, things that impressed me as well.

We drove down the alley and the silence overtook them. I gave the pedal a quick stab and they were left speechless. I gave them a few bursts of acceleration every so often and they reacted with glee. Most of the time, though, we just leisurely strolled around, and my passengers definitely gained an appreciation for the Tesla's luxury capabilities.

One of them is a spokesperson for another car brand and can't officially comment, but he was visibly taken by this car. And that's the thing about the Tesla. Even the most jaded of drivers "get" this car. It doesn't take any championing on my part to win them over. I've yet to meet someone who is unimpressed by it.

Is it perfect? No, of course not. Nothing is. But it sure is close.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 5,283 miles

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By mfennell
on 06/24/13
8:49 AM PST

Sneaking in before fordson1: "but 90% of AMerica can't take a road trip in one!" "if it's so great, why does it have so many fewer miles than the CX-5?" "expensive" "what about apartment dwellers?" Did I miss any? :)

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