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2013 Tesla Model S: Rearward Visibility

April 12, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

It seems churlish to complain about something as mundane as rearward visibility when faced with all the splendor and glory of our Tesla Model S.

But the fact is, visibility could be better. That C-pillar is pretty wide, and the rising beltline doesn't help matters.

On the plus side, there are so many pleasant distractions within the Model S's doors, visibility will likely be the last thing on your mind. In the beginning, anyway.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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By mercedesfan
on 04/12/13
8:30 AM PST

@mensadoc, I'm also a highly satisfied owner, but I disagree with you. The Model S is definitely the most fun sedan I've ever owned (which is worth a lot), but as an overall car it doesn't measure up to its price competitors in a number of ways. It isn't built anywhere near as well as other cars in this price bracket, it doesn't have a cohesive design language inside, the rear bench is downright uncomfortable, and the car isn't particularly good out on the open road (it gets tossed around by wind, pavement grooves, etc). I would absolutely buy another one all over again if I had the chance. I have loved every minute of owning my Tesla. However, I can admit that it really isn't as good a car as my 7-year old S550.

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