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2013 Tesla Model S: What's Missing?

May 3, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

The 2013 Tesla Model S has so much going for it that it seems nitpicky to talk about what it doesn't have in the way of small amenities. But when you, or Edmunds.com, have paid more than $100,000 for a car, shouldn't it have what many luxury cars have?

The car would be more convenient if it had:

  • Parking guides in the rearview camera: This is parking aid that the very, very wide Model S lacks.

  • Lighted vanity mirrors: Serious, Tesla? You can't expect women to put on lipstick without better lighting. The little LED map lights do not do the job.

  • Blind-spot monitoring system: If you can get this in a Mazda 3, why not a Model S?

  • Less vulnerable wheels: The wheels on the Model S protrude beyond the sidewall of the tire and are extremely susceptible to curbing. Telsa would do owners a favor by rethinking this design.

I also was going to note that the outside passenger-side mirror doesn't tilt, but by reading through the Model S forum, it seems that the car does indeed have this feature. You just have to program it into your personal driver profile.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 3,359 miles

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