2013 Tesla Model S Consumer Review: Fascinating, sickeningly fast,

2013 Tesla Model S - Consumer Review

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Performance Sedan (0-cyl. Electric 1-speed Direct Drive)

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Fascinating, sickeningly fast, ultra-quiet, & no gas!
By dwoodruff on


2013 Tesla Model S Performance 4dr Sedan (electric DD)


I have owned my Model S Performance (P85) for 6 weeks. It is the most brilliant car I've ever owned (and I have owned a long string of very good cars, including Ferrari Cailfornia, Audi S8, Porsche 997 Carrera S, Infiniti QX56, Audi allroad, BMW M3...).
Automobile Magazine and Motor Trend had it right: it is a "game changer." The power delivery is unreal. It is dead silent.
It handles tight and flat.
It feels modern and well-assembled.
You can keep tabs of the car on an App on the iPhone, including warming it up from wherever you are so it is toasty warm when you climb in.
Park it in the garage and quickly plug in the charger, and it is full and ready to go every morning.
Just amazing.

Best Features

Obviously the powertrain is this car's high point. Leaving home is a bizarre experience. Get in and the car comes to life. Ease on the accelerator pedal and glide out of the garage in total silence. On the road, it feels like every great luxury car except there is no engine or transmission sound at all. It glides. Floor it and the acceleration is silent and instantaneous and so brutal that it messes with your inner ear and is a bit sickening. There is not a car on the street that can come close to this car's instantaneous power delivery and ferocious acceleration (including my Ferrari). The huge center screen is a bit gimmicky, but is still a good way to control everything in the car.

Worst Features

The lack of interior storage space is frustrating - just a glove box, nothing else. In cold weather, the power drains faster than normal -- but you just get used to it (and don't plan on going over 200 miles in a day!). The seats need improving - they are flat and lack side support. The seat heaters only heat the bottom cushion, not the back, which is dumb. The front trunk ("frunk") is cool and adds storage space but needs motorized closing so you don't have to press on the hood (similar to Porsche 911). Kids really love the jumpseats in the back - but you wonder how safe that really is. Nice to be able to seat 7, though! It's not great in snow (no AWD yet), but snow tires make it decent
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By brianfh1
on 10/31/13 14:46 PM (PDT)

According to this owner, seat warmers are both back and bottom, but not independently controlled (at this time). [HTML removed.]

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By benji888578
on 10/17/13 00:50 AM (PDT)

why the thumbs down? he gave 5 stars all the way! ...just some suggested interior improvements, not a complaint, as he didn't rate it lower for this.

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By fluxemag
on 10/08/13 08:35 AM (PDT)

I don't see how this post got so many thumbs down, it seems pretty fair to me. A lot of the complaints are personal preference. I don't mind the seats or the lack of storage. Hadn't tried the heated seats yet, so that's a surprise.

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