Active Air Suspension - 2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Tesla Model S: Active Air Suspension

March 27, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

Our 2013 Tesla Model S is equipped with the Performance trim package which features active air suspension. The system uses pneumatic springs to lower the vehicle automatically as it accelerates. This improves aerodynamics and increases range (even if just slightly) but you also have the option to change it manually, which is a great addition to the car's versatility.

I've always enjoyed lowered cars, especially those with sleek and swooping lines like the Tesla Model S. Cars look infinitely better when there is no wheel-gap between the tire and the fender, but this can cause some serious usability issues.

Pictured, the Model S is in 'Standard' suspension mode which is perfect for driving around town. The car sits high enough that you can open the doors without scraping them as you get out, as well as negotiate steep driveways that would beach some exotics. Most important, getting in and out of the Whole Foods parking lot in this thing is a breeze.

2013 Tesla Model S

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

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