Testing the Jump Seats - 2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Tesla Model S: Testing the Jump Seats

August 16, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

Yesterday I put my five-year-old in the Tesla's rear jump seat. It was met with a mixed review.

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There was a moment of hesitation — for both of us — when I closed the hatch. Then, as I climbed in the driver's seat to take her for a ride, she said this, "Daddy, I don't think it's a good idea to put kids in the trunk."

The kid had a point.

We went for a ride anyway and she relaxed. But I never really stopped feeling like I just bought the world's most precious cargo a steerage seat. Plus, she isn't big enough to see out of the hatch which, I suspect, would limit her patience for riding back there once the novelty wore off.

Tesla says the jump seats are good for kids between 35 and 77 pounds as long as they're taller than 37 inches, which means my two-year old doesn't qualify.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 7,000 miles

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