With as much commotion as Tesla has made about its upcoming "affordable" Model 3, the truth is that its entry-level, full-size 2017 Tesla Model S sedan isn't an unreasonable proposition to begin with, certainly not as big luxury sedans go. True, the base model Model S (the 60) isn't loaded with capability, bringing up the rear of the model with "just" 219 miles of range. Still, that's more range than any other EV on the market offers except for the new Chevrolet Bolt, and for many people, it will suit just fine.
Even a base Model S is loaded with an outstanding complement of standard features, including navigation, Wi-Fi and internet connectivity, Bluetooth, a high-definition backup camera, a 17-inch touchscreen command center, power-adjustable heated seats, and a suite of driver safety aids such as blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.
Added price offers extended performance, whether that's the dual-motor 60D, which effectively turns the Model S into an all-wheel-drive sedan or the notable bump in range of the 75 model (259 miles) or the leap to a physically larger battery in the 90D, which yields almost 300 miles of range. Speed and adrenaline junkies will want the 100D or P100D, both with still higher-capacity batteries that make the Model S one of the fastest cars on the road.
Tesla offers a handful of options for the Model S, ranging from almost fully autonomous driving features to an adjustable suspension, an audiophile sound system, a power liftgate and a faster on-board charger. There are even old-school rear-facing jump seats for the back row for reviving the lost art of family road trip.
And though the Model S has a reputation as an expensive car, two factors can't be dismissed. First, federal and state tax credits for electric vehicles can dull some of the sting of the Model S asking price. Second is (potentially) free electricity when filling up at Tesla's network of Superchargers. With the right planning, you could keep the Model S off your home electrical bill indefinitely, not to mention have Tesla pick up your locomotive tab on further trips afield — all of which help make the Model S a more attractive purchase. Let Edmunds' incomparable shopping tools help find the ideal Model S for you.
2017 Tesla Model S Overview
The all-electric 2017 Tesla Model S utilizes an electric motor and is available in the following styles:
The 60D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) comes with an electric, all wheel drive, and with a 1-speed direct drive transmission. The 60D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) comes with a basic warranty of 4 yr./ 50000 mi., a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 8 yr./ 125000 mi. powertrain warranty.
The 75 4dr Sedan (electric DD) comes with an electric, rear wheel drive, and with a 1-speed direct drive transmission. The 75 4dr Sedan (electric DD) comes with a basic warranty of 4 yr./ 50000 mi., a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a Not available powertrain warranty.
The 75D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) comes with an electric, all wheel drive, and with a 1-speed direct drive transmission. The 75D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) comes with a basic warranty of 4 yr./ 50000 mi., a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a Not available powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle 75 4dr Sedan (electric DD)
Review I read a lot of rave reviews prior to purchase, and I come from a Porsche. Yet, this car still exceeds expectations and amazes me to no end. Power delivery is so instant and smooth that you almost feel like you're floating through air. After driving this car, any gas car now feels outdated. People say the car is expensive, but you get so much for your money, and you get stuff money can't buy elsewhere, such as the amazing auto pilot with lane change capability, parallel and perpendicular self parking, over the air software updates, free LTE web surfing and music streaming etc. Operational convenience and user experience is off the charts. I never use my key. Just go to the car; door handle opens automatically; sit down and drive. Some people say the fit and finish doesn't measure up to other high end marques. That's not so much the case after the 2016 refresh with Model X style seats. The fact is that the interior is extremely comfortable. After a long drive you are guaranteed to feel more pampered than in a Rolls Royce, because most of the coachwork stuff is just visual, and doesn't really provide additional comfort. I drove a Jaguar sedan for many years when that was considered the magic carpet ride. Compared to a Model S it's not even in the same league. Besides the attributes of the car itself, there are just so many benefits to ownership, like never having to go to the gas station, never having to take the car to get a smog check, never having to get an oil change, reduced need for brake service due to regen, car pool lane privilege, etc.. As far as I can see, this car has no competition, and I can't see how anyone would opt to spend similar money on a Mercedes, BMW or Lexus.
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What options are available on the 2017 Tesla Model S?
Available Tesla Model S 2017 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Tesla Model S 2017 Trims: Base, 90D, 75D, 85D, P85D, Performance
Exterior Colors: Green Metallic, Grey Metallic, Silver Metallic, Solid Black, Black, Blue Metallic, Midnight Silver Metallic, Red Multi-Coat, Solid White, White
Interior Colors: Tan leather, Black leather, Black leatherette/cloth, Grey leather, Grey leather/sueded microfiber
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Mobile Internet, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Stereo, Parking sensors, Upgraded Headlights, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Keyless Entry/Start, Lane Departure Warning, Leather Seats, Navigation, AWD/4WD, Pre-collision safety system, Third-row seating, Adaptive Cruise Control, 2nd Row Bucket Seats
Fuel Types: electric
Drivetrains: rear wheel drive, all wheel drive
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