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 After driving this car, any gas car now feels outdated.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.
Purchased a 75D that has far exceeded my expectations! The 75D is not the quickest of the Tesla bunch but I find it plenty fast for my needs. The acceleration is impressive, quick, and quiet. Compared to a similarly priced Mercedes or Lexus, however, the seats on a long trip do not provide the same level of comfort. Everything else about the car is just plain cool and technologically advanced. The view out the glass roof is amazing for rear passengers. On the pricey side, but it's no longer on my bucket list.
This car was so different from anything else I drove in the past that I had to have it. It accelerates effortlessly. It's quiet. It's comfortable. It feels like a spaceship inside. It has that wow factor. But after only a few weeks of driving it, a lot of the novelty has worn off and now I'm not sure it was worth the hefty price. Tesla has done an outstanding job of taking all of the gas savings you get from an electric car and all of the government tax incentives and including them in the MSRP. So you end up paying all of those savings upfront to Tesla. You also need to plan to pay for an EV charger in your home or somehow have one available. I also quickly learned that the 259 EPA rated range doesn't apply if you want to have fun driving the car. You are also only supposed to charge the car to 90% or lower unless you want to ruin the battery long term. How does it drive? The acceleration is really fun, but it's a very heavy large car that drives like one. The handling and steering are unimpressive compared to a BMW or Porsche that you can buy in this price range. Don't get me wrong. It's a great car. But you are paying a king's ransom for it and if I had to do it over again I would spend more time considering the alternatives rather than being awestruck by my initial Tesla test drive. Keep in mind also that Tesla can introduce a massive change to your car the day after you take delivery so resale value in a few years or even after a few weeks will be terrible.
Things I love: styling, performance, large info center, smooth acceleration, no gas stations, low maintenance costs, incredible sound system, frunk and sub-trunk, rear cargo space, HOV lane, federal tax credit, summons feature, replacement parts seem nicely priced, my first Service Center experience was excellent, my first body shop experience was very good, many people think you are "cool" and environmentally friendly (and you are). Things I wish were better: fit and finish of body parts (not up to premium car standard), auto pilot still not a wow...needs more development, blind spot monitor is below expectations for such an advance vehicle, difficulty getting in and out of front seat...if you are tall, the front seat goes behind the "B" pillar too far thus the entering and exiting is more difficult. Final Verdict. I love the car. I doubt I would ever buy an ICE car again.
I looked at everything. Went to Mercedes, BMW, Audi, VW, Volvo,etc. They really live in the 20th century. While I gave them a chance, all dressed in suits and ties in their fancy showrooms, they really don't want to give you the time of day if you don't want to drop 50k or more on a fossil fuel burner. They put down the Tesla where ever you go, but after asking them, none of them have ever gotten of their butts to even test one.well I tested model S's over 3 years. Right now, I can't afford to buy this car, so it's the only reason why I'm not in it . It would be really nice if you could drive one for a weekend. The salesmen don't push you at all. There is such an excitement among the people, buyers, and customers in the showroom. We went for a long test ride, and it's just phenomenal. The car will actually back into a space too. It takes a while to get used to, but after 3 tests I realized how things worked, and even though I hate touch screens, they showed me how to turn it off during driving. I actually over the years wrote Elon Musk to change a few things, and 3 ideas I thought of actually happened. Imagine me writing GM in the 1970's to put a 2 liter engine with a turbo in their cars, and 40 years later Saab helped them, after they killed Saab. So, after the test is the let down. You have to get back in your car where the engine was invented over 100 years ago. It's sad. You feel like you are getting into a horse and buggy. So now GM will build 10 electric cars in China, but Tesla, the worlds greatest American car can't be sold in 5 states including Connecticut. But we are allowed to have nuclear subs made in CT. Back to the test. What the other car dealers try to scare you, they don't know the Tesla will guide your trip through the charging stations for free, and so what if you have to stop for 20 minutes. Wouldn't you stop in a gas car every 300 miles to take a pee? So forget about the new auto systems on the car. Get it without now, it's cheaper. You can add them on later when the bugs are worked out. But it's hard to consider another car after testing this car. Image a guy coming from South Africa , Elon Musk, and building the best car in our country. That's the American dream. Support this company. We are on top again with this product. If you can't afford it, look for the model 3 to come later this year. There are around 400,000 orders in for this for about 38,000 dollars.and to conclude, I worked for the oil industry for years, I saw the pollution, and while we do need oil for planes, and plastics, but not for cars much longer.