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.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.