2018 Tesla Model S
- Electric range is impressive on higher-end models
- Wicked quick acceleration across the board
- Liftback design affords abundant cargo space
- Advanced technology unavailable from other luxury brands
- Small dealer network means few service centers nationwide
- Lacks the luxury polish of some similarly priced sedans
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Model S safety features:
- Enhanced Autopilot
- Uses four cameras and a dozen sensors to monitor and improve safety and semiautonomous operation in various driving situations.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Determines if a front collision is imminent and can initiate braking to prevent or mitigate a crash if the driver takes no action.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Warns the driver of an unintended lane change or drifting from the lane. Optional autonomous steering can the steer car back into the lane.
With as much commotion as Tesla has made about its new, more affordable Model 3, the truth is that its 2018 Tesla Model S sedan is still a great luxury sedan. With the 70D as the new base model Model S, its 259 miles of range, and long list of standard features will suit many luxury sedan buyers 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.
It's a pretty significant jump to the 100D and the P100D, one that speed and adrenaline junkies will certainly consider. But the upgrade not only makes the Model S one of the fastest cars on the road, it also offers electric range on par with many gasoline-burning cars. These factors are what put Tesla on the radar of even the atypical EV buyer.
Tesla offers a handful of options for the Model S, ranging from some of the best semiautonomous driving features to fully autonomous driving, once the tech and regulation switches are ready to be flipped. There's also an upgraded sound system, a fully heated rear passenger seat row and upgraded air filtration system. And lastly, optional old-school rear-facing jump seats for the back row could help revive the lost art of the 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. And even if you're paying for the car's electricity, it's still going to cost you less than what you'd pay for gasoline in a regular luxury sedan.
Overall, the 2018 Tesla Model S is an attractive choice whether you're shopping for an EV, a luxury sedan or a performance car. Let Edmunds' incomparable shopping tools help you find the ideal Model S for you.
2018 Tesla Model S Overview
The 2018 Tesla Model S is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include P100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), 100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), and 75D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD).
What do people think of the 2018 Tesla Model S?
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