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 all-electric 2018 Tesla Model S utilizes an electric motor and is available in the following styles:
The P100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) comes with an electric, all wheel drive, and with a 1-speed direct drive transmission. The P100D 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.
The 100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) comes with an electric, all wheel drive, and with a 1-speed direct drive transmission. The 100D 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.
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 100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)
Review I?ve had a tesla for almost a year. It had several problems that where fixed. Yesterday my rear tire was punctured with an object on the road. I called Tesla roadside and my car was transported to the service center. I called early to make sure I had my car back on the same day Unfortunately there where NO spare tire or inventory tires in stock. Then there where NO tesla loaners cars. For a 100k+ vehicle that doesn?t come with a spare tire the support is ridiculous and unacceptable. I?m left without a car for a problem that could be resolved in 5 minutes with a spare tire. I had a full day a Patients to see at different hospitals and had to cancel on them because I had no reliable transportation. I called management and I?m still waiting for a call back. I love the car, but I?m done with customer service. Last tesla I will buy. I finally got my car back. Terrible car wash and vacuum job.
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2018 tesla model-s P100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel 98 combined MPG 92 city MPG/105 highway MPG
2018 tesla model-s 100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel 102 combined MPG 101 city MPG/102 highway MPG
2018 tesla model-s 75D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel 103 combined MPG 102 city MPG/105 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2018 Tesla Model S?
Available Tesla Model S 2018 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Tesla Model S 2018 Trims: 85D, Base, 85, 60, 75D, P85D, 70D, 90D, P85, Performance
Exterior Colors: Silver Metallic, Solid Black, Solid White, Black, Red Multi-Coat, White, Deep Blue Metallic, Blue Metallic, Green Metallic, Grey Metallic, Midnight Silver Metallic, Pearl White Multi-Coat, Red Tesla Multi-coat
Interior Colors: Black leather, Tan leather, Black leatherette/cloth, Tan 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, Upgraded Headlights, Parking sensors, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Navigation, Keyless Entry/Start, AWD/4WD, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, Leather Seats, Pre-collision safety system, Third-row seating
Fuel Types: electric
Drivetrains: all wheel drive, rear wheel drive
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