2017 Tesla Model S electric

MSRP $68,000 - $134,500

Ranked #1 in Fullsize Sedan

8.8

Overall Rating

2017 Tesla Model S electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 13, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Tesla Model S comes with seven trims to offer, they get three powertrain options, 259 hp, 362 hp, and 502 hp generating electric motors. For the seven trims, the price ranges from $68,000 and goes all the way up to $134,500 for the high-end P100D trim. One could choose between RWD and AWD drivetrains as per their personal choices. 

2017 Tesla Model S

The interiors of the Tesla Model S are no doubt futuristic and feature-packed, the design of the 2017 Tesla Model S is also futuristic and stylish. It does face competition from rivals such as the 2017 Toyota Mirai and the 2017 Honda Clarity. The competitors are offered at half the asking price of the Tesla or even lesser, but they also offer similar power outputs and performances.

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Pros

Good driving range

Abundant cargo space

Quiet and comfortable cabin room

Cons

Resale value - Not determined

Long-term reliability

Lacks the luxury polish of similar sedans

What's New?

100 kWh battery replaces the 60-kWh battery.

Premium Tesla seats.

Improved in-car experience and user interface.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

382 hp

torque

317 lb.-ft.

transmission

1 speed direct drive

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

116.5 in.

length

196 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

4647 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.5 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

8 yr./ 125000 mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 125000 mi.


Pictures & Videos


Trims

60$68,000 onwards

75$69,500 onwards

60D$73,000 onwards

75D$74,500 onwards

90D$87,500 onwards

100D$92,500 onwards

P100D$134,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Tesla Model S electric in Deep Blue Metallic color
Deep Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.2

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.8

Overall Rating


Offered in a total of seven trims and with three electric power units, the 2017 Tesla Model S is priced at an MSRP range of $68,000-$134,500. The car puts up some mind-boggling acceleration numbers on the chart, this is despite its humongous dimensions. The power units churn out 259 hp,362 hp, and 503 hp each.

2017 Tesla Model S

On the inside the cabin room for the passengers is well-spaced and bolstered, offering a fine grip and enough comfort. The cargo space offering is the best in class. Even in terms of safety, the offering is way ahead of its competitors as it gets recognition from IIHS. Overall. the Tesla Model S is a perfect package of performance, comfort, and safety, however, it might come across as expensive to some, but it is economical in the long run.


9.0/10
Features

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.2/10
Safety


2017 Tesla Model S electric Features

9.0/10

"The right Model S for you depends on how far you need to travel on a single charge." - Edmunds

There are a total of seven trims that the 2017 Tesla Model offers. The trims offered are given in two types, a numeric and an alpha numeric trim name. The digits depict the kilowatt-hour (kWh) capacity of its battery while the "D" is meant for the dual-motor. Other than the 60 trim all the others come with an AWD drivetrain.

2017 Tesla Model S

As you climb up the trim ladder of the Model S, you get better features, of course at a higher price. The High-end P100D model ranges at MSRP $134,500. while the basic trim, the 60, is priced at $68,000. The mid-range 90D trim is priced at an MSRP of $87,500.

Trim 60 75 90D 100D P100D
MSRP $68,000 $69,500 $87,500 $92,500 $134,500
MSRP (D) $73,000 $74,500 NA NA NA
Key Features 19-inch wheels with w/All-season tires 75D models are simply 60 and 60D models with software that maximizes battery function and capacity 90D, which also offers options such as a carbon-fiber rear spoiler  100D uses a larger 100-kWh battery pack for increased range 100D uses the same battery pack and a second electric motor on the rear wheels
  LED headlights Driver Vanity Mirror Driver Vanity Mirror Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Power Driver Seat
  Access to Tesla's Supercharger network  Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Power Driver Seat Rear Parking Aid Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  Dual-zone automatic climate control Power Driver Seat Rear Head Air Bag

Dual Moonroof (Optional)

Panoramic Roof

Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  17-inch touchscreen Rear Head Air Bag Power-folding and heated side mirrors 

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Rear Head Air Bag
  Navigation system Premium Synthetic Seats (Optional) Cloth and premium vinyl upholstery  Bucket Seats Cloth and premium vinyl upholstery 
  Rearview camera k Power-folding and heated side mirrors  Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Power-folding and heated side mirrors  Power-folding and heated side mirrors 
  Keyless entry  Cloth and premium vinyl upholstery  Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column  Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers 60/40-split folding rear seats 
  Parking sensors p Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column  Trip Computer Vehicle Anti-Theft System Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  Power-folding and heated side mirrors  Vehicle Anti-Theft System Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror 60/40-split folding rear seats  Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column 
  Blind-spot warning a   Vehicle Anti-Theft System    
  Automatic emergency braking        

We Recommend

If you are looking for a Value-for-money offering, then we would suggest you go in for the 75 models as it comes in at $69,500 for the single motor car. The 75D is offered at $74,500. It comes with fine features like Premium interiors and seating, tilt-and-telescoping steering column, premium vinyl upholstery.

2017 Tesla Model S electric Engine and Performance

8.7/10

“The 2017 Tesla Model S is the performance benchmark for many luxury cars today. It's stylish, fast, comfortable, and thanks to electric operation, quiet and smooth.”- The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission of the 2017 Tesla Model S

Electric vehicles have a very unique drive experience to deliver and Tesla stands testimony to that. The 2017 Model S is priced at a range of $68,000-$134,500 and offers three power units, a 270-kilowatt (362 horsepower) motor, the D models use two 193-kW (259 hp) motors, mounted front and rear, one for each axle, whereas the extraordinary P100D model puts even more power to the rear, 375 kilowatts (503 hp).

2017 Tesla Model S

Tesla is extremely quiet even in its top acceleration and beats its competition for such discipline. Moreover, its power and torque generation is close to double its competitor's delivery, the basic trim itself delivers a staggering 382 hp. However, this reflects in the price Tesla charges, the most in the segment, with a starting price of $68000.

Models 2017 Tesla Model S 2017 Toyota Mirai Sedan 2017 Honda Clarity Sedan
MSRP $68,000 $57,500 $36,620
Engine Electric DD Electric DD Electric DD
Transmission 1-speed Direct Drive 1-speed Direct Drive 1-speed Direct Drive
Horsepower (hp@RPM) 382 hp  @ NA RPM 153 hp @NA  RPM 174 hp  @NA  RPM
Torque (lb-ft@RPM) 317 lb-ft @ NA RPM 247 lb-ft  @ NA RPM 221 lb-ft  @NA RPM

If you are interested in buying the 2017 Toyota Mirai Sedan, you would be wasting all that money. With a difference of just $10,500, the Tesla Model S Sedan gives you horsepower that is enough to put Toyota to shame. However, one could consider the 2017 Honda Clarity as it offers good value for money 174 hp at a price of $36,620.

Acceleration of the 2017 Tesla Model S

The 2017 Tesla Model S is at par with supercars in this aspect of acceleration. It would not really be fair on our part to compare the Tesla Model S with its peers in this aspect. The high-end P100D trim is equipped with a 375 Kilowatt power unit and this makes it capable of going from 0-60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds. This performance is in spite of a 315 miles range delivery.

Models 2017 Tesla Model S 2017 Toyota Mirai Sedan 2017 Honda Clarity Sedan
0-60 MPH (seconds) 5.5 sec 8.6 sec 7.7 sec
Quarter mile (seconds) 10.5 sec 17.1 sec 15.6 sec
Engine Electric DD Electric DD Electric DD

It is the basic 60 trim that accomplishes 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. There is no need to mention that the 2017 Tesla Model S is the fastest in competition against the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity. Honda ranks second completing the 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, leaving Toyota Mirai in the third position clocking 8.6 seconds

Ride and Handling of the 2017 Tesla Model S

It is but a common phenomenon for you to confuse the 2017 Tesla Model S be a sports machine. It comes with sharp steering, performance tires, and fine handling that helps you to cut sharp corners. Adding to the ease of driving a Tesla, its pedals deliver immediate response and it maintains a low center of gravity due to its minimum height. The battery pack is close to the ground acting as a car’s floor pan due to which you can’t stretch out more but it’s not uncomfortable.  

Braking of the 2017 Tesla Model S

Being a futuristic vehicle, the 2017 Tesla Model S comes equipped with a technology that converts the braking power to recharge the battery that it runs on, this is known as regenerative braking. The brakes equipped on this electric machine are long-lasting, effective, and reliable. 

Models 2017 Tesla Model S 2017 Toyota Mirai Sedan 2017 Honda Clarity Sedan
Brake Front (in.) 14.4 11.6 12.3
Brake Rear (in.) 14.0 11.4 12.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4647 4075 4134
60-0 MPH (ft.) 109 126 129

Equipped with the biggest rotors in class that measures 14.4 inches for the front and 14 inches for the rear, Tesla delivers the best brake performance in class. However, it doesn't keep up with supercars in this aspect, as it did in the acceleration aspect.

2017 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

9.9/10

"The EPA rates the Tesla’s electric efficiency between 98 and 104 MPGe." - Cars.USnews

Delivering a decent range of 98 MPGe in the city, 101 MPGe on highways, and 96 MPGe as its combined reading puts Tesla in the "A" category. However, it isn't the best offering in its class, but it sure is better than the 2017 Toyota Mirai.

Models 2017 Tesla Model S 2017 Toyota Mirai Sedan 2017 Honda Clarity Sedan
MPG (city) 98 66 126
MPG (highway) 101 66 103
MPG (combined) 96 66 NA

Honda clarity delivers the most in terms of range, but this is solely due to its lower power generation figures. It is a value for money offering which lacks performance. The 2017 Toyota Mirai on the other hand delivers only 66 MPGe and hence is the lowest in the segment.

2017 Tesla Model S electric Interior

8.2/10

“The Tesla's interior is a very special place to spend time, with a wide-open feel and lovely materials. Owing to the advanced features in this car, there is a bit of a learning curve. But Tesla focused on the user interface and it shows.”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort of the 2017 Tesla Model S

The interiors of the 2017 Tesla Model S are fine in the front row, it is well-bolstered, providing grip and comfort. The rear tire is slightly cramped and offers comfort just the same. The materials used are excellent and luxurious, the legroom and the headroom offered are adequate and almost the same as the other Sedans provide.​

Models 2017 Tesla Model S 2017 Toyota Mirai Sedan 2017 Honda Clarity Sedan
Passenger capacity 5 4 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.8/57.7/42.7 38.5/54.3/42.5 39.1/59.6/42.2
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 35.3/55/35.4 36.8/53.5/30.1 37.1/57.2/36.7

In terms of interior space, it is the Honda Clarity Sedan that offers the most headroom, shoulder room, and legroom. With a margin of less than a couple of inches ranks the 2017 Tesla Model S. Finally, with the least interior cabin room to offer we have the Toyota Mirai.

Infotainment System of the 2017 Tesla Model S

The 2017 Tesla Model S Sedan swoons you with keyless ignition, one-touch power windows, Bluetooth connectivity, power-adjustable front seats, wi-fi connectivity, a rearview camera, and a humongous 17-inch touchscreen with navigation. Some of the features are listed below -

  • Premium audio system.
  • Appealing sound quality.
  • Internet radio.
  • Scrolling and playlist creation.
  • Standard Bluetooth hands-free phone with voice control.
  • Screen depicting the proximity of objects near you when parking.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Full autopilot.

Cargo Capacity of the 2017 Tesla Model S

After stunning its audience with its outstanding performance, miles range, and acceleration, the 2017 Tesla Model S also outperforms its peers in this aspect of the Cargo space. It offers a mind-boggling 31.6 cubic feet of cargo room.

Models 2017 Tesla Model S 2017 Toyota Mirai Sedan 2017 Honda Clarity Sedan
Cargo Volume to seats 1 (ft.3) 31.6 12.8 11.8

It goes without saying that the 2017 Tesla Model S offers the best in class cargo room, followed by the Toyota Mirai which offers a cargo room that measures 12.8 cubic feet. Lastly, we have the Honda clarity that features 11.8 cubic feet of cargo room.

2017 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

8.0/10

“The exterior sheet metal is sleek and muscular and cuts an efficient hole through the air thanks to its engineering. Its fastback shape and long windshield are impressive, but so too is its interior shape and seating for four.”- The Car Connection

Dimension and weight of the 2017 Tesla Model S

The 2017 Tesla Model S will sport the same design and will amaze its audience just the same. We sure have not got enough of it. No doubt it is designed and styled like a sports machine, while it offers to accommodate four individuals. The Model S is indeed a versatile machine that delivers on all fronts.

Model 2017 Tesla Model S 2017 Toyota Mirai Sedan 2017 Honda Clarity Sedan
Curb weight (lbs.) 4469 4075 4134
Length(in) 196.0 192.5 192.7
Width(in) 77.3 71.5 73.9
Height(in) 56.5 60.5 58.2
Ground clearance (in) 5.3 5.1 NA
Wheelbase (in) 116.5 109.4 108.3
Track width (in) F/R 65.4/66.9 61.8/60.5 62.5/62.2

As the numbers speak, Tesla proves to be the heaviest of all the cars considered however it is simply spectacular that it manages to be the quickest to accelerate and come to a standstill. It is also the longest and widest vehicle while being the shortest too. 

Exterior Features of the 2017 Tesla Model S

With the longest wheelbase to offer Tesla surprisingly also provides the highest ground clearance, it is further equipped with several features some of which are mentioned below:

  • Automatic Exterior light control
  • Standard Delay-off headlamps
  • Standard Headlight washer
  • Optional Cornering lights
  • Standard Daytime running lights
  • Directionally adaptive headlights
  • LED brake lights
  • Door curb lights
  • Parking assist
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Door locks 2 stage

2017 Tesla Model S electric Safety

8.2/10

"The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Tesla Model S the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front crash test, as well as the top rating of Good in four other crash tests." - Cars.USnews

The Tesla Model S Sedan has aced every federal test that there is. The IIHS rated the 2017 Tesla Model S and rated it a "Superior" grade overall. However, it should mention that it scored "Poor" in the aspect of Headlights.

IIHS safety Crash Test

Advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings are standard on the Model S. Some of the other features are listed below -

  • Air Bag-Frontal-Drive
  • Air Bag-Frontal-Passenger
  • Air Bag-Passenger Switch
  • Air Bag-Side Body-Front
  • Air Bag-Side Body-Rear
  • Air Bag-Side Head-Front
  • Air Bag-Side Head-Rear
  • Brakes-ABS
  • Child Safety Rear Door Locks

2017 Tesla Model S electric Competition

2017 Tesla Model S Sedan vs 2017 Toyota Mirai

The 2017 Toyota Mirai is a car with a high price that does not deliver in terms of performance or in terms of interiors, it does have a good safety offering and a reliability record to bank on. We would recommend the 2017 Tesla Model S any day over the Toyota Mirai.

2017 Toyota Mirai

2017 Tesla Model S Sedan vs 2017 Honda Clarity

The 2017 Honda Clarity is a good value for money product that delivers a decent power offering for its price range. It is priced nearly at half the price of the Tesla Model S. The interiors of the Honda Clarity are the most spacious in the segment and it also delivers good cargo space. If you are not inclined to electric power you could consider the Clarity

2017 Honda Clarity

 

2017 Tesla Model S electric Final Verdict

The 2017 Tesla Model S sedan seems like a vehicle that doesn’t get heavy on your pockets but on other superfast cars. If you are tired of spending on gas and want a vehicle that is better than your current automobile and requires almost no maintenance, this car should be on your mind while you are brainstorming on what to buy for this week.

2017 Tesla Model S

 

 

 


2017 Tesla Model S FAQs

What range does the 2017 Tesla Model S give?

The 2017 Tesla Model S delivers an MPGe reading of 98/101/96 for the City/Highway/Combined.

At what price does the 2017 Tesla Model S come?

The 2017 Tesla Model S comes in at an MSRP of $68,000 and goes up to $`134,500.

Does the 2017 Tesla Model S deliver sufficient power?

The 2017 Tesla Model S churns out 382 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque.

How is the Cargo space offering of the 2017 Tesla Model S?

The 2017 Tesla Model S offers a cargo room of 31.6 cubic feet.

Is the 2017 Tesla Model S fast enough?

The 2017 Tesla Model S has an acceleration of 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, it also has a quarter-mile timing of 10.5 seconds.

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