2017 Tesla Model S Electric

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2017 MODEL
$68,000 - $134,500 See Inventory Prices

8.5

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A relative eccentric car in the world, 2017 Tesla Model S Sedan is far more acrobatic than any car on the road and amazes one to no end. Colossal acceleration, cutting-edge technology and covering 315 miles on a full charge, this automobile is absolutely an electric grandeur sedan which gives you a feeling of floating in the air while driving it.

Starting at $68,000 for the trim 60, the 2017 Tesla Model S Sedan goes up to for $135,000 for the trim P100D. The Tesla offers 7 trims in this model and they all offer a comfortable seating for 5 and transmission 1-speed automatic, making it stand alone in the crowd of the petrol/diesel driven cars. The standard drivetrain is RWD. Alternatively, it comes with AWD.


7.9/10
Features

 

9.1/10
Engine

 

9.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

8.7/10
Exterior

 

6.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

This car bleeds to surpass your every assumption about any car. If you are drawn towards electric vehicles, the 2017 Tesla Model S Sedan will give you the best run for your money. Fully boosted with electricity, the Model S can dash from zero to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. If that doesn’t pop your eyes and makes your heart run in the synchronization with the car, I don’t know what will.

2017 Tesla Model S electric Features

7.9/10

The 2017 Tesla Model S Sedan comes in a variety of trims: 60, 60D, 75, 75D, 90D, 100D and P100D. The digits depict the kilowatt-hour (kWh) capacity of its battery while the "D" is meant for the dual-motor. The all-wheel-drive is configured in all of the trims of this model except the 60 which comes with rear-wheel-drive.  

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 w/All-season tires
  • LED headlights
  • Access to Tesla's Supercharger network 
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 17-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • Rearview camera k
  • Keyless entry 
  • Parking sensors p
  • Power-folding and heated side mirrors 
  • Blind-spot warning a
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning c
  • Cloth and premium vinyl upholstery 
  • Heated power front seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats 
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column 
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Seven-speaker sound system with dual USB ports (media and charging) and HD radio 
  • Cellular connection
  • Internet radio and Wi-Fi connectivity are also included, as are a universal mobile connector for charging
  • 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, 21-inch wheels with high-performance summer tires, the Smart Air suspension package and other features, plus revised suspension tuning
  •  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

2017 Tesla Model S electric Engine

9.1/10

“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.”- thecarconnection

Engine and Transmission

Ever been in an electric car? It's different, to say the least. It's super quiet, offers nimble handling and delivers exceptional torque – 317 lb-ft in the trim 60. It is impressively efficient and driving it is not less than in being a Navy’s flight school. The rear-drive Model S uses a 270-kilowatt (362 horsepower) motor. The award 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).

Its silent quick acceleration is astonishing, putting its rival out of the competition. The horsepower and the torque of Tesla’s engine is surprisingly almost the double of what Honda can provide its top EV. Don’t you think the combination of an athletic shape and mind-blowing speed is quite electric?    

Models Tesla Model S Toyota Mirai Sedan 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 380 hp 151 hp 174 hp
Torque 317 lb-ft 247 lb-ft 221 lb-ft

To be quite blunt, if you are interested in buying Toyota Mirai Sedan, you might as well give your money away to charity. With a difference of just $10,500, the Tesla Model S Sedan gives you a horsepower that is enough to put Toyota to shame.  

Acceleration  

The Tesla Model S 75D has a 75-kWh battery and a range of 259 miles. It can go from zero to 60 mph in just whooshing 4.2 seconds. The model delivers outstanding acceleration and more than enough power for any driving situation while you nail on that acceleration pedal. The higher trims are even more impressive. The Model S 100D and Model S P100D each feature a 100-kWh battery.

The 100D has a range of 335 miles – the longest range of an electric vehicle in any automobile market – and a zero to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds. The P100D is the highest-performance trim. It has a range of 315 miles and  – can sprint from zero to 60 mph in an eye blinking 2.5 seconds.  

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

The Tesla Model S Sedan speaks for itself. It has the fastest and the most silent acceleration seen in any EV. 10.5 seconds for a quarter mile should put it on the top of the car of the year list!  

Ride and Handling

This isn't a sports car, but you might not remember that when you drive it. Thanks to sharp steering and incredibly sticky summer performance tires, the grip of this car are impressive. Corner-carving is also aided by the immediate pedal response. And because of its low weight, it can sprint like Usain Bolt! There are smoother rides, but the Model S never feels rough or course. The battery pack is close to the ground acting as car’s floor pan due to which you can’t stretch out more but it’s not uncomfortable.  

Braking

Tesla comes with regenerative braking or turning the motor into a generator to recharge the battery pack, slowing the car in the process. The brake pads, which you think might need regular replacement on such a high-performance car, last many times longer than those on gasoline cars. The friction brakes are still there for hard or panic braking but they're used only a fraction as much.  

Model Tesla Model S Toyota Mirai Sedan Honda Clarity Sedan
Brake Front (in.) 14.4 11.6 12.3
Brake Rear (in.) 14.0 11.4 12.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4469 4075 4134
60-0 MPH (ft.) 109 126 129

2017 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

9.1/10

The 2017 Tesla Model S Sedan comes with charging adapters for 120- and 240-volt home outlets, as well as a J1772 adapter for public charging stations. Tesla’s special Wall Connector can be installed for faster-charging speeds. It allows for 34 miles of range per charging hour, and an optional High Amperage Charger increases that capability to 52 miles per hour.

98 e-mpg for the city and 101 for the highway, the most talked about electric car offers either of two battery packs with 60 or 85kW-hr capacity, with a maximum driving distance on a charge of 208 and 265 miles, respectively. Its all-electric powertrain which enables a 0-60 mph time in as little as 4.2 seconds, which makes some sports car it’s rival.

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

Now, the Honda Clarity Sedan gives more mpg in city or highway but with its horsepower and torque, it’s quite reasonable. The Tesla Model S gives sufficient mpg and is a much better value for money car.

2017 Tesla Model S electric Interior

8.5/10

“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  

The Tesla Model S is remarkably comfortable. Seats are well-bolstered, grippy, adjustable, but have no cooling feature. An extra jump seat for two children with four-point harnesses in the rear cargo area is available too. The seats are seated at a good height and a medium-low step-in height make this an easy car to get in and out of. The materials used are excellent and everything feels so luxurious. The legroom and headroom space are adequate and almost the same as the other sedans provide.  

Model Tesla Model S Toyota Mirai Sedan 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

The Honda Clarity Sedan provides more space than the other two EVs. Although, the Tesla gives a very airy and wide feeling. The giant cabin offers a lot of legs- and headroom for everyone.  

Infotainment System  

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  

With more than 26 cubic feet of cargo room in the rear which can go up to 58 cubes with the rear seats folded, and an additional 5 cubic feet of storage room available under the hood because of the lack of a conventional engine, the 2017 Tesla Model can store anything from long dresser bureaus to even bicycles!  

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

2017 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

8.7/10

“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.”- thecarconnection

Dimension and weight

The Tesla Model S Sedan is all new. Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz are all exceptional in their exterior designs, which makes Tesla all the more majestic when considered its exterior lines. It sports a flat, blunt hood with a slim horizontal vent with a small "T" logo in it.   Although the Model S is very sporty, its shape is designed to cut the smallest hole through the air possible. Due to its all-electric powertrain, and low weight, it’s the most desirable EV or car, for that matter, in the market.  

Model Tesla Model S Toyota Mirai Sedan 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) NA 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

Tesla may seem the heaviest here but in respect to its dimensions, it is the most efficient car out there. The sporty feel can be attributed to the almost vogue look it dawns.  

Exterior Features  

The 2017 Tesla Model S Sedan offers many exterior features including -  

  • 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
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Content theft-deterrent alarm system
  • Lane departure
  • Blind spot sensor
  • Low tire pressure warning

2017 Tesla Model S electric Safety

6.5/10

The Tesla Model S Sedan has aced every federal test known to mankind. The IIHS hasn't yet rated the Tesla, but the standard airbags and traction control systems in the cars have been installed. 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 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

Tesla Model S Sedan vs Toyota Mirai

Toyota Mirai is powered with hydrogen fuel cell, runs only on hydrogen and emits water. As of now, this car is only available in California which has the infrastructure for hydrogen refueling pumps. The hydrogen is covered by the company for three years of ownership and they also give the warranty on the first 100,000 miles. The horsepower and torque on this vehicle are less as compared to the Tesla. And you can only buy this car if you are in California which is a drawback. The upcoming models on this may be future changing but this is just a car.  

Tesla Model S Sedan vs Honda Clarity 

The Honda Clarity is a nameplate used by Honda on alternative fuel vehicles. It was initially used only on hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles but it was expanded to include the battery-electric and the plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.   Although the Honda is known for its specifications and safety features, the Clarity Sedan is reasonably priced at for what it offers in torque and horsepower. It’s definitely better than the Toyota Mirai and is quicker in acceleration. If you want an EV and you have a limited budget, this car is your car!

2017 Tesla Model S electric Final Verdict

The Tesla autopilot which was claimed to be twice as safe as the human behind the wheel has let down us. That said, the vehicle has won awards, thrilled thousands of buyers broke a lot of stereotypes and aced it’s safety federal tests.  

We are still waiting on those IIHS rating but all in all, the 2017 Tesla Model S sedan seems like a vehicle which doesn’t get heavy on your pockets but on other superfast cars. If you are tired of spending on gas and want a vehicle which 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.  

Pros

Good driving range

Safety tests - Aced!

Advanced technology

Abundant cargo space

Quiet and comfortable

Cons

Questionable service

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

RWD

engine type

horsepower

382 hp

torque

317 lb.-ft.

transmission

single-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/14 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

116.5 in.

length

196 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

4469 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

31.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

98/99/101 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

8 years/125000 miles

roadside assistance

No

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 125,000 mi.



Styles

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Solid Black

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Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

9.1

Fuel Economy

9.1

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.7

Safety

6.5

Driving

10

Comfort

8.1

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Tesla Model S electric 60

60

power
382 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
99 combined

$68,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
60 4dr Sedan (electric DD) Starting at $68,000 MSRP (98/99/101) 382 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Tesla Model S electric 75

75

power
382 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
98 combined

$69,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
75 4dr Sedan (electric DD) Starting at $69,500 MSRP (97/98/100) 382 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Tesla Model S electric 60D

60D

power
518 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
103 combined

$73,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
60D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $73,000 MSRP (101/103/107) 518 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Tesla Model S electric 75D

75D

power
518 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
103 combined

$74,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
75D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $74,500 MSRP (102/103/105) 518 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Tesla Model S electric 90D

90D

power
691 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
104 combined

$87,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
90D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $87,500 MSRP (102/104/107) 691 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Tesla Model S electric 100D

100D

power
680 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
101 combined

$92,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $92,500 MSRP (101/101/102) 680 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Tesla Model S electric P100D

P100D

power
792 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
97 combined

$134,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $134,500 MSRP (92/97/105) 792 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

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8.7/10

MPG: 103 combined