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2013 Tesla Model S

2013 Tesla Model S

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$27,299 — $43,519 USED
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Sedan
5-7 Seats
89-95 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Stylish design
  • Longer than average EV range
  • Quick acceleration
  • Fast charging
  • Requires no charging hardware
  • Updatability

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Body roll
  • Low-frequency rumble
  • Skimps on cupholders and cabin storage
  • Limited availability
2013 Tesla Model S exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Tesla Model S
  • Extended-range battery-electric car
  • Four-door hatch seats five
  • Two additional seats for children (optional)
  • Three performance levels
  • Eligible for $7,500 tax credit
  • Designed and built in the U.S.

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2013 Tesla Model S Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Tesla Model S is the company’s second all-electric car. It’s a sedan that seats up to seven, with optional jump seats for children. The car is offered with three battery options, each offering more range and power.

New for 2013
All Model S trim levels gain new standard features like 12-way adjustable and heated front seats. An extended warranty that adds additional coverage for four years or 50,000 miles is also available.

Exterior
On the outside, the Model S resembles a mix of a Jaguar and Aston Martin, with pronounced exterior curves. An all-glass panoramic sunroof is available and the sedan’s door handles retract into the door itself to reduce aerodynamic drag. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, while 21-inch wheels are available.

Interior
Inside, the Model S features power-adjustable heated front seats and a 17-inch touch-screen that controls the audio and navigation systems as well as climate and other controls. Simulated leather seating is standard with leather surfaces available.

Under the Hood
Battery options for the Model S are 60-kilowatt-hour or 85 kwh packs. The larger one, Tesla says, provides a range as far as 300 miles. The car is quick, with a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.9 seconds for the base version and 4.2 seconds for a performance-oriented edition.

On a high-amperage 240-volt power outlet the car can replenish range at a rate of 62 miles per hour while a 50 percent charge can be had in 30 minutes when the car is configured to ...

Vehicle Overview

The Tesla Model S is the company’s second all-electric car. It’s a sedan that seats up to seven, with optional jump seats for children. The car is offered with three battery options, each offering more range and power.

New for 2013
All Model S trim levels gain new standard features like 12-way adjustable and heated front seats. An extended warranty that adds additional coverage for four years or 50,000 miles is also available.

Exterior
On the outside, the Model S resembles a mix of a Jaguar and Aston Martin, with pronounced exterior curves. An all-glass panoramic sunroof is available and the sedan’s door handles retract into the door itself to reduce aerodynamic drag. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, while 21-inch wheels are available.

Interior
Inside, the Model S features power-adjustable heated front seats and a 17-inch touch-screen that controls the audio and navigation systems as well as climate and other controls. Simulated leather seating is standard with leather surfaces available.

Under the Hood
Battery options for the Model S are 60-kilowatt-hour or 85 kwh packs. The larger one, Tesla says, provides a range as far as 300 miles. The car is quick, with a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.9 seconds for the base version and 4.2 seconds for a performance-oriented edition.

On a high-amperage 240-volt power outlet the car can replenish range at a rate of 62 miles per hour while a 50 percent charge can be had in 30 minutes when the car is configured to use one of Tesla’s Superchargers. An adaptive air suspension is available.

Safety
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
54 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best Car I have ever owned.

by Steve Tesla on May 17, 2020

Tesla's make other cars seem out dated. Instant acceleration, never buy gas again, never get oil change again! it updates when Tesla sends updates. Great car Read full review

(5.0)

My favorite thing in the whole wide world

by Tussa from Santa Barbara, CA on March 9, 2020

The car is in excellent condition. I am the original owner. I am the only driver of this car. The panorama roof makes the car even roomier. Whenever there is a remote software or firmware update, this... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Tesla Model S currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Tesla Model S has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Tesla

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    96 months / unlimited distance

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Model S received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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