2013 Tesla Model S

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$69,900

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2013 Tesla Model S
2013 Tesla Model S

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

2 trims

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Notable features

  • 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.

2013 Tesla Model S review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Love it

Buying a Tesla is a lot like buying your first smart phone. Once you do it you will never consider another flip phone or combustion engine again.

4.7

A supreme vehicle

The Model S is a technical masterpiece. Even in 2020 this 7yo car is just leagues above anything on the road around it. Immediate power (more than enough to get you into trouble), very comfortable, reasonable handling for a land yacht that weights 5000lbs. I just can't get over it.

5.0

Smoothest car I’ve owned

The Tesla Model S is for sure an eye catcher. It definitely drives as good as it looks. Will probably drives Tesla’s for the rest of my life.

See all 57 consumer reviews

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