2014 Tesla Model S

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$69,900

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2014 Tesla Model S
2014 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

6 trims

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Notable features

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

2014 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 car that seats up to seven when equipped with optional jump seats for children. The Model S is offered in several performance levels.
New for 2014
A dual-motor version gives the Model S all-wheel drive. Previously, the car was available only with rear-wheel drive. A forward-looking camera and radar and sensor technology are standard. 
Exterior Highlights
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 Highlights
Inside, the Model S features a 17-inch touch-screen that controls the audio and available navigation systems as well as climate and other controls. Fabric upholstery 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 provides a range as far as 265 miles, according to EPA estimates. The car is quick, with a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.9 seconds for the base version and 3.2 seconds for the performance-oriented all-wheel-drive edition.

When connected to 40-amp service, the car can replenish range at a rate of 29 miles per hour. A 50 percent charge can be had in as little as 20 minutes when the car is configured to use one of Tesla’s Superchargers. An adaptive air suspension is available.
Safety Features
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 4.7
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

A great car at a great price!

A one owner, Arizona car with 47,860 original miles. Always serviced at Tesla in Scottsdale. The car is great fun to drive, as it's very quick, handles nicely and it's very dependable. About 160 mile range which is perfect for running around town. The navigation system is the best I've ever seen. Super easy to use and very accurate. Operating cost is very low compared to a car powered by a gas engine. I love the car and we're getting a new one.

5.0

Haven't driven it much yet but I feel things will

As noted above, I have only driven the car from the dealership to home but fully expect it to perform excellent based on the condition of the car.

4.7

G0 Tesla - Never buy another gas car

Drives like a bullet and it drives it self on the highway. Love the idea of charging my car from the sun with my solar panels.

See all 43 consumer reviews

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