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2014 Tesla Model S

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$33,366 — $57,466 USED
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Sedan
5-7 Seats
89-95 MPG
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Key specs of the base trim
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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
2014 Tesla Model S exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Tesla Model S
  • 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.

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Our Take

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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 o...

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

What drivers are saying

4.9
32 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Awesome Car

by Bkeenum588 from Virginia on October 30, 2018

The car is everything I had ever hoped it would be, and more. I am not likely to buy any other brand ever again. It is awesome. Read full review

(5.0)

Nothing to break.The only downside is the charging

by Vlado from Ashburn, VA on October 26, 2018

I love it. It is very fast and love the touch screen inside. Always had dreamed about a car with no physical buttons, but a touch screen. So it is a dream come true. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Tesla Model S currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Tesla Model S Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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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