2014 Tesla Model S

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$37,360–$74,200 Inventory Prices

Key Specs

of the 2014 Tesla Model S base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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.

2014 Tesla Model S Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.


Latest 2014 Model S Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

freakin' awesome car

by bellamoo from vienna va on May 21, 2018

BEST.CAR.EVER. goes when you tap on pedal. stops when you release pedal. smooth, quiet, awesome control system. got it to "save on gas" but, honestly, it's a splurge for me! Only issue I have is ... Read full review

(5.0)

A dream to drive

by wolfey from Berwick, PA on May 13, 2018

The TESLA Model S is a dream to drive, and a dream to pass others with. The only negative to the car is the lack of superchargers in certain areas. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Tesla Model S currently has 1 recall

NHTSA 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.

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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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