2016 Tesla Model S

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$68,000

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2016 Tesla Model S
2016 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
  • Autopilot semi-autonomous operation (optional)

The bad:

  • Expensive
  • Body roll
  • Low-frequency rumble
  • Skimps on cupholders and cabin storage
  • Limited availability
  • Touch-screen can freeze
  • Range decreases in cold weather

11 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
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Designed and built in the U.S.

2016 Tesla Model S review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

What is it: The Tesla Model S is an electric-powered sedan that aims for the luxury market and those interested in the latest technology.

New for 2016: New front-end styling and the car’s standard onboard charger gets a mild boost from 40 to 48 amps, enabling faster charging under certain conditions.

Tesla Motors has revealed the first-ever styling changes to the Model S. The most obvious are changes to the sedan’s front-end styling, where a new face and headlights bring the Model S in line with the Model X SUV’s face, eliminating the vestigial grille and replacing it with a slimmer opening and cleaned-up bumper.

Other changes to the latest version (Tesla doesn’t designate model years like other automakers) include some tech updates as well. The Model S’ standard onboard charger gets a mild boost from 40 to 48 amps, enabling faster charging under certain conditions.

Inside, the HEPA air filtration system that was previously only available on the Model X now joins the Model S’ options list. Tesla says it’s 99.97 percent effective at removing airborne contaminants. Two new interior décor choices are also newly available: Figured Ash Wood or Dark Ash Wood.

The updated model has just begun production at the company’s plant in Fremont, Calif., with deliveries expected by mid-May, according to Tesla’s website.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Most reliable car I ever had.

Never spent a $ on maintenance of this car. It is extremely reliable, stylish, status symbol. i am selling this car as I want to buy a new Tesla.

5.0

The best vehicle that I’ve ever driven.

Amazing Beauty, this car still gets a ton of respect on the road. All my future cars will be from Tesla. The performance is amazing, and the ride is so smooth!

5.0

Best Car Ever!

Fantastic Vehicle! I will never go back to a combustion engine again.I will stick with Tesla. When you commute as far as I do the savings in gas alone is incredible! Not to mention oil changes.

See all 40 consumer reviews

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