2016 Tesla Model S

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Key Specs

of the 2016 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
  • 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
2016 Tesla Model S exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Tesla Model S

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

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.


Latest 2016 Model S Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Best car I?ve ever owned

by Stevet59155 from Austin tx on March 17, 2018

Beautiful, reliable, excellent performance. I would buy again in a heartbeat. The only caveat is this: if this is the only car in your family (ie your spouse doesn?t have a car), this isn?t the car ... Read full review

(5.0)

I dread driving other cars now

by Ron from Nashville on March 13, 2018

My wife and I both have Teslas. We absolutely love them and will never own combustion engine cars again. We’ve taken both our cars on long distance trips using the supercharger network but our primary ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Tesla Model S currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Tesla Model S has not been tested.

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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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