• (5.0) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $38,545–$80,977
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 288-hp, (electric)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 1-speed automatic
  • Seats: 2
2010 Tesla Roadster

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Tesla Roadster

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive
  • Not available everywhere
  • Battery is costly to replace ($12,000)
  • Unknown reliability
  • No side airbags or electronic stability system

Notable Features

  • All-electric sports car
  • 248-hp electric motor
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • Removable soft-top
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Modified interior for 2010

2010 Tesla Roadster Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Tesla Roadster combines the performance of a high-end sports car — it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, according to the automaker — with the environmental-friendliness of an all-electric drivetrain that emits zero emissions.

Built in limited numbers, the Roadster can travel nearly 250 miles on a charge, and its lithium-ion battery pack can recharge in 3.5 hours. A Sport version features quicker acceleration and an adjustable suspension. Competitors to the Roadster include the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.


What's changed for 2010
All Roadsters have a restyled interior with relocated center controls, new push-button transmission controls and a relocated vehicle information display. The Roadster Sport has a hunkered-down suspension and additional engine torque, which cuts zero-to-60-mph acceleration to 3.7 seconds.

Exterior
The Roadster is about the size of a Lotus Elise, and Lotus builds the Roadster's chassis for Tesla. The Roadster has its own styling, but because the proportions of the cars are similar, it still brings to mind the Elise. The Roadster's body is made of carbon fiber.

  • Finned hood, LED taillights
  • Drivetrain mounted in the rear
  • Removable soft-top
  • Optional carbon fiber hardtop
  • 16-inch front wheels, 17-inch rear wheels
  • Sport model has dark-finished wheels, unique badging


Interior
The Roadster's cabin has a minimalist design, though its cabin looks slightly more conventional for 2010. The air-conditioning controls have been moved to a more conventional location below the stereo system, and last year's gearshift lever has been replaced by Park, Neutral, Drive and Reverse buttons.
  • Standard heated leather seats
  • Optional microfiber cloth seats
  • Optional full leather interior
  • Optional navigation system
  • Standard iPod-compatible CD stereo
  • Optional navigation system


Under the Hood
The rear-wheel-drive Roadster is powered by an air-cooled electric motor that makes 288 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque in base Roadster versions versus 295 pounds-feet of torque in Sport versions. Peak torque is available from 0 rpm, which is a boon for acceleration. The electric motor drives the wheels through a fixed gear, and the motor can function as a generator when decelerating to help recharge the battery pack. The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack made up of 6,831 cells. The battery pack weighs nearly 1,000 pounds, and Tesla says it should last for five years or 100,000 miles.
  • Roadster Sport has 288 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque
  • Zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds (Roadster) or 3.7 seconds (Roadster Sport)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Home charging station can charge battery in 3.5 hours
  • Optional plug for recharging Roadster from regular 120-volt outlet
  • Up to 244-mile range on a full charge


Safety
Standard features include:
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Dual front airbags


Consumer Reviews

(5.0)

Average based on 4 reviews

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2 Trims Available

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2010 Tesla Roadster Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

36mo/36,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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