• (4.0) 5 reviews
  • MSRP: $49,679$66,883
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 288-hp, (electric)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 1-speed automatic
  • Seats: 2
2011 Tesla Roadster

Our Take on the 2011 Tesla Roadster

Our Take

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... Read Full Report

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
  • 288-hp electric motor
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • Removable soft-top
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Modified front and rear styling
  • Optional Infotainment Group

Reviews

Consumer Reviews

4.0

Average based on 5 reviews

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Fantastic sportscar

by Normandy from Texas on November 16, 2012

The Tesla Roadster is a fantastic sports car, but it is a sports car. One would have spend at least $100k more that the price of a Tesla for a car with better performance at legal speeds. Acceleration... Read Full Review

2 Trim Levels Available

Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2011 Tesla Roadster trim comparison will help you decide.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2011 Tesla Roadster.


Service & Repair

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

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.

Learn More About Warranties

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.