The Tesla Model S is the world’s first successful electric-only five-passenger luxury sedan. Constructed of lightweight aluminum with high-strength steel, the Tesla Model S operates on a smart air suspension system that lowers the vehicle at higher speeds to optimize aerodynamics. For 2014, three levels of the Tesla Model S are available. With a 230 mile estimated range, the 2014 Tesla Model S 60 kWh model is powered by a 302-horsepower electric motor. For improved 300-mile range and performance equating to 362 horsepower, the Tesla Model S 85 kWh provides more ease for drivers with electric car range anxiety. Still offering a maximum 300-range range, the 2014 Tesla Model S 85 kWh Performance provides the equivalent of 416 horsepower to the rear wheels. 0 to 60-mile per hour acceleration time for the 2014 Tesla Model S 85 kWh Performance is rated at 4.2 seconds. Designed to accommodate five adults, the interior design of the 2014 Tesla Model S also provides additional child seating behind the second-row. A standard 17-inch touchscreen infotainment control interface consumes the center of the 2014 Tesla Model S’ dash panel. 12-way power adjustable heated front seats, High-definition back-up camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 200-watt seven-speaker stereo system are some of the standard conveniences found on the 2014 Tesla Model S.Read more Read less
Since its introduction in mid-2012 as a 2013 model, the Tesla Model S has forced the industry to rethink the luxury car segment. Rather than adhering to traditional model years, Tesla makes running changes as needed throughout the calendar year. For 2014, the instrument cluster trim has been restyled and the previously optional Alcantara headliner and parcel shelf are now standard. Lots of subtle changes have also been made.
All-electric drivetrain; luxurious interior with plenty of space, great performance, good looks; competitive pricing
The problem with electric vehicles has always been range. Tesla has dealt with this by employing bigger and better batteries in the Model S than have previously been seen in electric vehicles. Even with the smallest batteries in its most basic trim, Tesla still claims a 200-plus mile range for the Model S, easily besting the range of any of its potential competitors. Beyond the drivetrain though, the Model S is a competent luxury car with impressive performance. There is plenty of room both inside the passenger cabin and in the trunk, making the Model S both spacious and practical. The car can even be fitted with a pair of rear facing jump seats, which pushes the seating total up to seven. Model S ownership starts at under $70,000, making it comparable to many European large luxury sedans, and while the Model S matches most of these sedans in terms of luxury and performance, it offers other benefits they can't hope to match.