The Tesla Model S is the company's second all-electric car. It's a car that seats up to seven when equipped with optional jump seats for children. The Model S is offered in several performance levels.
New for 2014
A dual-motor version gives the Model S all-wheel drive. Previously, the car was available only with rear-wheel drive. A forward-looking camera and radar and sensor technology are standard.
On the outside, the Model S resembles a mix of a Jaguar and Aston Martin, with pronounced exterior curves. An all-glass panoramic sunroof is available and the sedan's door handles retract into the door itself to reduce aerodynamic drag. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, while 21-inch wheels are available.
Inside, the Model S features a 17-inch touch-screen that controls the audio and available navigation systems as well as climate and other controls. Fabric upholstery is standard with leather surfaces available.
Under the Hood
Battery options for the Model S are 60-kilowatt-hour or 85-kwh packs. The larger one provides a range as far as 265 miles, according to EPA estimates. The car is quick, with a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.9 seconds for the base version and 3.2 seconds for the performance-oriented all-wheel-drive edition.
When connected to 40-amp service, the car can replenish range at a rate of 29 miles per hour. A 50 percent charge can be had in as little as 20 minutes when the car is configured to use one of Tesla's Superchargers. An adaptive air suspension is available.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.