Best car I have ever owned, driven, or rode in. Performance wise, safety wise, and energy wise this is a powerhouse, and the benchmark of electric transportation, if not personal transportation in general. Regular software updates resolve any minor issues with the car, and Tesla’s service, if needed, is top notch. They go out of their way to make sure you are not inconvenienced in any way. I had one issue where the car told me there was an issue that may prevent it from starting. I called the service center, and they could see remotely what was wrong. In under an hour, someone showed up at my house with a loaner Model S for me to take to work, and they towed the car to the service center. By they time it got there, they already had a replacement part ready to go, and it was on its way to meet me at my office before I even got there. It didn’t cost me a penny.
In fact, upkeep is the cheapest… No spark plugs to go bad or replace, no belts, no oil to change, no emissions testing to pay for, no gas to buy. I drive an average of 40 miles a day, and by charging at home (the car’s timer starts the charge at midnight), the difference in electricity cost has averaged $10.24 a month. I was paying closer to $250 a month in gas when I drove an Explorer Sport.
I could go on… the iPad like console panel, the entertainment system that works like iTunes, but also plays lossless flac files, the GPS-enabled map system, the retractable glass roof, being thrown back in your seat when you put the peddle down, the whisper-silent stealth motor, the more-than-ample space (seats 5 adults and 2 kids all at once… comfortably… or tons of storage. You can camp in the back!)… I can’t find a single gripe.
And for those worried about range, fear not… I had the P85 with 265 miles range per charge, more than adequate for daily use, and more than needed to get to the next (free) supercharging station. You can often skip every other one. Charging there is quick enough to buy a coffee and take a bathroom break… then you’re ready to go with a full charge!
|Key Features & Specs||View full specs|
|EPA Classification||Large Cars|
|MPG/MPGe||106 Highway / 95 City|
|Drive Train||All Wheel|
|Battery Range||270 mi|
Starting MSRP Price $69,900
There isn't much in the way of cons. The only con for me is that I'm 500 miles from service but my car hasn't broke down so that's not a big issue. The only other con is that the closest supercharger is 500 miles away also. Hopefully one day they'll fill out more of Canada with Superchargers.
- 1. Acceleration is instant. You don't know how pleasing this is until you try it.
- 2. Deceleration is automatic. In order to regenerate the battery, a Tesla gently decelerates when you let up on the accelerator. After a bit of practice you discover that you are only using the brake to finish a stop.
- 3. Updates. Tesla updates their vehicles wirelessly, adding cutting edge features from time to time.
- 4. Gas stations become unfamiliar.