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2016 Tesla Model S

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Pros

  • Impressive range
  • Strong performance
  • Advanced technology
  • Wide-ranging Supercharger recharging network

Cons

  • Unproven reliability
  • Lacks the luxury polish of similarly priced sedans
  • Small dealer network

210 - 315 miles

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The 2016 Tesla Model S is an advanced electric luxury sedan with impressive performance

Electric cars continue to grow in popularity, but the 2016 Tesla Model S was in a class of its own. The stylish Model S sedan—sold alongside the Model X, the brand’s first SUV—boasts outstanding performance and a longer driving range than any of its competitors. Tesla doesn’t adhere to model years like most other car companies; instead, changes are rolled out in phases. That said, the 2016 Model S features revised front-end styling, adaptive headlights, an enhanced cabin air filtration system, and Autopilot semi-autonomous driving technology.

The 2016 Tesla Model S is offered with single- and dual-motor powertrains, all powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Even the base-level versions deliver impressive power and acceleration, and the top-level P90D can sprint to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds with the optional Ludicrous mode. That is serious acceleration for a sports car, and this is a big four-door sedan. The 2016 Model S doesn’t have any electric-powered peers, but models like the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Porsche Panamera deliver similar levels of performance and luxury.

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What is new for the 2016 Tesla Model S?

  • The Model S is available in a variety of new trims, including the 60D, 75, 75D, and P100D.
  • Model S trims have been upgraded with Automated Parking, Leather Seats, Adjustable Suspension, and Leatherette & Cloth as standard equipment this year.
  • A/C Seat(s), Leatherette Seats, and Skylight(s) features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The P85D trim now comes with Leather & Suede Seats as standard equipment.
  • The 60 trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Smart Key, and Navigation System as standard equipment.
  • The 90D trim now comes with Leather & Suede Seats as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Tesla Model S

What We Like 

  • Performance: Taking full advantage of the high torque inherent in electric powertrains, the Tesla Model S delivers outstanding acceleration, even in its most basic configurations. Not only is the Model S extremely quick off the line, but it also delivers excellent handling thanks to its low center of gravity as well as its well-tuned steering and suspension. Range performance is also impressive: According to the EPA, the Model S can travel up to 300 miles between charges. 

  • Driver aids and crash test scores: The 2016 Tesla Model S earned top Good scores in all crashworthiness tests (except for the Average score in the small overlap front test) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a five-star overall rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Model S also comes well equipped with advanced driver-assist features that include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind-spot warning. Limited hands-free driving is available on models equipped with Tesla’s Autopilot system. 

  • Interior: The cabin of the Model S feels futuristic, with almost all controls accessed via the large center touchscreen display. The system is very customizable and can be configured for better access to commonly used features. There’s good headroom and legroom for front and rear passengers, and an optional rear-facing jump seat adds space for two small children.  

What Needs Improvement 

  • Fit and finish: With its price and performance, the Tesla Model S is considered a luxury sedan, but some materials, as well as the fit and finish, don’t live up to the luxury moniker. Cabin materials don’t match the higher level of Tesla’s luxury competitors in the same price range, but they are nice-looking and of decent quality.

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Tesla Model S features and specs

60 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Parking
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Skylight(s)
  • Third Row Seat
Battery details

Size

60.0 kWh

Range when new (EPA estimate)

253 miles

Estimated range today

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221 - 242 miles

Est. range in 3 years

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218 - 238 miles

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Other specifications

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

0.0L

Engine type

Electric

Wheelbase

116.5"

Overall length

196"

Width

77.3"

Height

56.5"

Leg room

F 42.7"/R 35.4"

Head room

F 38.8"/R 35.3"

Front tires

P245/45WR19

Rear tires

P245/45WR19

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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