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2020 Tesla Model S

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Customer reviews

4 out of 5

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Mileage (EPA estimate)

121 city, 112 highway, 117 combined

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High-tech and electric with good range.

If you're shopping for an electric car with style, a high-tech interior, and a large battery capacity, you're probably already set on a Tesla. The 2020 Model S represents a great choice if you need a sedan that feels as luxurious as it is innovative. There's a lot to appreciate about the performance of this car as well as the interior details, and large central command screen.

All Tesla Model S years

New this year

  • The Model S is available in a new trim called the Long Range Plus.
  • The 100D, 75D, P100D, and Standard Range trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • Model S trims have been upgraded with Suede Seats and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment this year.
  • The Long Range trim now comes with Skylight(s) as standard equipment.
  • The Performance trim now comes with A/C Seat(s) and Rear Spoiler as standard equipment.

Explore Tesla Model S details

Long Range 2WD 4D Sedan

5 reasons to buy the 2020 Tesla Model S

1. Electric range

2020 Tesla Model S Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #1 | CarMax

One reason to buy a Tesla is its fantastic electric range. The 2020 Model S Long Range will do an EPA-estimated range of 373 miles on a full charge while the Long Range Plus boosts that to an EPA-estimated 402 miles on a full charge. This means range anxiety can be a thing of the past. Plus, you get access to Tesla's Supercharger network, which means you'll never be far from a place to power up. Just set your destination on the 17-inch screen to see what charging options you have along the way. If you love a road trip, the 2020 Long Range model may be the one for you.

2. Instant performance

2020 Tesla Model S Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #2 | CarMax

A big joy of electric cars is the instant availability of power. With no revs to climb through, you have instant torque as soon as you put your foot down. This means that even the base Model S can zoom from zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds, while the Performance model can do it in 2.3 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). The great thing about Tesla is that the over-the-air updates mean that many Teslas can get quicker over time.

3. Clever storage options

2020 Tesla Model S Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #3 | CarMax

Throughout the Tesla Model S, you'll find space to store your things for a road trip. Under the hood is a small space for your things (often referred to as a "frunk") and you've got ample room in the back, too. A power liftgate reveals a trunk with 28 cu ft of space, which expands to 63.3 cu ft with the 60/40 split rear seats down. That's probably enough room for a trip to the DIY store or that dream vacation you've always wanted to take.

4. High-tech throughout

2020 Tesla Model S Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #4 | CarMax

You'll find high-tech features inside and out on the 2020 Tesla Model S. Both the Long Range and Performance models come standard with automated emergency braking and lane-departure warning, while adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode is an available option as well. Inside, you should love the standard 17-inch touchscreen that allows you to control every aspect of the car, not just navigation and music. Tesla's regular updates mean that new features are being added all the time, too.

5. A serene ride

2020 Tesla Model S Review: 5 Reasons to Buy #5 | CarMax

The 2020 Tesla Model S features high-end materials throughout the cabin. Combine this with the quiet hum of the dual electric motors and you get a serene, comfortable ride. You get a standard glass roof, which lets light into the cabin and gives you a better view of the world outside when you're road tripping in beautiful places. Even though there's no engine noise to disrupt your commute, Tesla's noise-suppression engineering also helps block out road noise so you can travel in peace. Make the most of the lack of noise by putting on your favorite tunes or podcast—everything should sound great through the standard 11-speaker audio system.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Tesla Model S, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

This all-electric sports car is a first from Porsche. Released in 2019, it's a beautiful machine with up to 750 hp on the 2019-2020 Turbo S model when using Launch Control and overboost—this means it'll do zero to 60 in 2.6 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Inside, you get a cabin that feels like a sports car but with the high-tech touches we've come to expect from electric cars. The 2019 Taycan Turbo model has an EPA-estimated range of 201 miles on a full charge.

All 2019-2020 Porsche Taycan models include these standard features:

  • Various displays including touchscreen center console, 16.8-inch curved driver display, and 10.9-inch passenger display

  • Drive mode selector

  • Advanced dual-zone climate control

  • Front trunk with 12.9 cu ft of space

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Active lane-keeping

Ratings & reliability

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2020 Tesla Model S trims

Long Range:

  • Includes a rearview camera, cruise control, Park Assist, a power liftgate, an available Wi-Fi hotspot, a premium sound system, heated seats, brake assist, blind-spot collision warning, and more.

  • View all Tesla Model S Long Ranges in stock

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More about 2020 Tesla Model S

2020 Tesla Model S Review: Top Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors

  • Deep Blue Metallic

  • Midnight Silver Metallic

  • Pearl White Multi-Coat

  • Red Multi-Coat

  • Solid Black

Interior colors

  • Black

  • Black and White

  • Cream

Interior details

The interior of the 2020 Tesla Model S can be a peaceful place to be with lots of soft-touch materials. You have seating for five passengers with an expansive glass roof that fills the cabin with light. There are standard front and rear heated seats as well as a heated steering wheel for those chilly mornings. There's the option of leather seating throughout as well as a range of decor and colors. Look out for the combination that suits your style.

Child seat details

The 2020 Model S has two full sets of LATCH anchors (two lower anchors and one upper tether) in the outboard seat positions, with a top tether only for the middle seat. The upper tether points can be found behind the seats, in the middle.

The 2020 Model S can accommodate front- and rear-facing seats, infant seats, and child-booster seats. The manufacturer recommends fitting only two seats.

Safety rating

The 2020 Tesla Model S is not yet rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Year comparisons

2012-2016 Tesla Model S (First Generation)

The first Model S generation came in a number of variants depending on motor size. There were all-wheel- or rear-wheel drive versions available with some incredible performance figures. The slowest first-generation Tesla Model S could achieve zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds while the P90D performance model did the same in just three seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Inside was the same minimalist interior we've come to expect from all Teslas with a huge portrait screen in the middle. Tesla also included over-the-air updates to ensure that even older models had the latest features available.

2017-Present Tesla Model S (Second Generation)

Most of the features of the Model S remained the same for the second generation. It received a facelift with a new nose and a few other exterior changes to make it look sleeker and more futuristic. For the 2021 model year, the interior was refreshed with a landscape screen and a new Plaid model was announced.

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