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2013 Tesla Model S

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2013 Base 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $69,900
2013 Performance 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $89,900


The 2013 Tesla Model S comes in two variants—Base and Performance—and offers several drivetrain options within those trim levels. The Base model starts out with a 40 kWh battery system and an electric drive system that pumps out 235 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This standard setup allows up to 160 miles of range with a full charge, a 6.5-second sprint to 60 mph and a 110 mph top speed.

The 60 kWh battery system has an expanded range of up to 230 miles—the EPA certifies 208 miles—and produces 302 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. So equipped, the Model S hits 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 120 mph.

The top Base configuration uses a 85 kWh system with up to 300 miles of range—or an EPA-certified 265 miles—while producing 362 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of twist. This enables the Model S to reach 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, and to go on to a 125 mph top speed.

When you jump up to the Performance trim, you get an 85 kWh system with a 300-mile maximum range, 416 horsepower, 443 pound-feet of torque and a 4.4-second dash to 60 mph. Top speed rises to 130 mph.

Sexy and efficient, the Tesla Model S has a price that puts it out of reach for many middle class buyers, even with tax credits. There have also been mixed reviews regarding the claimed range of each model, but Tesla has steadily argued that these claims are untrue.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 302 HP / 317 ft.lbs.
Available: 362 HP / 325 ft.lbs.
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
94 / 97 / 95 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 302 HP / 317 ft.lbs.
Available: 362 HP / 325 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
94 / 97 / 95 Mpge
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
63.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
94 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
195.9 "
Exterior Width
77.3 "
Exterior Height
56.5 "
Front Headroom
38.8 "
Rear Headroom
35.3 "
Front Legroom
42.7 "
Rear Legroom
35.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,647 Lbs.
Wheel Base
117 "
Turning Radius
18.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 21.0 " Silver Aluminum / 21.0 " Gray Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7
Seat Trim
Cloth/leatherette / Leather / Simulated Suede/leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
7 / 12
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
96 Months / Unlimited Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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