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2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,112
edited September 2014 in Tesla

image2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

Our 2013 Tesla Model S is a pleasure to drive and look at, but the details are some the best parts.

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  • I'll personally be interested in the long term reliability of the Model S. Small gaps and other details might seem very important when its new, but when you get that $5k repair bill in those luxury sedans, you realize that maybe it wasn't built quite as well as it looks. I'm hoping that Tesla shows what an all-electric vehicle can do and how much simpler things can be.
  • "blue-white LEDs". Ugh, why does everybody like blue(ish) lights so much? I would prefer a high CRI LED that gives a more pleasing, natural light. Trust me, it would make the interior look MUCH nicer. If anyone has them at home, they'll agree too.
  • duck87duck87 Posts: 649
    I think you might be reaching a bit here. Engraved wheel logos? I actually really like the Tesla's minimalist interior, but I like Audi and Porsche's interiors better (not that I've owned something in that price range). I finally saw my second Model S a few weeks back when visiting the greater Toronto area. It's a pretty huge car but the driver was hauling [non-permissible content removed], it was pretty impressive.
  • fit and finish aside, these cars really just stand out on the road. Looks good coming and going; I stare every time I see one (I see more model S cars on the road than the Toyobaru twins--which surprises me).
  • schen72schen72 Posts: 433
    In the SF bay area, Model S's are not that rare. I see at least a dozen on my commute to work. My neighbor across the street has one in his garage.
  • greenponygreenpony Chicago, ILPosts: 531
    Perception is reality. If people believe it is a quality vehicle, regardless of its actual measurable quality level, it is a quality vehicle.
  • I'm sure we'll see a lot of the Tesla's cool details being copied by other automakers in years to come!
  • To be honest, the Model S is no more special in this regard than anything else it competes against. In fact, it is actually noticeably worse than an S-Class or A8. Those cars make even ordinary details feel special. I don't mean to knock Tesla. They did a fantastic job with the design of this car, but they didn't do anything particularly unique for the segment they are competing in.
  • greenponygreenpony Chicago, ILPosts: 531
    Unless, mercedesfan, you look at their powertrain. Every vehicle has compromises; the point of the Model S is to show that an electric vehicle need not have all the compromises people have come to expect.
  • @greenpony: To be fair, an electric powertrain has compromises of its own.
  • Smiling fish?
  • greenponygreenpony Chicago, ILPosts: 531
    quadricycle, certainly! Every vehicle has compromises. My comment was addressing mercedesfan's comment that Tesla "didn't do anything particularly unique"... overlooking the fact that a purely electric powertrain is pretty unique in any segment.
  • @greenpony: Gotcha! I thought that mercedesfan was addressing the uniqueness and quality of the interior, but even in that case Tesla has done some pretty unique things too. I really think that Tesla as a company is pretty unique too. They've re-written w
  • @greenpony, I mean that Tesla hasn't done anything particularly unique with the design details of the Model S for this segment. As a luxury car its execution of design details is actually a few pegs below the cars it competes against. The actual build qua
  • The first prototype of the MS has a very curvy interior all in black with light stitching. The 17 screen looked WAY out of place. I'm guessing that''s why they went with a sort of softened angled interior.
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