As one of the most desirable electric cars available today, the 2014 Tesla Model S is also one of the best luxury sedans, too.
The 2014 Tesla Model S effectively crushes every preconceived notion you may have had about electric cars. Unlike the quirky pod cars, golf carts or even economy car-based EVs, the Tesla drives just like a conventional luxury sedan.
The 2014 Tesla Model S is propelled by a water-cooled electric motor that routes power directly to the wheels through a single-speed direct drive. Lithium-ion battery packs are also utilized throughout the lineup. The Model S 60's motor output is rated at 380 horsepower and Tesla expects it to reach 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. The EPA estimates a range of 208 miles. It's a realistic number, but as with all EVs, your driving style greatly influences the actual range.
The 2014 Tesla Model S features a cabin that one might imagine in a car of the future. Almost all knobs and buttons are absent, replaced by a sleek 17-inch vertical touchscreen that controls almost all onboard systems. Besides looking futuristic, the system actually functions well, too. Users can configure the placement of audio, climate, and navigation controls to their liking. We'd opt for the Tech package's enhanced navigation system, though, as the standard system provides only maps and no turn-by-turn directions.
The Model S 60 comes with 19-inch wheels, all-season tires, automatic xenon headlights, LED tail lights, keyless entry and start, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 17-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, cloth and premium vinyl upholstery, heated eight-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar), 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone, and audio connectivity and a seven-speaker sound system with dual USB ports (media and charging) and HD radio. A cellular connection, Internet radio, and WiFi connectivity are included. A universal mobile connector (with 110-volt, 240-volt, and J1772 adapters) is included as well.
Standard safety features for all 2014 Tesla Model S variants include head, knee, and pelvic airbags for the front passengers and front and rear side curtain airbags. All models have stability and trac