The 2016 Tesla Model S ranks 1 out of 11 Luxury Large Cars. Test drivers report the 2016 Tesla Model S delivers incredible acceleration and a comfortable, composed ride along with intuitive tech features and ample cargo room. Auto writers rave about the 2016 Tesla Model S' exceptional power delivery and quick acceleration. It has precise steering and strong brakes, as well as a comfortable ride that’s still nimble around turns.
The base 2016 Tesla Model S comes standard with an electric motor, a single-speed transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Models with the optional all-wheel drive feature a second electric motor. According to the EPA, the base Model S gets 88/90 mpg-equivalent city/highway and has a 234-mile range.
The Model S has plenty of power and delivers exhilarating acceleration. It has fine-tuned steering and strong brakes, along with a comfortable ride and agile handling.
The 2016 Model S has a high-end interior fitted with mostly top-notch materials. The front seats aren't as supportive as those in some competitors, but there is plenty of legroom in both rows. Second-row headroom is limited, so tall passengers may not be as comfortable in the rear seats. The Model S' large touch screen on the center stack controls nearly all of the car's features and systems. It is straightforward and can be used with gestures like pinching and swiping. The Model S has more cargo room than nearly every rival.
Standard features in the 2016 Model S include a 17-inch touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, HD Radio, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, front- and rearview cameras, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring. Options include a 12-speaker premium audio system, a panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, adaptive cruise control, automatic parallel park assist, and advanced lane keep assist with automatic steering.
Acceleration and Power The base 2016 Model S 70 has an electric motor that makes 315 horsepower. According to the EPA, it earns 88/90 mpg-equivalent (mpg-e) city/highway and has a range of 234 miles. The all-wheel drive Model S 70D has two electric motors that combined make 328 horsepower. It gets up to
The all-wheel drive Model S 90D has two electric motors that together generate 417 horsepower. It gets up to 95/106 mpg-e city/highway and has a range of 270 miles. All models come standard with a single-speed transmission.
The performance-oriented all-wheel drive Model S P90D has two electric motors that make up to 532 horsepower and 713 pound-feet of torque. Tesla reports that the P90D can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
The Model S has thrilling, yet quiet power on the road. It accelerates quickly from a stop, especially the performance-oriented P90D. However, the Model S'
A charger with adaptors for 110- and 240-volt outlets, as well as one for use at public charging stations, come standard with the 2016 Tesla Model S.
Using a standard 110-volt outlet, the Model S gains up to 3 miles of range for each hour of charging. With a 240-volt power source, the Model S gets up to 29 miles of range for each hour of charging, or up to 58 miles of range when using the optional dual charger.
Model S owners can use Tesla's system of Supercharger stations at no cost. Tesla's Superchargers give the Model S 170 miles of range in 30 minutes.
The 2016 Model S is equipped with standard rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive (models with a "D" designation) and an adaptive air suspension are optional. The Model S has a smooth, comfortable ride, and due to its low center of gravity, it is agile around corners. The steering is responsive and precise, and the brakes are strong.
Tesla Model S Interior
Most test drivers say the 2016 Tesla Model S has an upscale interior made with high-end materials, but some competitors have nicer materials. The seats don't provide as much support as some rivals', though there is ample legroom in both rows. Tall passengers may not have enough headroom in the second row.
The large touch screen is
There are seats for five in the 2016 Model S, though seating capacity increases to seven with the optional rear-facing jump seats. The Model S comes standard with 12-way power-adjustable, heated front seats and leatherette upholstery. Heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and leather upholstery are optional.
The front seats are not as supportive nor as adjustable as those in some rivals. Still, there's plenty of legroom in both rows of seats. Rear-seat headroom may not be sufficient for tall passengers, and the optional jump seats only offer enough room for small
The 2016 Tesla Model S comes standard with a 17-inch touch screen, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, front- and rearview cameras, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.
Optional features include a 12-speaker premium audio system, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, automatic parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, and advanced lane keep assist with automatic steering. The Model S' driver assistance features form the Autopilot system, which can autonomously adjust speed, steer in the lane, and change lanes.
The Model S' touch screen operates like a tablet or smartphone,
The 2016 Model S is a hatchback and has 26.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind its rear seats and 58.1 cubic feet with them folded. Additionally, a small storage space under the hood provides an additional 5.3 cubic feet. The Model S has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. A power liftgate is optional.
Due to its lack of an engine or fuel tank, the Model S impresses with its ample cargo room. There are few small-item storage spaces in the cabin, however.
Details: 2016 Tesla Model
The 2016 Tesla Model S seats five (or seven with optional rear-facing jump seats) and comes standard with an electric motor, a single-speed transmission, and rear-wheel drive. An all-wheel drive system (models with "D" designation) with a second electric motor is optional. The Model S comes in four trims: 70, 70D, 90D, and high-performance P90D.
The Model S debuted for the 2012 model year and is mostly unchanged for 2016. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2016 model years.
2016 Tesla Model S Warranty
The 2016 Tesla Model S comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty and an eight-year/unlimited-mile battery and powertrain warranty.
Critics' Rating: 9.6
#1 in Luxury Large Cars
#1 in Luxury Hybrid and Electric Cars
Pros & Cons
Comfortable, composed ride
Intuitive touch screen
Ample cargo room
Rivals have more comfortable seats
Notable for 2016
New rear-wheel drive 70 base trim
New top 90D and P90D trims
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