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2017 Tesla Model S: Overview

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author photo by Autotrader May 2017

What's New For 2017?

After a facelift last year, the Model S gets only minor changes this year. The biggest update is that the base model's battery life has gone from 70 kilowatt hours to 75, increasing its range.

What We Like

Exceptional range; great power; neat touchscreen; excellent crash-test scores

What We Don't

Design is aging rapidly; some flimsy controls; seats aren't very comfortable

Overview

The 2017 Tesla Model S is a fully electric luxury sedan that continues to captivate automotive and technology enthusiasts alike. There are many reasons for the Model S' success -- including its thrilling performance, its amazing electric range and its impressive technology, which is based around a huge central touchscreen. It's no wonder why thrill-seeking luxury-sedan buyers are eager to try it out.

Under the Model S' hood, you'll actually find a trunk. That's because the Model S is powered not by a gasoline engine but rather by electric batteries located near the bottom of the sedan. The other, more traditional trunk is located in back, under a power-operated tailgate.

Drivers can choose from four versions. The base model is dubbed the "75" (or 75D, if you add all-wheel drive); it starts around $71,000, and offers up to 382 horsepower, while the $75,500 75D boasts 518 hp. From there, the 90D ($88,500) and 100D ($98,500) boast additional range, while the top of the Model S heap is the high-performance P100D, which boasts an amazing 779 horsepower, accelerates from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds, and costs around $140,000.

Of course, options increase the cost beyond those prices. Depending on the model you choose, you might pay $3,500 for Tesla's "Premium Upgrade Package," which includes additional lighting, improved interior trim and an air filtration system, among other benefits. The brand's enhanced autopilot system is $5,000 extra, while "full self-driving capability" is an extra $3,000. Other options include a cold weather package for $1,000 (heated seats and steering wheel) and rear-facing seats for $4,000.

Overall, however, the biggest selling point for the 2017 Tesla Model S is its range. The base-level 75-kWh model can travel around 250 miles of range, while the 90D can reach 294 miles. The high-performance P100D can hit 315 miles on a single charge, while the 100D can do a truly impressive 335 miles between charges -- more than any other electric vehicle.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2017 Tesla Model S: Overview - Autotrader