Compare 2014 BMW i3 vs 2013 Tesla Model S

2014 BMW i3
2013 Tesla Model S
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB N/A N/A $38,040 $41,350
4-Door HB w/Range Extender N/A N/A $41,585 $45,200
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $69,900
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $89,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,040
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,350
$69,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$689 / month
$1165 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 BMW i3 is a truly radical attempt to reinvent the car--and the BMW--for the crowded cities of a new century. The Tesla Model S is a revolutionary electric car that blends sporty handling and lots of space, with a range of battery sizes so buyers can choose (and pay for) only the range they need.
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Fuel Economy
City
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Highway
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars NA
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 35.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.7
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 55.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 57.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 94.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
101 116.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 65.4
Length, Overall (in)
157 196.0
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.5
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 14.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 14.4 x 1.1
Brake Type
- Pwr
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Rack-&-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 37.0
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 245/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 245/45R19
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 4647
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 325
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 362 @ 6000
Fuel System
- NA
Displacement
- NA
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 89 (2012)
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 90 (2012)
Battery Range (mi)
80 160
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 88 (2012)
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- NA
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 - TBD -
Trans Type
1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 9.73
Clutch Size (in)
- NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Tesla Model S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- NA
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -

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