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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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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
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars NA
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
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
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Leg Room (in) 31.9 35.4
Front Leg Room (in) 40.5 42.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 94.0
Front Hip Room (in) - 55.0
Second Hip Room (in) - 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in) 62 66.9
Wheelbase (in) 101 116.5
Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 11.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 2.8 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - - TBD -
Brakes
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
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
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 Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P155/70R19 245/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P155/70R19 245/45R19
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2799 4647
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Material Forged Aluminum Aluminum
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 - Hwy 111 90 (2012)
Battery Range (mi) 80 160
EPA MPG Equivalent - City 137 88 (2012)
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 124 89 (2012)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - NA
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - NA
Transmission
Trans Order Code NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Type 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
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
Summary
Vehicle Name BMW i3 Tesla Model S
Body Style Hatchback Sedan
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - NA
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - - TBD -
 
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