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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB S N/A N/A $26,986 $28,800
4-Door HB SV N/A N/A $29,810 $31,820
4-Door HB SL N/A N/A $32,635 $34,840
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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
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TCC’s Bottom Line The 2013 is the greenest car you can buy--if you can live with between 70 and 100 miles of driving range on a full battery charge. 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
EPA Classification Midsize NA
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 51.7 55.0
Second Leg Room (in) 33.3 35.4
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 38.8
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 92.4 94.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.5 55.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 66.9
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 116.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 77.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.6 65.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 6.0
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 196.0
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 56.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 30.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 24.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - - TBD -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 0.63 14.4 x 1.1
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.14 x 1.1 14.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Steering Type Electric Pwr Electric Rack-&-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 36.1 N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1 37.0
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/55R16 245/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/55R16 245/45R19
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3256 4647
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) NA NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - NA
Engine Type Electric Electric
Fuel System NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 187 @ - TBD - 325
Engine Order Code EM61 NA
Displacement NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 107 @ - TBD - 362 @ 6000
EPA MPG Equivalent - City 129 88 (2012)
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 115 89 (2012)
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) NA NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) NA NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy 102 90 (2012)
Battery Range (mi) 75 160
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code RE1F61A NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 7.9377 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 9.73
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Body Style 4 Door Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name Nissan LEAF Tesla Model S
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - N/A
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year NA NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score NA - TBD -
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