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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $57,400
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $92,400
4-Door Sedan Signature N/A N/A N/A $95,400
4-Door Sedan Signature Performance N/A N/A N/A $105,400
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Monthly Payment Estimate
$957 / month
$652 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Tesla Model S sedan turns out to be a much better car than most expected; it just might meld sport-sedan driving, interior space, and comfort with zero-emission running in one revolutionary package. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is the plug-in electric car you drive as far as you want--if you can find one to buy.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg 35 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg 40 mpg
EPA Classification NA Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors 4 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 54.7 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 56.5
Second Head Room (in) 35.3 36.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 53.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 42.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.0 90.0
Front Hip Room (in) 55.0 53.7
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 34.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 37.8
Passenger Capacity 5 4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 65.4 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 196.0 177.1
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 56.6
Track Width, Rear (in) 66.9 62.1
Wheelbase (in) 116.5 105.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 77.3 70.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) - TBD - 10.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.4 x 1.1 11.5 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Regenerative
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.0 x 1.3 11.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA 9.3
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.0 36.0
Steering Type Electric Rack-&-Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code NA 5GN
Front Tire Size 245/45R19 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA 5GN
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 245/45R19 P215/55R17
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4647 3781
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) NA - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 325 - TBD -
Engine Order Code NA LUU
Displacement NA 1.4L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 362 @ 6000 - TBD -
Engine Type Electric Electric/Gas I4
Fuel System NA Electronic Fuel Injection
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) NA 40
EPA MPG Equivalent - City - TBD - 95
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined - TBD - 94
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) NA 35
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy - TBD - 93
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) NA 37
Battery Range (mi) 160 (Est) 35
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 9.73 NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code NA MKA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. NA Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Body Style Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name Tesla Model S Chevrolet Volt
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - 8
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year NA 5.0
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
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