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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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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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TCC's Bottom Line 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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg N/A mpg
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
EPA Classification NA Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 55.0 51.7
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 33.3
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 41.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 54.7 50.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 54.3
Second Head Room (in) 35.3 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 52.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 42.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.0 92.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 77.3 69.7
Track Width, Front (in) 65.4 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.0 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 196.0 175.0
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 61.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 66.9 60.4
Wheelbase (in) 116.5 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 24.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 30.0
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 11.14 x 1.1
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) 14.4 x 1.1 11.5 x 0.63
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A 36.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.0 34.1
Steering Type Electric Rack-&-Pinion Electric Pwr
Rear Tire Size 245/45R19 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 245/45R19 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare 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) 4647 3256
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) NA NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) NA NA
Fuel System NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 325 187 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code NA EM61
Displacement NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 362 @ 6000 107 @ - TBD -
Engine Type Electric Electric
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy 90 (2012) 102
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) NA NA
Battery Range (mi) 160 75
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) NA NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - City 88 (2012) 129
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 89 (2012) 115
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 7.9377
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. NA Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 9.73 - TBD -
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 - - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code NA RE1F61A
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Hatchback
Vehicle Name Tesla Model S Nissan LEAF
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year NA NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - NA
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