2014 Tesla Model S vs. Its Competition

2014 Tesla Model S
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2014 Tesla Model S is still the world's best and most desirable electric car, the only one that's a practical--if somewhat futuristic--competitor to German luxury sedans that include the Audi A6 and A8, BMW 5-Series and 7-Series, and Mercedes E-Class and all-new S-Class.

But Tesla's customers will more likely be looking at the BMW i3 electric car (with or without its optional gasoline range extender), the range-extended electric Chevy Volt, or the new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid.

But every other battery-electric car has a range half that of the Tesla, or less, and the rest burn gasoline at least some of the time.

No other car offers precisely the mix of characteristics that Tesla does, which is why it's done so well and remains a status symbol and a look into the future, all at the same time.

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8.6
Now in its third year, the 2014 Tesla Model S has no direct competitor. It remains the undisputed top choice in the growing world of plug-in electric cars, and there's a good case to be made that it's the most advanced car of any kind on the planet.
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With TDI range and captivating connectivity, the 2014 Audi A8 adds very long-distance touring to its considerable portfolio of talents.
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The 2014 BMW 7-Series is not just luxurious and comfortable, but exceptionally quick and technologically advanced.
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The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is one of the best plug-in vehicles on the market, and it costs $5,000 less than it did last year.
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class makes an emotional appeal for its claim as the best sedan in the world, and we're feeling it.
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The 2014 Porsche Panamera adds to the desirability of an already heady mix of performance, style, and functionality.
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