Compare 2014 BMW i3 vs 2013 Tesla Model S

2014 BMW i3
2013 Tesla Model S
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4-Door HB
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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4-Door Sedan
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.6
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
City
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Highway
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars NA
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 35.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.7
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 55.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 94.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
101 116.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 65.4
Length, Overall (in)
157 196.0
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- - TBD -
Brakes
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
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake Type
- Pwr
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 37.0
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Rack-&-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 245/45R19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 245/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 4647
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
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 -
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 325
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 362 @ 6000
Fuel System
- NA
Displacement
- NA
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 88 (2012)
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 89 (2012)
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 90 (2012)
Battery Range (mi)
81 160
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 - TBD -
Trans Type
1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
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
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Tesla Model S
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double-Wishbone
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing 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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