There's no other car exactly like the 2012 Tesla Model S on the market.
The Fisker Karma might seem to be closest, but it's not all-electric, is the least efficient plug-in sold, and sacrifices interior and trunk space for swoopy styling--plus it has had worrisome quality flaws.
The Chevy Volt is less expensive than the Model S and offers far less room, but appeals to the same early adopters and technology fans.
We have to throw in the Nissan Leaf, because it's the only high-volume battery electric on sale, but it's a compact, utilitarian vehicle with only 73 miles of EPA range--and has none of the Tesla's glamor factor.
That leaves two five-door hatchback models from German luxury makers, the BMW 5-Series GT and the Audi A7.
Both are low-volume offshoots of much better-selling sedans, but they're the closest in functionality and luxury to the Tesla.
Both have far more standard and optional equipment, but they also have gasoline engines and no plugs, which for many buyer will eliminate them immediately.
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|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Electric||Supercharged Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Electric/Gas I4||Electric|
|NA||Midsize Cars||Mid-Size||Compact Cars||Midsize|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||5-Door HB||4-Door HB SV|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||4dr Sedan||Hatchback||4 Door Hatchback|
|NA||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic|
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|2012 Tesla Model S vs. 2012 Audi A7||2012 Tesla Model S vs. 2012 BMW 5-Series||2012 Tesla Model S vs. 2012 Chevrolet Volt||2012 Tesla Model S vs. 2012 Nissan Leaf|