It's not immediately obvious which cars directly compete with the unique 2013 Tesla Model S.
The closest may be the pricey Fisker Karma, but it's not fully electric, the swoopy styling comes at the cost of interior space and cargo capacity, and it's the least efficient plug-in on the market.
Technology fans and early adopters may be drawn to the Chevy Volt, which is less expensive and far less roomy, but it too has an engine.
For battery electric cars, there's the Nissan Leaf, lightly revised this year and now made in Tennessee, but it only offers about 75 miles of range, and it's utilitarian, not luxurious or sporty.
Then there are a pair of mid-size sporty hatchbacks, the Audi A7 and BMW 5-Series GT.
They're closest to the Model S in luxury and functionality, but both have only gasoline engines--and no plugs--which likely dooms them for most Tesla buyers.
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|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Electric||Supercharged Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas/Electric I4||Electric|
|NA||Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Compact Cars||Midsize|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige||5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD||5-Door HB||4-Door HB S|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||Hatchback||Hatchback||4 Door Hatchback|
|NA||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic|
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