2018 Tesla Model S vs. Its Competition

2018 Tesla Model S

This year, two all-electric cars enter the fray as competitors to the Tesla Model S.

One is the Chevy Bolt EV, the first mass-priced battery-electric car with range approaching that of a Tesla, at a rated 238 miles.

It’s an upright, compact, five-door hatchback at half the price of a Model S, but it’s the first of a growing number of less-expensive long-range electric cars.

It’s also a Chevy, which may be its biggest flaw in the eyes of Tesla shoppers.

Then there’s the company’s own Model X--another hatchback on the same running gear--and the Model 3, which is smaller, has fewer features and a much plainer interior, but similar range for prices one-third or more lower.

If you’re not already on the reservation list, it may take you a year or more to get one, but Model 3s are now reaching buyers.

On the other hand, the large German luxury sedans—BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Porsche Panamera—all offer plug-in hybrid versions, albeit with minimal electric range.

They’re undeniably more luxurious inside and offer a wider array of luxury features, but they’re not electric, and that may take them out of contention.

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2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
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2018 Mercedes-Benz S4502018 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo2018 Porsche Panamera
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2018 Tesla Model X2018 Tesla Model X
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2018 Tesla Model S still delivers unequaled battery-electric performance, though its style and safety are beginning to show their age.
8.2
The 2018 BMW 7-Series is a plush ride with plenty of powertrain options and customizable features that places it among the full-size greats.
7.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.
8.4
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz continues to push the envelope for comfort. safety, and autonomous driving aids, while improving upon its effortless power and dignified road manners.
8.4
The 2018 Porsche Panamera is a worthy four-seater for the vaunted Porsche badge.
7.7
The 2018 Tesla Model X is the only all-electric SUV you can buy this year. It’s swift, pleasant to travel in, and relatively practical, save for its somewhat silly doors.
MSRP From     
$78,000$83,100$36,620$89,900$85,000$84,000
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
ElectricIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6ElectricTwin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Electric
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge Cars- TBD -Large CarsLarge CarsN/A
Style Name     
75D AWD740i Sedan5-Door HB LTS 450 SedanRWD75D AWD
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555545
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanHatchbackSedanHatchbackSport Utility
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODNAAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic
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