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2023 Tesla Model S Review: Specs and Pricing

Updated: Mar 2

Tesla Model S


The vehicle that ignited the EV revolution is beginning to age. The sedan-like hatchback remains competitive even though the 2023 Tesla Model S lags behind recently developed competitors with more extravagant amenities and longer driving distances. After all, a single charge of the Model S provides a range of up to 405 miles.

Additionally, the 1020 horsepower, three-motor Plaid performance model accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in under 2.1 seconds, matching the acceleration of high-end hypercars. The BMW i7 and Lucid Air, among other cutting-edge rivals, have largely eclipsed Tesla in terms of popularity. In addition, the Model S's six-figure price tag doesn't go with its mid-luxe interior, especially when contrasted to the opulent interiors of the Lucid and the BMW.

Although we believe the strange yoke-style steering wheel on the Tesla detracts from the driving experience, at least a conventional wheel is once more an option. The 2023 Model S is still the company's top model, giving customers access to the most recent software and Tesla's cutting-edge, albeit somewhat dubious, AutoPilot hands-free driving option.

What Has Changed For 2023?

The conventional key fob in the shape of a car has been replaced with a new key card for the Model S this year. In addition, a standard steering wheel comes back as a free option (existing owners can optionally have a $700 retrofit). Be ready for additional Model S changes in the future because Tesla is known for making changes to its vehicles throughout each model year.

2023 Tesla Model S: EV Motor And Performance

No matter whatever version you choose, the Model S boasts full-time all-wheel drive thanks to dedicated electric motors for the front and rear axles. The various models' acceleration varies greatly, sometimes astounding. Due to its quick power delivery, our 2020 Model S test vehicle produced a scorching 2.4-second sprint to 60 mph and proved to be incredibly enjoyable. The Plaid version has an additional electric motor, increasing total output to 1020 horsepower, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.1 seconds.

The base Model S has established itself as a nimble sports sedan with precise driving and well-controlled body movements. Drivers can pick between two distinct settings for heavy or mild steering effort, although neither one offers more feedback from the road. A standard steering wheel is an inexpensive alternative; however, the available yoke-style steering wheel is poorly integrated and detracts from the driving experience. It drives confidently and almost serenely on the highway thanks to its adept handling and comfortable ride.

2023 Tesla Model S: Battery Life, Charging, And Range

A battery pack hidden beneath the Tesla's floor gives the vehicle a low center of gravity and evenly distributed weight from front to back. The standard version's battery can provide a range of up to 405 miles, while the Plaid model's battery can provide a range of up to 396 miles. The driving range and acceleration performance vary from model to model. The BMW i7's 318-mile maximum range is by far the shortest, while the Lucid Air's estimated 517-mile range is the current high-water mark.

2023 Tesla Model S: Interior And Comfort

Given that the Model S starts at over $100,000, it's realistic for customers to anticipate some level of elegance within the vehicle. The interior is pleasant enough, but not nearly as sumptuous as some of our favorites, like the Volvo S90 and Mercedes-Benz E-class, which both cost much less.

A neatly concealed rear liftgate that opens to reveal a massive 26-cubic-foot trunk is concealed by the Model S's sloping roofline. Without folding the back seats, we were able to store eight of our carry-on-size cases. The interior's meager small-item cubby storage, particularly in the back seat, is made up for by a sizable underfloor bin in the rear cargo area.

2023 Tesla Model S: Connectivity

The Model S's interior, which features a massive infotainment screen that comes standard and manages practically all of the vehicle's functions, will appeal to fans of contemporary minimalism. While technophiles will be in heaven, we're not entirely convinced. Some drivers may have to slant forward in their seats to reach specific symbols due to the location of the screen on the dashboard, especially those that are close to the top-right of the display. In contrast to the less-priced Model 3, the Model S offers a small touchscreen in the back seat as well as a second display for the instrument cluster.

2023 Tesla Model S: Pricing

Priced from $104,990 for the 2023 Model S Long Range and $135,990 for the Model S Plaid, respectively. Although some of its competitors are more expensive, it is one of the most expensive models in the expanding luxury electric car market.

Which One To Purchase?

The base model, with an estimated range of 405 miles per charge, is what we'd recommend. Even if the Plaid's ultra-high performance sounds appealing, its approximately $138k beginning price detracts from its worth unless you are absolutely required to own a car with the acceleration of a Top Fuel dragster.

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