2021 Tesla Model S Electric

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2021 Tesla Model S electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 17, 2021

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The 2021 Tesla Model S marches into the year with a couple of major changes. The 2021 Tesla Model S' exterior now includes aggressive haunches and a sleeker hood. Also, it gets an updated interior with a horizontal layout infotainment screen and a yoke-style steering wheel. Apart from this, Tesla will also roll out two high-performance trims of the Model S in 2021, going by the name Plaid and Plaid+. 

The prices for the new 2021 Model S start from an MSRP of $78,490 for the Long Range Plus, whereas the meaner Model S Plaid is priced at $118,490, while the 520 mile-range Plaid+ comes at an MSRP of $148,490. However, the Tesla Model S is also eligible for the $1,500 California Clean Fuel Reward and gas savings of $5,500. For leasing, consider the 2021 Tesla Model S to cost you $1092 per month for 24 months, with $7500 rounded off at signing. 


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Pros

Superior performance

Amazing range

Abundant cargo space

Cons

Exterior might seem a little plain for the price

What's New?

New “Plaid+” promises an amazing 520 mile driving range

Upgraded interior


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$81190

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

295 hp @ 6400 rpm

transmission

1-speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14/14.4

dimensions

wheelbase

116.5 in.

length

66.9 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

4883 lbs.

ground clearance

4.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

58.1 cu ft.

payload

1056

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.5 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Trims

Long Range Plus $81,190 onwards

295 hp @ 6400 rpm | Electric |

  • 12.3" Digital Driver Display
  • 19" silver w/painted accents aluminum Wheels
  • 1st and 2nd row Fixed Glass Sunroof
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • Cabin overheat protection
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Heated 12-way power front seats
  • Heated Seat
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Leatherette Seats
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Navigation System
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Ultraviolet and Infrared protection on all glass
  • Wiper blade defroster
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.5

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.5

Competition

9.5

9.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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Once the jewel of the Tesla lineup, the Model S is finally being challenged by more luxurious rivals, but it's still a formidable luxe-class EV - CarAndDriver

The 2021 Tesla Model S is available in three variants - Long Range, Plaid, and Plaid+. The Plaid+ variant offers a quicker acceleration of 1.99 secs from 0-60 MPH and a higher top speed, apart from a couple of differentiating exterior cues. Although Tesla likes to stay quiet about the actual horsepower of their vehicles, the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+ will reportedly push out more than 1100 hp. 

However, for folks who are not big on the performance part of the Model S, the updated Long Range trim will also do the trick, as they do pack a decent mile-range of 412 miles and some impressive interior credentials, such as the new 17-inch infotainment setup. For a very long time, the Model S ran without a legitimate competitor. However, that all changed with the launch of the Porsche Taycan, which is about $30,000 more than the 2021 Model S.


9.0/10
Pricing and Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.5/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety

9.5/10
Competition


2021 Tesla Model S electric Pricing and Features

9.0/10

Available in three trims, the 2021 Tesla Model S will set you back by about $78,490 for the 'Long Range' and $118,490 for the 'Plaid' version. However, the company has also announced a more aggressive Model S Plaid+, which will have 1,100+ hp at its disposal. The new Model S has got some new and improved aerodynamic wheels along with reduced weight and maximizing the range and regenerative braking efficiency. 

The 2021 Tesla Model S comes loaded with a long list of features, wrapped inside a very minimalistic and modern interior layout. You still get all the modern luxury tech like heated seats, heated steering wheel, and Tesla's all famous AutoPilot is also offered as standard.

Trim

Long Range

Plaid

Plaid+

MSRP

$78,490

$118,490

$148,490

Key Features

HEPA air filtration Carbon Fibre Spoiler 19-inch Tempest WHeels
  Location-based automatic garage door opener

Ludicrous Mode

Navigate on Autopilot
  Tinted glass roof with UV & infrared protection

Tri-Motor setup

Premium 22-speaker audio setup
 

Heated steering wheels

Tri-Zone Climate Control

Gaming computer with 10 teraflops of processing power
  Custom Drive Profiles

 

 

Despite having almost similar features, the main difference between the three trims is highlighted in their names. The Long Range trim, which starts at $78,490, has a higher 412-mile range but lags in terms of performance. It has a top speed of only 155 mph and does 0-60 MPH in 3.1 seconds. Whereas, the Model S Plaid and the Plaid+ are more tilted towards better performance with a better 0-60 times of under 2 seconds.

2021 Tesla Model S electric Buying Advice

Which 2021 Tesla Model S trim do we recommend?

We recommend opting for the Long Range trim itself. Now, we know that the base Long Range trim has all of the required features and costs $40,000 less, but in our opinion, the bump in performance and range you get with the Plaid+ trim (priced at MSRP $148,490) makes the higher price worth it, especially with the infamous Ludicrous mode. Along with higher top speed and quicker acceleration, the Plaid and Plaid+ trim also offer slight interior updates and a carbon fiber spoiler.

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2021 Tesla Model S electric Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Alongside improvements to the range-focused Model S, Tesla has made the 2021 Model S Performance even quicker - MotorTrend

The incredible performance of the 2021 Tesla Model S is all based on its 2 motors which can be found one on each axle. The rear motor is the same old induction motor. However, the front motor is a new permanent magnet motor. A single-speed direct-drive means all that power goes directly to all the wheels. The 2021 Tesla Model S does the 0-60 MPH sprint in a mere 3.1 seconds. The Model S 'Plaid' on the other hand can do the same in an awe-inspiring 1.99 seconds.

The new 2021 Tesla Model S also goes on a diet and gets some new lightweight and aerodynamic wheels, and an improved regenerative braking system, which in turn increases the efficiency of the powertrain. A low center of gravity coupled with sharp steering and excellent suspensions makes the Model S have a driving experience that is smooth and reliable. It stays planted in a quick turn as well as on a straight. 

Models

2021 Tesla Model S

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S

MSRP

$78,990

$103,800

Engine

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

Transmission

1-Direct speed

2-speed automated manual

Power

N/A

429 hp @ 0 rpm

Torque

N/A

472 lb-ft @ 0 rpm

0-60 MPH

3.1 seconds

3.8 seconds

Quarter Mile

10.69 seconds

N/A

Even while the Porsche Taycan costs almost $30,000 more than the Model S, it substantially makes lesser power. Although that power difference might not translate into any real-world difference, it sure does hurt Taycan's reputation as a Porsche. Unlike the Model S however, the Taycan is equipped with a 2-speed transmission in the rear, which helps it modulate the power and hereby boosts its performance. 


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2021 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

9.5/10

Electric vehicles' fuel efficiency is measured in miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). The 2021 Tesla Model S offers a range of 390 or 520 MPGe depending on the variant you choose. The Model S Long Range also gets a better range with 412 miles on a single charge. Also, the Model S now comes with V3 Supercharging which Tesla claims will charge the car 25% faster.

Model

2021 Tesla Model S

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S

MPGE (City)

114

68

MPGE (Highway)

106

71

MPGE (Combined)

110

69

Range

412 miles

260

The 2020 Porsche Taycan has a range of 260 miles and although the official MPGe figures have not been revealed for the 2021 Taycan, we expect it to be similar to its predecessor. Even when comparing the Model S Plaid and the Taycan Turbo 4S, the Model S Plaid, for the price of $118,490 travels farther when compared to the 225 miles on the Taycan. 

2021 Tesla Model S electric Interior

9.0/10

The 2021 Tesla Model S is a five-passenger electric luxury sedan - Edmunds

The 2021 Tesla Model S gets an updated interior that sports a new horizontal-oriented touchscreen and an aircraft-style steering wheel. The Center stage is held by the 17-inch touchscreen at the center console which is used to control almost all the functions of the Model S. Moreover, the 2021 Tesla Model S also gets an entertainment system for the rear seats.

Teslas never had any problems with visibility. With wide viewing angles along with its plethora of autonomous features of the 2021 Tesla Model S one of the easiest and tension-free cars to drive. As there is no combustion engine present in the front or the rear, the Model S gets two different trunks, one in the front and one in the rear, taking the total cargo storage to a class-leading 26 cubic feet.

Also, the 2021 Model S boasts a tiny screen in the center console for the rear passengers to fulfill all their infotainment needs. Tesla also offers an App that can be linked with your car to control its features. Even the trunk and frunk are accessed via the screen. Opening the doors or the trunks, starting the car, or even summoning the car to find you in a parking lot!

Model

2021 Tesla Model S

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S

Seating Capacity

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/57.7/42.7

N/A

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.3/55/35.4

N/A

The interiors of the 2021 Porsche Taycan feels more like a Sports car, but with a lot of screens. While the Model S has taken a more simplistic route, the Taycan chooses to have a more clustered look. The 2021 Tesla Model S also retains the same dimensions as its predecessor, which means that it is as practical as always.


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2021 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

9.0/10

The Model S's sloped roofline cleverly hides a rear liftgate that opens up to reveal a huge 26-cubic-foot trunk - CarAndDriver

The 2021 Tesla Model S looks just as charismatic on the outside as it is impressive on the inside. The curvy yet angular front, the LED DRLs, and the sharp contour lines make the Model S look quite attractive. The 2021 Tesla Model S gets subtle exterior upgrades with more aggressive haunches and a sleeker-looking hood. The new  Model S also went through a weight reduction while still maintaining the same aesthetics. 

The addition of a Carbon fiber spoiler on the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid and the Plaid+ variant is subtle enough to blend into the design but will catch everyone’s eye. With its distinctive hatchback design and a set of new lightweight and aerodynamic wheels, the new Model S looks even more intriguing.

Model

2021 Tesla Model S

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S

Curb Weight

4,941 lbs

4,960 lbs

Length

196"

195.4"

Width

86.2"

77.4"

Height

56.5"

54.3"

Ground Clearance

4.6"

N/A

Wheelbase

116"

114.2"

The lack of a conventional combustion engine also gives the Model S a practical edge as well. The Model S's dimensions are much more proportionate and attractive than the Taycan's dimensions. It's lighter while having more length and a longer wheelbase. The Taycan is however substantially narrower than the Model S.

2021 Tesla Model S electric Sedan rear view
2021 Tesla Model S electric Sedan rear view
2021 Tesla Model S electric Sedan top view
2021 Tesla Model S electric Sedan left side view
2021 Tesla Model S electric Sedan right side view

2021 Tesla Model S electric Safety

8.5/10

The 2021 Tesla Model S gets an amazing array of safety sensors and masterful autonomous features that let you feel like a passenger at times even when you are in the driver’s seat. The Autonomous Autopilot enables your car to accelerate, brake, and steer on its own.

The new 2021 Model S will monitor traffic and road conditions constantly. It is also capable of seamlessly following navigation, taking into account the various interchanges and lane changes along the way. Sturdy construction and top-of-the-line safety features make the Model S very attractive to safety concerned buyers.

Some of the most prominent safety features of the 2021 Tesla Model S are:

  • Stability Control
  • Remote Anti Theft alarm system
  • Traction Control
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Blind Spot and Lane Departure Monitoring System

2021 Tesla Model S electric Competition

9.5/10

2021 Tesla Model S vs 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S

With the launch of the Taycan in 2020, the Model S finally has a worthy competitor. However, even when the Model S was in the market without any real competition, it never slacked off. Even after the Taycan’s launch, the comparison shows the clear advantage the Model S has.

It is lighter, faster, quicker, and has more range, all for $27,000 less. The Porsche, however, will nudge Tesla to step up their interior game. Taycan’s majestic interiors look spectacular compared to the Model S’s, which some people have chosen to call a little too simplified. 

2021 Tesla Model S electric Final Verdict

The new 2021 Tesla Model S is the epitome of electric cars. While cars like the Taycan 4S are much more expensive at an MSRP of $103,800, the Model S provides breathtaking performance, looks, and features at nearly half the price. Tesla’s success over the years was only possible with the Model S setting such a good example, which it will continue to do in 2021, with its updated interior and exterior styling and better range with Plaid+ variants.

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2021 Tesla Model S FAQs

Is the new 2021 Tesla Model S worth the price?

Yes, taking into consideration the amount of performance and practicality that is on offer, the 2021 Tesla Model S is totally worth its price.  

What is the release date for the 2021 Tesla Model S?

The 2021 Tesla Model S has already been released and is now available for order. However, the delivery time for the same will be about 5-8 weeks, depending on individual customizations as well. 

How much will the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid cost and when will it be available for purchase?

The company announced the Tesla Model S Plaid recently and as the CEO says, it will be available by the end of the year 2021. The base price for the Plaid will be $118,990. 

Have the prices changed for the 2021 Tesla Model S?

Yes, the prices have been slashed down for the new 2021 Tesla Model S as it now costs $72,990 for the 'Long Range' and $118,490 and the $148,490 for the 'Plaid' and 'Plaid+' versions respectively.

Car Rating

8.4

based on 14 ratings


8.6/10 Features
8.4/10 Interiors
8.5/10 Design
8.4/10 Safety
8.4/10 Reliability
7.9/10 Deal Value
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Codiak

2021 Tesla Model S electric

Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 5, 2021

Electric rocket ship.

Pros - Blistering performance,eco-friendliness,electronic gizmos.

Cons - Charging time,Low features,extravagant pricing.

The extreme family sedan you need but dont need. Supercar outshining performance at the tap of you feet albeit in straight lines.There are no normal ways about how this car runs or the literal Gs this car could pull during acceleration runs. 3 motor config,over the air up dates,autonomous drive. The central humoungous touch screen seems pretty modern and highly visible,but it takes some effort to get use to and essentially misses out on buttons and knobs that would have helped in making the setup more intuitive than confusing as now. The company have stuck with being minimalistic in design with this outrageous variant to.The most decieving looks to be sported by a car with exceptional calibre. Dude,it drives itself.So it much have the top notch safety hardware. The car dies when the battery dies. outrageously expensive at six fugures. On of the more interesting showrooms I've been in.

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8/10
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9/10
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9/10
Safety
9/10
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6/10
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Thomas L. Wang

2021 Tesla Model S electric

Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 8, 2021

2021 Tesla Model S

Pros - Low maintenance cost, quiet, easy to drive

Cons - Nothing

One car that certainly is being overlooked by prospective buyers. To experience the best of electic vehicle which according to me is the instant torque which come the very next moment you floor the accelerator, I chose the Performance trim which comes with more power than usual trim. The car handles the best if you ask me and never gives you a feeling of skidding on tight corners. Long list of features such as LED fog lamps, Tinted glass roof, Auto dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors, Custom driver profiles, Wireless phone charging Sexy is the word what will come out of your mouth the moment you sit inside and have a look around. The cant go wrong with design even if they build a boxy truck, people still gonna love it. most safest cars out there on road. It’s safe and reliable with good warranty. $7,500 down payment, 36 months, 10,000 miles only for $1,949 /month Good discount and firendly people

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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Francis K. Morrison

2021 Tesla Model S electric

Long Range Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 8, 2021

Tesla model S

Pros - Tech, driver-assist features

Cons - Engine noise, gas guzzler, plastic

For the people who wanna be seen cool. Good for daily driver with a long commute to work because of its Long range plus trim which gives you almost 400 miles range which is enough to travel long distances without worrying about going out of range. Dont miss the double boot space you get so you can store a lot in front and rear trunk. Cold weather features including heated seats for every passenger, heated steering wheel, wiper blade defrosters and washer nozzle heaters Best interior feature is the HEPA air filtration system which prevents viruses, bacteria and offensive odors from entering the cabin. This system does works great and elimiantes any unwanted smell. I love the design language Tesla is following. Super sexy. Tesla's are great with safety and this one is too. So far everything has been working better than I expected. Its expensive, specially the optional accessories. good deal

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Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Top User Reviews

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Electric rocket ship.

The extreme family sedan you need but dont need.

by Codiak

8

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2021 Tesla Model S

One car that certainly is being overlooked by prospective buyers.

by Thomas L. Wang

10

User Overall Rating

Tesla model S

For the people who wanna be seen cool.

by Francis K. Morrison

9

User Overall Rating

Super fast and comfortable

I knew this fast, I read countless reviews and watched videos on youtube but when you experience it first hand it is mind-blowingly quick. Far than what I expected and imagined. It can beat anything in a 0-60. The ride is very comfortable and it is stable as a mountain. Even on sharp corners, it doesn’t lose tail unless you want it to.

by Bennie N. Harrell

9

User Overall Rating

Ultimate performance sedan.

For those who crave for real speed in you family sedan.

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