2012 Tesla Model S Electric

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Updated on: June 5, 2021

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Electric cars have a reputation for being dull and boring, and Tesla is at outset to change this perception. Its Model S is not only the best electric car out there in the world, but also sets the bar high for premium luxury Electric sedans. This handsome-looking sedan also offers superlative performance and range on higher trims that can help it compete with modern-day sports cars as well.

Just launched in 2012 only, the Tesla Model S has practically no all-electric competitors to compete with and the only sensible options available today to be compared with are Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf electric, both of which are based on an existing economy gasoline-powered car. There are a few other cars too, but none of them come even close to the power, performance, or luxury that Tesla has to offer.

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Pros

Superior battery range

Impressive sleek styling

Exciting performance throughout the range

Reasonable price for the available performance

Cons

Reliability unknown

Options package are expensive

What's New?

All new first-generation model for 2012 model year


2012 Tesla Model S Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.6

based on 44 ratings


8.1/10 Features
8.0/10 Interiors
8.0/10 Design
8.0/10 Safety
7.8/10 Reliability
7.3/10 Deal Value

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2012 Tesla Model S Overall Reviews


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Michael

2012 Tesla Model S electric

Performance 4dr Sedan (electric DD)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 5, 2021

Pays off much more

Pros - Electric car, stunning performance and looks, classy and spacious interiors, great storage space, handsome range,

Cons - A bit pricey

Everything is stunning about this electric car I am 55 year old now and an active environmentalist as well. So I wanted a Tesla from a few years. Finally booked one and got around August, 2012. A bit pricey, but stunning performance and looks. It becomes the center of attraction wherever it goes. Inside it's classy, nothing could have been better. Throw-you-back-the-seat kind of acceleration, yet the quiet cabin makes it a fun. It has air suspension, so no compromise on handling or comfort as well. 26 cu-ft at rear and almost 5 or 6cu-ft at front is more than sufficient. Almost 240-255 miles of range when driven constantly around 75-90mph. I opted for the Continental high performance tires that certainly add to the cost and make it almost close to 100,000 bucks. But believe me, it certainly pays off much more. Great dealership, awesome people, treatment is superb. Had been an awesome experience with the Tesla Southlake.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
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Jonathan

2012 Tesla Model S electric

Signature 4dr Sedan (electric DD)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 27, 2021

2012 Tesla Model S!

Pros - Good performance. Interiors. Cargo capacity.

Cons - Uncertain future for Tesla. Reduced battery range.

Fun but lacks range! I definitely bought the Model S for the performance and the great interiors back in 2018. I'm a big fan of things being minimalistic and really love the simple dash design. Although its fun to drive the Model S with it's rabbit-like acceleration for daily commutes, the range has definitely taken a hit. I would still manage about 110-120 miles on a full charge when I got the car. But it has even slid down to 75-80 miles in the last two years. Also with Tesla having a no longer certified used car program, I really advise on not opting for a used Tesla just because of the depriciation issue! I really like the entire service experience. From online appointments, automated check-in and accurate online updates. I also like availing the mobile service if I can't drive down to the center.

5/10
Features
7/10
Interior
6/10
Design
6/10
Safety
4/10
Reliability
2/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

GS

Glen T. Spencer

2012 Tesla Model S electric

4dr Sedan (electric DD)

1

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 3, 2021

Worth the pennies, but don't have much myself

Pros - Athletic demeanor, Stylish, 17-inch touchscreen

Cons - Pricey

Green theme with athleticism and luxury I don't have a Model S, but I have one. Actually to sort out the previous statement, let me make it clear that my friend does own a Tesla Model S, but I don't. Recently he went out for some business purposes to Singapore, and asked me to take care of his Model S. So it was like a dream come true for me. I had driven this Model S for about 6 months. Stylish, sleek, futuristic, awesome electric range, and on-demend acceleration are some terms that do extreme justice while writing a review. The quite cabin is a serene place to be in. The 17 inch touchscreen is visionary and super-interactive. Heated power seats and Dual-zone auto climate control makes the time more pleasurable. You will feel the luxury inside which makes you feel homely. I usually travel alone in it but there is loads of room and cargo space if you need. Although it has a single charger, 7 hours seem sufficient for recharging as you sleep at night. But I do not let it drain fully, so 3-4 hours are sufficient for me. I feel the drive to be very athletic, the ride quality yet being agreeable. The only disappointment now comes in the form of handing it back to the friend, and not having pennies enough to own one for self. Don't know much about dealership as I haven't been there for buying or repair myself.

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

vehicle bio

base price

$59900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

362 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

325 lb.-ft.

transmission

1-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

116.5 in.

length

195.9 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

4647 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.7 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base $59,900 onwards

362 hp @ 6000 rpm | Electric | electric

  • 19" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • AM/FM/HD, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Firmer suspension tuning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Parking Assist
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Rear Air Conditioning w/ Separate Controls
  • Spoiler-mounted solar panel

Performance $94,900 onwards

416 hp @ 5000 rpm | Electric | electric

  • Driver Lumbar Support

Signature $95,400 onwards

362 hp @ 6000 rpm | Electric | electric

  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Navigation System

Signature Performance $105,400 onwards

416 hp @ 5000 rpm | Electric | electric

  • Alcantara Simulated Suede Seat Trim
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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.7

Overall Rating


In a world of fast cars with big engines guzzling on gallons of fuel within minutes, Tesla showed the audacity to introduce an electric vehicle with some supercar shaming performance and excellent driving range along with a futuristic technology underneath. The Model S offers almost everything you can ask for in a luxury sedan and it will blow you away with its gut-punching performance from all its models.


8.0/10
Pricing and Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2012 Tesla Model S electric Pricing and Features

8.0/10

The Tesla Model S is available in four basic trims but various motor and battery combinations to match the budget and needs of buyers from all walks of life. There are various features available as standard, with more added on in every trim alongside a larger battery and additional motors to generate more power and torque. The price of the sedan falls between $59,350 for the Base trim to $107,350 for the high-end Signature Performance trim.

Trims

Base

Signature

Performance

Signature Performance

MSRP

$59,350

$97,350

$94,350

$107,350

Key Features

362 hp AC motor with 40 kWh battery

Base trim plus;

416 hp AC motor with 100 kWh battery

Performance trim plus;

 

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Headlamp

Base trim plus;

Carbon Trim On Dash

 

7-speaker 200W stereo system

12-speaker 580W surround system

Carbon And Leather Trim On Center Console

21" Silver Wheels w/High Performance Tires

 

Dual Zone Front Climate Control

Rear View Camera

Leather and Sueded Microfiber upholstery

 
 

Heated Power Mirrors

Universal Remote Transmitter

Heated Front Seats

 
 

8-Way Power Driver Seat

12-Way Power Heated Front Seats

   
 

Cloth and Leatherette Upholstery

Premium Leather Upholstery

   

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Although the top high-performance trim is the one that has people excited, the prices also shoot up drastically for the higher-end trims. Thus, opting for the base trim with a larger battery pack seems like an ideal choice to save some money and get maximum practicality out of it. All in all, the Base trim with a larger battery suffices all the needs and therefore becomes a value for money offering. 

2012 Tesla Model S electric Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Tesla Model S is available with various levels of powertrain options, which provide a varied range of performance as well. The base trim gets a 362 hp and 325 lb-ft, AC electric motor that is mated to a single-speed automatic transmission. There is also an option for dual, and triple motor setup with maximum power output rated at 416 hp. The base powertrain is brisk, to say the least, as it can speed to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, whereas the quarter-mile is completed in a blistering 13.3 seconds, thanks to all the torque available instantly. 

Model

Tesla Model S

Ford Focus Electric

Nissan Leaf SV

MSRP

$59,350

$39,995

$36,050

Engine

Liquid-cooled, 3-phase, 4-pole, AC induction

AC permanent magnet synchronous motor

AC permanent magnet synchronous motor

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

1-speed automatic

1-speed automatic

1-speed automatic

Power

362 hp @ 6,000 rpm

143 hp

107 hp

Torque

325 lb-ft @ 0 rpm

181 lb-ft

207 lb-ft

0-60 mph (sec)

5.6

10.3

10.0

Quarter-mile (sec)

13.3

17.9

17.6

Top Speed (mph)

134

85

92

There is clearly no competition to the Model S as we can see that both the Ford Focus Electric and the Nissan Leaf Electric generate a much lower power and torque output and hence have considerably slower acceleration timings. The top speed too is pretty low for the hatchbacks, whereas the Tesla can go up to 134 mph with the base powertrain specs.

2012 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

9.9/10

Tesla makes use of a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack which is available in different sizes depending on the variants. There is a 40 kWh, 60 kWh, and top-of-line 85 kWh battery available, each of which provides a decent amount of range on a single charge. The base trim is rated for 160 miles, whereas the 85 kWh battery can go up to 265 miles on a single charge, but then both these numbers are in test conditions, and in the real world, the range is set to drop. There are supercharging stations available all over the country, with new ones being added every day, but with a 220V power socket, it takes 10 hours to replenish the battery.

Model

Tesla Model S

Ford Focus Electric

Nissan Leaf

Battery Type

Liquid-cooled, Lithium-ion

Lithium-ion, liquid-cooled/heated

Laminated lithium-ion battery

Battery Capacity (kW-h)

40.0

33.5

24.0

Battery Range (miles)

160

76.0

73

It’s again a complete washout for the Tesla Model S, as even its base trim, it is leaps and bound ahead of the Focus Electric and Leaf Electric. They both have a similar driving range of over 70 miles on a single charge, but the Model S offers more than double despite offering such high levels of performance. 

2012 Tesla Model S electric Interior

9.9/10

Inside a Tesla Model S, it feels like stepping into the future as every button, knob, switch that can ever be needed is replaced by a mammoth 17-inch touchscreen system placed at the center of the dash. It is one of the most premium, classy, and futuristic cabins that you will ever see in any modern-day car today.

In terms of comfort, there is ample space for all the passengers, and the seats are very supportive to be comfortable on long drives if the Tesla charging stations lie on your intended route, but the rear-seat headroom isn’t the greatest and can be an issue for tall passengers. For the entry-level trim, the materials are of top-notch quality, but for the top-end trim costing over $100k, it might seem a bit underwhelming. 

Model

Tesla Model S

Ford Focus Electric

Nissan Leaf

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

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

38.8 / 57.7 / 42.7

38.3 / 55.6 / 43.7

41.2 / 55.4 / 42.1

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

35.3 / 55.0 / 35.4

37.9 / 53.7 / 33.2

37.3 / 52.5 / 31.1

Cargo Capacity with rear seat upright (cu-ft)

26.3

14.5

14.5

Cargo Capacity with rear seat folded (cu-ft

63.4

44.8

24.0

The Model S provides more space than the other two in this comparison as it is a sedan as compared to the hatchback body style of the other two. Thus, the trunk capacity is also much higher at 26 cu-ft, with the rear seats in use, and the large hatch style opening together with the folding rear seats open up over 63 cu-ft of space for all your cargo needs. Major interior features include-

  • 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats w/driver memory
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats
  • Napa leather & Alcantara seat trim
  • 3-spoke power-adjustable tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/memory
  • Remote keyless entry w/remote start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear climate control w/separate controls
  • Fully trimmed cargo area w/keyless open

How is the 2012 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan’s infotainment system?

As mentioned before, the Model S replaces every possible physical control switch, knobs, and buttons with the ginormous 17-inch vertically oriented screen and is used to control anything and everything in the car. It looks like a large vertical iPad and also performs with a similar poise as well. The UI is customizable, and users can choose to place the audio, navigation, and climate controls to their liking. Although, the only downside is that turn-by-turn navigation has to be bought separately through an add-on package, and the base trim gets access to online maps only for viewing purposes. Few key infotainment features include-

  • 17.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 12-speaker 580W Dolby ProLogic 7.1 surround audio system
  • 16GB built-in hard drive memory
  • Built-in navigation system
  • HD radio 
  • WiFi mobile connectivity
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity

2012 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior of the Tesla Model S is equally striking as its interiors. The large front grille is shut close to improve aerodynamic efficiency, and everything around the car is designed to improve the performance and efficiency of the car. It looks stylish, to say the least, with its large wheels, tasteful chrome embellishments, and a long smooth flowing body style of the car. 

Model

Tesla Model S

Ford Focus Electric

Nissan Leaf

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,657

3,640

3,385

Length (in)

196.0

172.9

175.0

Width (in)

77.3

71.8

69.7

Height (in)

56.5

58.2

61.0

Ground Clearance (in)

6.0

6.1

6.3

Wheelbase (in)

116.5

104.3

106.3

The Tesla Model S is a long and wide car and also offers a long wheelbase to help open up maximum space inside its cabin. It is substantially heavy though, mostly due to its larger and denser battery pack, but it does offer a decent amount of ground clearance. The Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, is the larger amongst the other two and offers a marginally higher ground clearance too. Few key exterior highlights of the Model S are-

  • Auto halogen headlamps w/LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear tail lights
  • Dual heated power body-colored mirrors w/memory
  • Carbon fiber spoiler
  • Rain-sensing adjustable speed wipers
  • 21-inch performance alloy wheels

2012 Tesla Model S electric Safety

8.0/10

Being an all-new model and an expensive one, the 2012 Tesla Model S has not been crash-tested for rating its safety standards by either of the safety testing agencies, the NHTSA and the IIHS. That being said, Tesla does offer a decent amount of safety and driver assistance features to make life safer and easier and gain the trust of the American masses. Few salient safety features include-

  • Electronic stability control and Traction control
  • Rollover & crash sensor disconnects high-voltage circuits
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Cruise control
  • Backup camera
  • Dual front head, knee & pelvis airbags
  • Side curtain airbags

2012 Tesla Model S electric Final Verdict

The Tesla Model S is a revolutionary new vehicle that is said to change the automotive industry in terms of electrification. The performance and range offered by it are unparalleled and unprecedented. With the list of premium features that it has to offer and the already peerless rivals sheet, the Tesla Model S is not just the car for the future but is an option as a car for the ones who care about mother Earth’s future. 

Top User Reviews

10

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Pays off much more

Everything is stunning about this electric car

by Michael

5

User Overall Rating

2012 Tesla Model S!

Fun but lacks range!

by Jonathan

1

User Overall Rating

Worth the pennies, but don't have much myself

Green theme with athleticism and luxury

by Glen T. Spencer

7

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One little fire cracker.

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by Chad E. Chaffee

9

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Best Ride Ever

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