2018 Tesla Model S Electric

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Updated on: May 4, 2021

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Remember the days when an electric car meant owning a glorified bike? Well, Mr. Musk and his Teslas are here to prove that burning gas is not the only way to go fast. Introducing the California-made Tesla Model S, this luxurious electric car offers unparalleled performance while still being friendly to nature. Although no electric car can even match Tesla's performance, not many gas cars can provide the same performance in a similar price range either. Sure, there are cars with a more upscale cabin, but Tesla's performance and hi-tech features push it further than any electric car has gone before.

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Pros

Longest range than any other EV

Ludicrously quick acceleration

Large trunk and frunk offer plenty of cargo storage

Advanced technology that's decades ahead of other brands

No engine means quieter cabin

Cons

Cabin not as upscale as similarly priced rivals

Small dealer network, so the service centers are few

Takes almost 30 minutes to be fully charged from Tesla Superchargers

No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

Rear-seat headroom is a bit tight

What's New?

All-wheel drive is standard now

Some features reshuffled between packages

Reduction in the number of trims


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$78000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

518 hp

torque

387 lb.-ft.

transmission

1-speed direct drive

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

196 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

4647 lbs.

ground clearance

4.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

60.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

102/103/105 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

8 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

75D $78,000 onwards

518 hp | Electric | Electric

  • 19" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • 1st and 2nd row Fixed Glass Sunroof
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM/HD/Satellite-prep, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Assist
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

100D $96,000 onwards

680 hp | Electric | Electric

P100D $135,000 onwards

463 hp | Electric | Electric

Colors and Styles

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Deep Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.1

Engine And Performance

8.9

Fuel Economy

9.4

Interior

8.3

Exterior

8.9

Safety

8.1

Competition

9.6

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.8

Overall Rating


The 2018 Tesla Model S is a 5 passenger luxury sedan available in three trim levels: 75D, 100D, and P100D. The numbers indicate the battery's kilowatt-hour capacity, impacting its range. The 'D' denotes the dual-motor AWD, which is standard for 2018. It has a 75Kwh battery for the base model and a 100KWh battery for the upper two trims. AWD drive is standard for 2018, which means each Model S is fitted with dual motors, one for front wheels and one for the rear ones.

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2018 Tesla Model S electric Sedan rear angle view

8.1/10
Pricing and Features

8.9/10
Engine and Performance

9.4/10
Fuel Economy

8.3/10
Interior

8.9/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition


2018 Tesla Model S electric Pricing and Features

8.1/10

The 2018 Tesla Model S starts at $74,500 and goes up to $135,000 for the top P100D model. Since the 3 trims essentially differ only in battery performance, there's a single 2018 Tesla Model S that the buyers can upgrade with various packages and increased battery performance.

Trims

75D

100D

P100D

MSRP

$74,500

$94,000

$135,000

Features

Smart air suspension with GPS memory for automatically raising and lowering the ride height

75D plus:

100D plus

 

Power liftgate

Premium Upgrade Package

Choice of a premium interior with any decor, including carbon fiber

 

Keyless entry with lighted, self-presenting door handles

 

XM Satellite radio capability when paired with sunroof

 

Ambient interior lighting

   
 

Heated front seats

   

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Choosing between the three trims depends on your travel needs. For everyday drives, the Model S 75D would suit you perfectly. It is the perfect balance of cost to performance. If you want the maximum range, moving to 100D would add 76 miles, but has a massive jump in price.

Amongst the upgradable packages, the Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability are recommended. Although the Full Self-Driving Capability option is not currently in operation, the carmaker has solid plans to enable it within the next couple of years.

2018 Tesla Model S electric Engine and Performance

8.9/10

The Tesla Model S has two battery options, 75 KWh, and 100KWh. The 75D trim uses the 75 KWh with dual motors. The 100D and P100D both use the 100KWh battery, but the P100D uses a larger high-performance motor to power the rear wheels.

AWD is standard for 2018, with one motor powering the front wheels and one powering the rear. Model S digitally and independently controls torque to the front and rear wheels. This result is a better traction control in every condition. To achieve the 'ludicrous' acceleration, the P100D Model S pairs a high-performance rear motor with a high-efficiency front motor. Even in its basic form, the electric powertrain packs in enough punch to take care of the city driving needs as well as triple-digit highway cruising speeds. 

Models

Tesla Model S (75D)

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

MSRP

$74,500

$99,600

Engine / Motor

75KW electric motor

2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6 -including an electric motor

Transmission

1-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

518 hp

462 hp

Torque

387 lb-ft

516 lb-ft

The closest a hybrid car comes to matching Tesla's power is the Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid). With 462hp, Panamera is 56hp shy of Model S's sheer power. In the torque department, the Panamera surpasses the Model S with its 516 lb.-ft. of torque. This comes at a price, though. 

Acceleration

The 2018 Tesla Model S does quite well in the acceleration department. For a vehicle of this size, the Model S has brisk acceleration and picks up the pace in no time. Whether it's the open roads or a stop sign, Tesla's performance-based sedan will always satisfy your need for speed.

2018 Tesla Model S electric Sedan accelerate in 4.2 sec

The 2018 Tesla Model S, being fully electric, doesn't have problems with turbo lag or shift delays. The moment you floor the pedal, the Model S flies with the quickness of a falcon and the quietness of a ninja.

Models

Tesla Model S (75D)

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

0-60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter mile

10.7 sec @ 119.4 mph

11.6 sec @ 100 mph

Engine

Electric Motor

2.9L Hybrid

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

0

2.5

Model S takes just 4.2 seconds to reach 60mph from zero. In its 'Insane mode', it takes just 3.5 seconds! The Panamera follows with a time of 4.4 seconds. Tesla's a whole second later than the Model S. At the quarter-mile mark, the Model S stretches its lead with a time of 10.7 seconds @ 119 mph. The Panamera takes 11.6 seconds to reach the distance. 

Braking

The 2018 Tesla Model S uses regenerative braking while routine deceleration to get the best output. Panic stops are stable and consistent, and quite short for a vehicle this heavy. Just like the acceleration pedal (can't call it 'gas' pedal now, can we?), the brake pedal gives a more predictable feel as compared to some other electric vehicles.

Model

Tesla Model S (75D)

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Brake Front (in.)

14

15.3

Brake Rear (in.)

14.4

14.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4647

4787

60-0 MPH (ft.)

102

103

The Model S impressively takes just 102 feet to come to a halt from 60 mph. This is possible thanks to Tesla's sticky summer tires and its capable regenerative braking mechanism. The Porsche Panamera is more than 100 lbs heavier than the Model S yet it takes only a foot long to come to a complete stop. The Panamera’s bigger front brake rotors also further add to its braking prowess.

2018 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

9.4/10

The Tesla Model S has redefined the range of an electric car. It has the longest driving range of any electric vehicle in the market at present. The Model S 100D model got an update in 2017 that enables it to travel up to 335 miles on a single charge. The P100D can do 315 miles.

Model

Tesla Model S (75D)

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

MPG e (City)

102

24

MPG e (Highway)

105

31

MPG e (Combined)

N/A

27

Range

259 miles (Fully Charged)

22 miles (electric power only)

The Porsche’s EPA ratings are just decent for a ridiculously priced PHEV but it is nowhere near the Tesla Model S in this aspect. However, for the sake of comparison, the Panamera can travel just 22miles on pure electric power before the gasoline motor kicks in.

2018 Tesla Model S electric Interior

8.3/10

The 2018 Tesla Model S comes standard with leatherette seats that are heated and 12-way power-adjustable in the front. Buyers have the option of upgrading to leather seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, and two rear-facing jump seats for small children.

2018 Tesla Model S electric Sedan front seats

The seats of the Model S are comfortable and provide excellent visibility. But the material quality could use a little help. For a car that costs as much as a Tesla, other manufacturers provide a much more refined and plush interior. 

2018 Tesla Model S electric Sedan rear seats

Passenger comfort is excellent in the front. In the second row, the sloping roofline hinders the headroom for taller passengers.

Model

Tesla Model S (75D)

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Passenger capacity

5+(2 children)

4

Passenger Volume(ft cube)

120.0

122.0

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.8/57.7/42.7

38.0/51.9/41.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.3/55.0/35.4

38.2/51.7/39.2

Another issue is the seating angle in the second row. Since the floor is raised due to the arrangement of the batteries, the knees are raised, which isn't ideal for long journeys. The optional rear-facing seats are only suited for small children.

Some optional features include:

  • Cabin air filter system
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Quick connection phone dock
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Sunroof

Infotainment

The most eye-catching aspect of the Tesla Model S's cabin is its massive 17-inch touchscreen that fills up most of the dashboard. This screen houses the climate controls, infotainment, and all of the vehicle's settings. The screen is highly interactive and quicker than an iPad. No other maker even comes close to the benchmark set by Tesla for in-cabin technology. 

The standard features of the system are:

  •  17-inch screen
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • Satellite Navigation
  • 12 speaker premium sound system.

Cargo capacity

The benefit of having no engine is that it frees up space in the hood of the car. Tesla uses this space to provide a secondary front trunk, or as they like to call it 'frunk', that adds 5.3 cubic feet of space. The rare trunk can hold 26.3 cubic feet worth of luggage. The rear seats fold down to open up 58.1 cubic feet of storage. The rear seats don't fold completely flat, which hinders sliding luggage to the back.

Model

Tesla Model S (75D)

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Trunk volume (ft3)

31.6 (Trunk+Frunk)

14.3

The 2018 Tesla Model S is essentially a sedan with the practicality of a hatchback. With a total volume of 31.6 cubic feet, it is miles ahead of the rivals. The Panamera only offers 14.3 cubic feet of storage which is nowhere near the capacity of the Model S.

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2018 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

8.9/10

The Tesla cars brought forth a revolution in the way people thought about electric cars, and their simple and uncluttered design set them apart just as much as their capabilities with an electric motor. Till 2016, the Model S wore a faux grille which is now ditched for a more daring grille-less design along with revised headlights.

2018 Tesla Model S electric Sedan 

From the side, the sloping roofline makes the Model S look more like a practical hatchback than a sedan. You won't find any door handles anywhere, but when you approach the car with the key fob, the retractable handles emerge out for you. Talk about futuristic!

Model

Tesla Model S (75D)

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Curb weight (lbs.)

4647

4787

Length(in)

196.0

198.8

Width(in)

77.3

76.3

Height(in)

56.5

56.0

Ground clearance(in)

4.6

5.3

Wheelbase(in)

16.5

116.1

Track width(in) F/R

65.4/66.9

65.8/65.0

In the rear, the simple yet daring and classy look continues. The taillights hold another secret, the recharging port is actually hidden behind the tail light, to not be a constant freckle on an otherwise clean design.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Three-position dynamic LED turning lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Retractable door handles
  • Power folding, heated side mirrors with memory
  • The front trunk (Frunk)
2018 Tesla Model S electric Sedan exterior image
2018 Tesla Model S electric Sedan exterior image
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2018 Tesla Model S electric Safety

8.1/10

Tesla doesn't have individual safety features, instead, it has several different techs that work together to keep your Tesla safe. Tesla's optional safety features are the most desirable. The Enhanced Autopilot system adds most of the autonomous features that make Tesla a 'Tesla'. Tesla uses four cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors to monitor its surroundings. It can maintain a steady speed with traffic, keep itself centered in a lane, and automatically change lanes. It can also merge onto freeways and successfully exit a freeway off-ramp and transition to city street driving. And if that wasn't enough, it can identify a parking spot and park itself, and even be summoned from its parking spot to wherever you are with your smartphone.

Even if you don't go for such packages when you buy your Tesla, you always have the option of enabling them at a later date for an extra $1,000 per feature. But always remember, no matter how amazing autonomous driving may be, it is always a good idea for the driver to be alert and take control whenever, if ever, necessary.

Some basic features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning

2018 Tesla Model S electric Competition

9.6/10

2018 Tesla Model S vs Porsche Panamera

The Porsche Panamera has been highly praised ever since its release. There is very little that can be criticized about it, especially considering that it is also available in a highly capable hybrid version. Although it can't match Model S's motor power or acceleration, the Panamera does well to hold on its own with a decent 20-22 mile range on electric power only.

Porsche Panamera

But all this comes at a price, though. Its starting price is $85,000, and the hybrid version comes for about $100,000. The Panamera matches Model S's athletic and comfortable handling, but the Model S has several other advantages besides acceleration and speed. The Panamera can only seat 4, while the Model S can seat up to 7 passengers. Model S also has a bigger cargo capacity, and not to mention a state-of-the-art infotainment system.

2018 Tesla Model S electric Final Verdict

If you're looking for a luxury car that pushes the boundaries of what an electric car can do, look no further. The Tesla cars are something right out of a sci-fi movie with their incredible performance and futuristic technologies. And compared to similar performance-oriented hybrid cars from other manufacturers, the Tesla Model S isn't priced exorbitantly either. Besides minor flaws like the restricted headroom in the rear and the slightly lackluster comfort within the cabin, there is not much to criticize in the Model S. It is fast, smooth, hi-tech, good for the environment, and an overall thrilling machine to own and drive.

2018 Tesla Model S Consumer Reviews and Ratings

8.3

based on 24 ratings


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8.5/10 Interiors
8.8/10 Design
8.6/10 Safety
8.4/10 Reliability
8.0/10 Deal Value
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Karen C. McMaster

2018 Tesla Model S electric

75D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 23, 2021

2018 Tesla Model S

Pros - Great to drive. Advanced tech. Supercharger network.

Cons - Higher trims quite expensive. Lacks luxury car bits.

Modern gizmo of a car! The Model S was definitely the best option for me back in 2018 when I decided to switch to an EV. I drive my Tesla mostly for office commutes which is about 40 miles for a round trip. The 75D was just enough for me to get by a week of round trips on a single charge. Also, the accleration on the more powerful 100Ds is really insane to be used on a city road. I also happen to save a lot of money by opting for the base version. Apaft from the usual standard featires list, I opted for the Enhanced Autopilot which equips the car with three more cameras and sensors. With that I get a lot of fun, smart driving bits possible like changing lanes by just activating turn signal, automatic steering, hands-free parking and my personal fav, summoning feature! I definitely is a car from the future!

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

CL

Charlene N. Lore

2018 Tesla Model S electric

100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 17, 2021

Ultimate performance sedan.

Pros - Outstanding acceleration, minimal design language, tech-laden cabin

Cons - Software niggles that show up now and then

For those who crave for real speed in you family sedan. No other sedan that I test drove would come even close to the sheer performance this car has to offer. I had to have one since I did the test drive, so went ahead and bought one insted of the AMG Merc. I love the way they went with the simplistic exterior and interior design. Surely it does not match the German competitors in terms of luxury but is does have a lot of fun tech inside and they even promised me future software updateds for the car over the air, which sounded cool. Every time you get behind the wheel of this car you would be amazed by the thrust it offers. A silent yet mighty sedan is exactly what this car is. Some of the best dealing that I have ever had purchasing a car.

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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Janet

2018 Tesla Model S electric

75D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 31, 2020

Tesla is the best electric car

Pros - It’s an electric car, Self driving, air conditioning plus air filter

Cons - Battery drains a lot during rising temperatures, Self driving feature sometimes it's a hit or miss, Tesla app is buggy

This is a truly good purchase because, for the amount of money Tesla sells their cars, this one actually hears what people have to say, this car is all about safety and health but also stability and performance, this car is definitely affordable also and very inexpensive for having so many features that can actually save your life, these are for the people who want a little closure on the road This car is great during long road trips, especially family trips, I usually don't have to charge it every 9 hours. It's always at a good battery level, the performance and speed are spot on when it comes to Tesla cars. The feature I like is the air conditioning and HEPA filter, this is a feature that you can't really find in any other car, for a person who lives in a city and all those toxic fumes surrounding the city, Tesla filters the air and removes the toxins in the air, this is a great feature because you are driving but also having your health in mind The vehicle feels great, the seats are very comfortable which are usually hard to find in cars, there's also leg space which overall is great & outward visibility is phenomenal, there's also a top window which is great The exterior for any tesla is phenomenal, it has a very slick & modern design, the windows are tinted but has a great view inside unlike many cars, the seatings and colors it has are spot on and it matches the car itself, my favorite design has to be the windows, they are sleek and efficient windows for an inexpensive car This car is safe, not only does it warn you when a car is close to you but it also swerves so you can avoid any accidents on the road, I think it's great that tesla has these features because safety should always be a priority This car is definitely reliable and you don't have to ever worry about breaking down anywhere you go, the battery last so many trips before it need to be charged, it can definitely get you to point A and point B without a hassle The pricing & value of this car is pretty low for a luxury vehicle with tons of features, this is basically how the average car is listed for and I think it's great that tesla thinks about affordability when it comes to their cars My experience at the dealership was great, not only do they help you but they ask what features do we prioritize over anything and that's when they give us useful information and videos of Tesla cars they have tested, if you want to test out the car then they will be happy to do so, it's a great & friendly environment

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
10/10
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10

User Overall Rating

2018 Tesla Model S

Modern gizmo of a car!

by Karen C. McMaster

9

User Overall Rating

Ultimate performance sedan.

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

by Charlene N. Lore

8

User Overall Rating

Tesla is the best electric car

This is a truly good purchase because, for the amount of money Tesla sells their cars, this one actually hears what people have to say, this car is all about safety and health but also stability and performance, this car is definitely affordable also and very inexpensive for having so many features that can actually save your life, these are for the people who want a little closure on the road

by Janet

9

User Overall Rating

My 2-years of Model S experience!

A great electric sedan from a great brand!

by Kelsey B. Jacobs

9

User Overall Rating

The future car.

A futristic car with daily usability and livability as any other.

by Lawrence B. Brooks

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