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Tesla Model S Review: Precision, Luxury & Power Redefined

The aforementioned dashboard is a sight to behold, something like a giant iPad with its ease of use, aesthetics, and bountiful features. From the dash, you can change the general climate in the car, both for the driver and passenger side. There's also a slew of other features, including opening and closing the optional panoramic sunroof, opening the front trunk as well as offerings of Internet radio (Titled "Media" on the dash), Navigation (featuring Google Maps), surfing the Internet, the rear-view camera and connecting your phone via Bluetooth.

Once I finally out on the open road, the Garden State Parkway, you can definitely see where the P85 kWh battery stands out. Going from a standing start to near 100 MPH took no time at all, showcasing what Musk and others have talked about endlessly. Not only is the Model S a luxury sedan, it's a performance car that matches or exceeds what Audi, BMW and Mercedes have to offer at the high-end of the luxury car market.

I was able to drive the car around Hoboken, NJ, and then take it up and down almost the entire state of New Jersey, having no difficulty or anxieties about running out of power. From start to finish, I drove approximately 170 miles, using up approximately 60% of the cars' EPA 5-Cycle Certified Range of 265 miles, with the P85 battery.

For every day driving, drivers should have no concerns about running out of power, as the 85 kWh performance battery lasts exceptionally long, even when stepping on the accelerator. Tesla also offers a 60 kWh battery, which has an EPA 5-Cycle Certified Range of 208 miles, and a regular 85 kwH battery, also with an EPA 5-Cycle Certified Range of 265 mile range.

Pure speed and power is where the performance battery really shines and separates Tesla's ability to innovate, out-think its competitors. Tesla claims the car can go from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, and I have no doubt that's accurate. The car did indeed accelerate very quickly in what seemed like a heartbeat. With any electric car, drivers go from o to full torque almost instantly, and the Model S is no different. The P85 kWh battery offers an 8 year, unlimited mile battery warranty, while the 60 kWh battery only offers an 8 year, 125,000 mile warranty. Tesla has said that an increasing number of users are choosing the 85kWH battery, and judging by my experience, rightfully so.

Though the car is incredibly quick, hitting full torque instantly, it's built like a tank. The Model S feels very safe and well-built. Earlier this summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating in every sub-category, making it one of the safest cars ever reviewed.

Tesla's recently announced Supercharger network, which Tesla built to allow drivers to charge their cars for free, allows owners to remove "range anxiety," a feeling drivers get as the charge on the battery gets too low. That will allow drivers to save $8,100 in fuel costs over 5 years over the average new vehicle.

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