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2023 Tesla Model S Prices, Reviews, and Pictures – Edmunds.com


The Tesla Model S is one of the first successfully mass-produced EVs in the world. When it was released in 2012, its long driving range and tech proved that EVs are a viable mode of transportation, and it helped start the shift to an all-electric future we are seeing today. The Model S is Tesla’s largest and most powerful sedan (it actually utilizes a hatchback design). It costs twice as much as the smaller Model 3 sedan, and it shares the interior, and many of the same electric components and tech, found in the Model X, Tesla’s largest SUV.
The base Model S has an impressive EPA-estimated driving range of up to 405 miles, and its starting price surpasses the six-figure mark with destination fees. Tesla has been slowly increasing its pricing on all models, and we expect that to continue. The 1,020-horsepower three-motor Model S Plaid is the range-topping Model S and one of the fastest-accelerating production vehicles in the world. And if you enjoy road trips or can’t charge at home, the Model S is supported by Tesla’s vast Supercharger network.
With its recent 2021 refresh, we don’t expect too many changes for 2023, and Tesla hasn’t confirmed anything. Tesla will likely add new features via over-the-air updates, and to stay competitive, there is a good chance the driving range will slightly increase. We might see some improvements made to the Model S’ braking system, especially to the Plaid’s. During Edmunds’ testing, the Plaid displayed its incredible acceleration, but the same can’t be said about its subpar braking performance. When it comes to handling, Tesla has been seen testing at the Nürburgring in the past and boasts about its track times. To maintain its track performance, we expect Tesla to continually improve the Model S’ handling prowess. As for the yoke-style steering wheel, Tesla could offer a traditional round steering wheel in 2023 or in later years. 
If you aren’t sold on the Model S, you now have a few other choices from automakers that have recently introduced all-electric models. The BMW i7, Lucid Air, Mercedes-Benz EQS and Porsche Taycan are new to the segment, and they make compelling alternatives that excel in categories such as comfort, luxury, design and build quality. If you want to know what our test team thinks of the Tesla Model S, check out the in-depth review below in the Edmunds’ Expert Rating.
[Editor’s note: The following information is based on last year’s Model S and modified from what we know about the 2023 model. We will update this section once we have complete information.] The Tesla Model S is a five-passenger electric luxury sedan available in two trims: Model S and Plaid. Here’s what the Model S comes with, but be aware that Tesla updates the Model S on an ongoing basis rather than by model year, so additional changes may occur throughout 2023.
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Standard features include:
Every Model S also comes with a suite of safety systems that Tesla calls Autopilot. It includes:
Tesla’s top trim level, the Plaid gets maximum performance via an upgraded battery system and an additional motor but otherwise has the same features as the base model. Total output stands at 1,020 horsepower.
Edmunds’ testing shows the Plaid can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, while the EPA says it can provide up to 396 miles of range on a full charge and when equipped with the car’s 19-inch wheels. Going with the 21-inch wheels drops that estimate to 348 miles. We’ve put this latter Model S Plaid through our real-world EV range test; it made it 345 miles, which is among the longest distances we’ve observed.
Tesla’s so-called Full Self-Driving Capability option is available on the Model S. It adds nifty semi-automated driving features, including automated parking and the ability to change lanes simply by flicking the turn signal. It also adds the Summon feature, which Tesla says enables the vehicle to drive unmanned to its owner in a parking lot. Tesla also says the Full Self-Driving Capability feature will gain additional automated driving capabilities in the future via over-the-air updates.
2023 Tesla Model S
2022 Lucid Air
Now that Lucid has closed reservations for the Air Dream Edition, the Air Grand Touring model is available. It has a similar starting price to the Model S Plaid and packs a little more horsepower. The Air doesn’t accelerate as quickly as the Plaid, but it’s still incredibly quick. The Air focuses more on luxury and range instead of straight-line speed. Its EPA-estimated driving range of 516 miles beats the Plaid’s by more than 100 miles. When the Air Touring becomes available, it will have a starting price and driving range similar to the base Model S.
Like the Model S, the EQS is a large electric sedan (with a hatchback), but that’s where most of the similarities end. The Model S is extremely quick and powerful, and its interior is minimalist. On the other hand, the EQS is very luxurious, comfortable and packs Mercedes’ Hyperscreen, which consists of a large digital instrument cluster and two large OLED touchscreens. Pricing is similar across both model lines, but the Model S trims have longer EPA-estimated driving ranges. However, in Edmunds’ testing, the EQS 450+ drove 422 miles while the Model S Plaid managed only 345 miles.
The Taycan was released in 2020 and is the Model S’ oldest direct rival. It offers several versions, including a wagon body style, giving buyers a wider range of pricing and performance options. The Taycan models have significantly shorter EPA-estimated range, but in Edmunds’ real-world testing, it was closer. The Taycan 4S drove 323 miles versus the Plaid’s 345 miles. Overall, the Model S has quicker acceleration, but the Taycan drives and handles better. The Taycan is also more comfortable and has a luxurious interior with a traditional round steering wheel and turn stalks that make driving less complicated.
The current popularity of EVs can arguably be traced back to the original Tesla Model S, which debuted in 2012. It was impressive not only as an electric vehicle but also as a luxury sedan, and Tesla has continually evolved the Model S to maintain its dominant position in the ever-growing EV segment. Currently, the Model S boasts nearly 350 miles of range, and in its Plaid configuration, over 1,000 horsepower.
Due to the somewhat erratic lifespans of Tesla’s trim levels, it’s a bit difficult to predict what the Model S may or may not offer in 2023. With the most recent refresh in 2021, it’s fair to say that the interior, and its controversial yoke-type steering wheel, will likely remain unchanged for 2023. Where we might see the most significant changes are to the various battery and range offerings, as well as performance enhancements, mainly (hopefully) in the braking department. During our testing and subsequent review, the Plaid’s mind-bending speed exposed the braking system as woefully inadequate for something so fast. Spy photos have shown a Model S testing at the famed Nürburgring fitted with carbon-ceramic brakes, so we’ve got our fingers crossed that equipment makes it to production.
Other luxury EVs currently or soon to be on the market to rival the Model S include the Lucid Air, the Mercedes-Benz EQS and the Porsche Taycan. These three, along with other luxury EVs, will likely undergo change in both features and battery range by the 2023 model year. To stay on top of these changes, check out our EV range leaderboard.
While we don’t have all the details on the 2023 Tesla Model S, it’s unlikely Tesla will do anything to change the recipe of one of the most successful and influential electric cars. Because of that, if you’re interested in a Model S, we don’t see any reason to hold off on ordering one today.
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