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Model S Comparison for 2021

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Comparisons of the mid-2021 Model S variants with the 2020-2021 variants prior to Tesla’s major update.  All information is for the USA market. (Jul-2021)

The 2021 Model S LR and Plaid started production in June 2021. The 2021 Model S LR+ and Performance variants ended production in December 2020.  

Model S LR
Model S Plaid
Model S LR+
Model S Performance

Specifications

Item
Model S
LR
Model S
Plaid
Model S
LR+
Model S
Performance
Model Year
Mid-2021
Mid-2021
2020-2021
2020-2021
EPA Range
405 mi
390 mi
402 mi
387 mi
EPA Efficiency
29 kWh/100 mi
31 kWh/100 mi
29 kWh/100 mi
31 kWh/100 mi
Battery Energy
100 kWh
100 kWh
100 kWh
100 kWh
Battery Usable
95 kWh
95 kWh
95 kWh
95 kWh
Battery Main Cell Style
18650
18650
18650
18650
Battery Main Cell Type
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
Battery Main Cell Vendor
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
Tesla/Panasonic
Battery 12V Type
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
AGM Lead Acid
AGM Lead Acid
Charging Rate, DC Max
250 kW
250 kW
250 kW
250 kW
Charging Rate DC Alternate
150 kW
150 kW
150 kW
150 kW
Charging Speed, DC Alternate
517 mi/hour
484 mi/hour
517 mi/hour
484 mi/hour
Charging Rate, AC
11.5 kW
11.5 kW
11.5 kW
11.5 kW
Charging Standards Supported
Tesla, CHAdeMO
Tesla, CHAdeMO
Tesla, CHAdeMO
Tesla, CHAdeMO
Maximum Speed
155 mph
200 mph
155 mph
163 mph
0 to 60 mph
3.1 sec
1.99 sec
3.7 sec
2.3 sec
Peak Power
670 hp
1,020 hp
557 hp
778 hp
Cd
.208
.208
.23
.23
Maximum Regen
50 kW*
50 kW*
50 kW
50 kW
Cargo Space
64.6 cu. ft.
64.6 cu. ft.
60.2 cu. ft.
60.2 cu. ft.
Ground Clearance Maximum
6.3 in.
6.3 in.
6.3 in.
6.3 in.
Towing Capability
0 lbs.
0 lbs.
0 lbs.
0 lbs.
Seats (standard/optional)
5/7*
5/7*
5
5
Warranty - General
4 year/50 k mi
4 year/50 k mi
4 year/50 k mi
4 year/50 k mi
Warranty - Restraint Systems
5 year/60 k mi
5 year/60 k mi
5 year/60 k mi
5 year/60 k mi
Warranty - Drive unit and Battery
8 year/150 k mi
8 year/150 k mi
8 year/150 k mi
8 year/150 k mi
Weight, Curb
4,561 lbs.
4,766 lbs.
4,883 lbs.
4,941 lbs.
Date when Info Collected
4-Aug-2021
15-Jun-2021
26-Nov-2020
26-Nov-2020
   * estimated or unconfirmed.

Prices and Options

Vehicle options can mostly be purchased with the vehicle but some options are also available after the vehicle purchase.  Options and pricing can change, so consult the Tesla order page for the most current information.

Item
Model S
LR
Model S
Plaid
Model S
LR+
Model S
Performance
Enhanced Auto-Theft
Included
Included
$350
$350
Full Self-Driving
$10,000
$10,000
$10,000
$10,000
Interior Color White or Cream
$2,000
$2,000
$1,500
$1,500
Paint - Black, Silver or Blue
$1,500
$1,500
$1,500
$1,500
Paint - Red Multi-Coat
$2,500
$2,500
$2,500
$2,500
Seats - 7
$3,000*
$3,000*
n/a
n/a
Wheels - Low-Profile
$4,500
$4,500
$4,500
$4,500
EVERY OPTION TOTAL**
$22,000
$22,000
$18,850
$18,850

Item
Model S
LR
Model S
Plaid
Model S
LR+
Model S
Performance
Base Price
$89,990
$129,990
$69,420
$91,990
Price with every option
$111,990
$151,990
$88,270
$110,840
Savings Calculator
   * estimated or unconfirmed.
   ** Using Red Multi-Coat (other optional paint color cost not included).

Feature Differences

This is a list of feature differences, where one vehicle offers something different than another. 

Item
Model S
LR
Model S
Plaid
Model S
LR+
Model S
Performance
Accoustic Glass
Active Noise Canceling
Adjustable Regen Braking
*
Air Quality Monitoring
Audio Power
960 W
960 W
560 W
560 W
Audio Speakers, cabin
22
22
12
12
Auto Shift
Carbon Fiber Decor
Chrome Delete
Climate Zones
3
3
2
2
Coat Hooks
Display Computer
MCU3
MCU3
MCU2
MCU2
Display Orientation, Center
Landscape
Landscape
Portrait
Portrait
Displays Area, Combined
206 sq. in.
206 sq. in.
180 sq. in.
180 sq. in.
Door Pockets
Drag Strip Mode
Electronic Fuses
*
*
Enhanced Anti-Theft
optional
optional
Enhanced Battery Cooling
G-Meter
*
Handling Balance
*
Heat Pump
High Performance Gamnig Processor
Interior Camera
Lap Timer
*
Motors - Carbon-sleeved Rotors
Motors - Traction
2
3
2
2
Multiple Bluetooth Device Support
No-Fade Performance
Rear Seat Fold-Down Center Armrest
Rear Seat Headrest Adjustable
Seats - Auto Heat/Cool
Seats - Cooled Front
Seats - Perforated
Seats - Rear Electronic Release
Smart Shift Gear Selection
Stability Assistance
*
Steering Wheel Selection Controls
16
16
11
11
Steering Wheel Stalks
0
0
4
4
Steering Wheel, Racing Inspired
Tesla Arcade - Rear
Tilting Center Screen
*
*
Tires, Advanced
Torque Vectoring
Unlock - via Keycard
Unlock - via Phone
USB Charge Ports
5
5
4
4
USB Charging Speed
Fast
Fast
Normal
Normal
USB Type
USB-C
USB-C
USB-A
USB-A
USB Version
3.0
3.0
2.0
2.0
Vehicle Temperature Status
*
Ventilation control, Front
Touch
Touch
Manual
Manual
Ventilation control, Rear
Manual
Manual
Video and Telemetry Logging
*
Video on 2nd Row Display, when Driving
Wireless phone charging
4
4
0
0
   * estimated or unconfirmed.

Exterior Changes

The mid-2021 Model S/X includes the following exterior changes over the prior models:

  • The front facia has a larger air inlet and is more aerodynamic
  • The rear facia is changed to be more aerodynamic
  • The standard 19″ rims have inserts to be more aerodynamic
  • The front fog light and cornering light is changed
  • Most items previously in chrome are now blacked out
  • The chrome strip below the doors is gone

Common Features

Model S LR

Assisted Driving
Notes
Value
Auto-Lane ChangeAssists lane change when Auto-steer active
optional
Auto-Park For parallel and perpendicular parking
optional
Lane KeepingMaintains within a marked lane
Navigate on AutopilotActively guides your car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp
optional
Smart SummonCar navigates parking lots to come to you
optional
SummonMoves your car in and out of a tight space using the mobile app or key
optional
Traffic and Stop Sign ControlSlows and stops at red lights and stop signs
optional
Traffic Aware Cruise ControlMatches the speed of your car to that of the surrounding traffic

Charging
Notes
Value
Fast DC ChargingAt V3 Superchargers
Lightest ConnectorsEasy to handle
Mobile Charging CableIncludes 120v adapter, others optional
Precondition ScheduleDetermines optimum start time for ending charging at departure time
Schedule ChargingAllows home charging at lowest rates
Simple Plug-in and ChargeNo special cards or cumbersome interactions
Supercharger ConnectionsWorldwide at the start of 2021
23,000
Supports J1772For L2 Charging

Connectivity
Notes
Value
Cost per MonthOptional
10
Free Navigation and RoutingFree service via cellular
Free Trial PeriodIncluded with new purchase
12 month
KaraokeWith connectivity or WiFi
Live Traffic VisualizationWith connectivity
Over-the-Air UpdatesFree, often with new features and enhancements
Tesla TheaterConnect to your Netflix, Hulu, Twitch, and YouTube
Video StreamingWith connectivity or WiFi
Web Browser

Exterior
Notes
Value
Liftgate - Open Height Memory
Liftgate - Powered Open and Close
Mirrors - Auto Dimming SidesDetects headlights behind you
Mirrors - Auto-TiltTilts down when in reverse
Mirrors - Side Heated
Mirrors - Side Power Folding
Power Retractable Door HandlesWith downlights
Puddle Lights
Self-Leveling
Sentry ModeTheft reduction and records activity while parked
Unlock - via FOBWith walk-away locking
Washer Nozzle Heaters
Wiper Blades Defroster

Interior
Notes
Value
Adaptive Air SuspensionImproved ride comfort
All LED lightingImproved longevity, lower power consumption
Audio - Immersive SoundCreates a surround sound environment
Audio - Multi-Band Equalizer5 bands
Audio Subwoofer8" powered Subwoofer mounted in rear
Auto-Garage Open/CloseWorks with Homelink
Automatic Keyless EntryNo keys needed
Automatic WipersManual and automatic modes
Bluetooth Phone ConnectionFor hands-free talking, contacts, calendar
Climate - Remain OnCamp and Dog modes
DashcamRecords four video streams
Dashcam ViewerView dashcam video in the car
Driver Profiles with Auto-selectKeyed to your phone and FOB
Easy Access ProfileAdjusts seat and steering wheel for entry and exit
HomelinkWith user settable text descriptions
Interior Accent Lighting
Mirror - Auto Dimming RearviewDetects headlights behind you
MultilingualDisplay, Voice Navigation, and Voice entry
PIN to Drive OptionEnter a code before the vehicle starts
PIN to Unlock GloveboxEnter a code to access the glovebox
Radio - FM
Radio - FM-HDAccess multiple FM HD channels
Radio - XM
*
Seats - 40/60 Fold Down RearGreatly expands available space
Seats - Front Driver Power12-way and driver profile memory
Seats - Heated FrontThree levels
Seats - Heated RearIndividually selectable for each position
Secondary StorageFrunk and under Trunk
Steering Feel AdjustableComfort, Standard, and Sport
Steering Wheel - Heated
Streaming Audio without a PhoneSlacker, Spotify and TuneIn
Tesla Arcade - MainWide range of games to play while parked
Theft AlarmAlarm sounds if doors, trunk or frunk open when locked
USB Music PlayerPlay ACC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV files
Valet Mode Limits maximum speed and performance
Voice Activated ControlsWith hundreds of commands
Windows - PoweredOne-touch

Mobile App
Notes
Value
Contact Roadside Assistance
Initiate Software UpdateFor over-the-air updates
Notification - Break-In
Notification - Vehicle Unlocked
Notification - Windows Open
Remote Charging Control and StatusSet the charging limits, start/stop charging
Remote Climate ControlPre-heat or cool the cabin
Remote Unlock and Start CarNo keys in car are required
Remote Vent Windows
Setup a Service Appointment
Show Vehicle LocationDisplays location on a map

Navigation
Notes
Value
Load Address from Calendar
Maps - Free updates
Maps - Pinch to zoom, shrink, and rotate
Maps - Points of Interest and Charging locations
Maps - Real-time Traffic MonitoringColor coded traffic levels
Maps - Resident and Internet MapsKeeps maps accurate
Maps - Road and Satellite Views
Route to Destination
Route via Needed Charge Points
Traffic Aware RoutingDetermines the best route based on current traffic
Voiced Direction Prompts

Safety
Notes
Value
360 Degree Driving VisualizationShows cars, bicyclists and pedestrians
Airbags
8
All-Wheel Drive Independent front/rear motors adds safety over clunky ICE AWD systems
Antilock Brakes
Auto - High Beam Prevents blinding oncoming traffic
Automatic Emergency BrakingDetects cars or obstacles that the car may impact
Backup CameraWide angle, high definition
Bioweapon Defense ModeUses HEPA filter to rapidly clean cabin air
Blind-spot WarningWith visual vehicle placement
Cornering LightsLED
Daytime Running LightsLED
Electronic Stability Control Far better than ICE, as motor control is almost instant
Electronic Traction Control
Five-star Crash RatingsNHTSA 5-stars In every category
Fog LightsLED
Front Collision WarningWarns of impending collisions with slower moving or stationary cars
HEPA air filtrationEliminates most pollutants in cabin
Lane Departure AvoidanceApplies corrective steering to keep your car in the intended lane
Low Rollover RiskVery low center of gravity
Obstacle Aware AccelerationReduces acceleration when an obstacle is detected in front of your car
Second Row LATCHFor attachment of child seats
Side Collision WarningWarns of potential collisions with obstacles alongside the car
Speed AssistWarning if you exceed the speed limit
   * estimated or unconfirmed.

Sources

The information listed here has been obtained from the Tesla website, the vehicle manuals, EPA, and our own vehicle analysis. Tesla does not always send out notifications of changes, but we do our best to maintain current information.  The last line of the specifications section shows the date when the information was collected for specific vehicles.

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