Tesla Model S Wins 2013 Motor Trend Car Of The Year (w/video)

4 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 12

Hard To Argue With Motor Trend's 2013 Car Of The Year: Tesla Model S

There are a lot of “Car Of The Year” awards, by our count this will be Tesla’s 4th.

However, the Motor Trend award is a little more special.  Maybe because they have been handing them out since 1949, or perhaps maybe it is because they practically nominate every car that has wheels.

Still, it is high praise.   Even more so because it is the first all electric car to ever win.  It is also one of the fastest (and most expensive) four door cars to ever win.

The Criteria That Made The Model S The Car of The Year Unanimously by All 11 Motor Trend Judges

Motor Trend found the car both to be exhilarating in performance; they tested the Model S from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds, and in fuel efficiency; achieving a 118 MPGe on a particularly easy 212 mile run, and a 74.5MPGe rating after doing 313 mile of roads loops (with the A/C on) during the evaluation period.  Not bad for 4,766 lbs of car.

But what they seem most impressed with, is that it was born of American ingenuity:

“The mere fact the Tesla Model S exists at all is a testament to innovation and  entrepreneurship, the very qualities that once made the American automobile  industry the largest, richest, and most powerful in the world. That the 11  judges unanimously voted the first vehicle designed from the wheels up by a  fledgling automaker the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year should be  cause for celebration. America can still make things. Great things.”

Motor Trend Model S COTY video below, full written recap here.

 

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12 responses to "Tesla Model S Wins 2013 Motor Trend Car Of The Year (w/video)"

  1. James says:

    World Class. American. First Of It’s Kind.

    What other choice was there?

    Motor Trend did a great job.

    BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Lexus –
    what do you have that matches The S’s performance,
    DOES NOT MAKE AIR DIFFICULT TO BREATHE,
    AND DOES NOT USE A DROP OF FOREIGN OIL?!!!

      1. Open-Mind says:

        I don’t care. Because unlike the EPA, I don’t consider our breath to be “pollution”.

        The Model S is a great, fast, and efficient American sedan that is powered by an abundant and cheap American fuel source. No other vehicle can make that claim. That’s why it won.

  2. Schmeltz says:

    Congratulations to Tesla. Motor Trend COTY is well deserved IMHO.

  3. Mike says:

    Pollutes as much in Production as a normal Gas car does in use over is Lifespan.

    Oh and if you let the battery run out….it turns into a “BRICK”.

    $40k to replace.

    How many “Bricks” would be laying around New York now after Hurricane Sandy?

    1. Dave R says:

      Lots of FUD there Mike, lots of FUD…

    2. Open-Mind says:

      The bricked Tesla myth was debunked a long time ago:

      http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/02/23/0310255/why-tesla-cars-arent-bricked-by-failing-batteries

      After Sandy, there were lots of dead gasoline cars in New York too. All cars require fuel. Doesn’t seem relevant.

      1. Mike says:

        Where are you going to charge them when there is NO POWER for TWO WEEKS?

        1. Stuart22 says:

          Ease up, Mike. Your man lost, now deal with it.

    3. Mark H says:

      I usually don’t take the bait on this one but what the heck. Here is a homework assignment.
      1) Average US gas mileage is 21.3 mpg
      2) An average EV can travel 20 miles on 7KWh
      3) How many KWh does it take to produce one gallon of gas?
      Your research will produce various answers but conservatively speaking it is around 6KWh.
      “This” is a very important number left out of the graph in your link making it completely bogus.
      Furthermore as Gumroy replied, the sun rises every day. 1 in 3 EV owners produce their own electricity. As EV awareness grows, so does this number.
      Fracking is on the rise and way ahead of this industry, but in the end we will see who stands on the right side of history…

  4. Grumoy says:

    Last time I checked, the sun still rose in the east everyday. A solar system will charge your EV just fine, provided you live south of the arctic circle.

  5. Alex says:

    There have only been a few times in the past when I have looked at a car and said to myself “I really want to buy that car” (whether I could afford it or not). The Tesla Model S is definitely one of them. I was stunned to read about the projected performance/range when it was announced a few years ago and was even more stunned when was able to take it for a spin at one of Tesla’s events. Finally a car company that actually invents something radically new (and so cool) as opposed to talking about what can’t be done. I guess that is the difference between a (purely EV) company who really wants to sell EV’s and a (gasoline and EV) company who has to sell EV’s to comply with regulations. Unfortunately even the base version isn’t within my budget, but with the economies of scale and new technologies that Tesla is inventing, I am looking forward to owning a 3rd gen Tesla car in the more affordable projected $30K range for “the average Joe”. Until then I am salivating over the Model S, wish Tesla happy sales and will continue to drive “the old car”… Kudos to Tesla and keep at it! You’ve shown everyone that it is not technology that is lacking in the world. It is commitment.