How Tesla and Elon Musk Exaggeraged Safety Claims About Autopilot and Cars – Daily Beast

Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2016

The lowest-priced Model S starts at $66,000, about the same as an entry-level Audi A7, and climbs to around $135,000 with options, a similar price point as a fully-optioned Lexus LS 600h hybrid. The Model X starts around $83,000 and tops out around $145,000, a price range bracketed by the Porsche Cayenne SUV on the low end and a Porsche 911 Turbo on the high end. Vehicles in this price range are engineered to be some of the safest vehicles on the road, and many come with a panoply of advanced driver assistance safety functions, like Automatic Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control, making them the most direct competition for Tesla’s vehicles. Comparing a vehicle in this rarified segment to the overall market, where the average new vehicle costs less than $35,000, is beyond disingenuous.

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