Amazing new wsj review...

These reviews all SUCK! (sarcasm)
Every time I read one I want my car NOW and I want one I can't afford. By the time I get the call to order I am going to find it hard not to get the Performance version. How in the world am I going to explain that to my wife?

"Sudre i have the same problem...HAAAAAAA, how much can i sell my left hand ?

"The MSM made me do it!" ??
"Since I can't have a trophy wife, I might as well have a trophy car!" ??
"There might as well be one area of my life where I'm sexy and high-performance." ??
"Since I can't take it with me, I want it all NOW!" ??

It's more good press, which I suppose is good, but for those of us that visit these forums, a review like this adds little value. I think most of us are now anxiously awaiting "real" reviews.

In fact, this WSJ article is a bit over the top. It's feels kind of like a commercial or at least, a fanboy's ravings. Comparing it to a Lambo is a bit much, and then there's lines like this: "The Model S is the most impressive feat of American industrial engineering since [someone sent a rocket into space and docked with a space station]"

Statements like that may or may not arguably true, but Dan Neil isn't really making a case, he's just gushing, wish honestly, seems inappropriate. Maybe he thinks this will get him a "review" car for free down the line.

wish honestly >> which honestly

not really sure how I managed that one

The wsj reviewer's frequent reference to addictive drugs suggests he's not likely to be a mere "tester" for long. Dropped a hint he'd need (he wants) at least 3 months to fully validate the S's claims.

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT article! I couldn't have said it better myself.....

Yet he just had to mention that he thought it might burst into flames?

I didn't take that to mean that he had a specific concern about it being electric. I think he was just saying that it was great after is first 10 minute drive, but that he can't judge the lasting quality and that there's no ownership history to rely. Replace "could burst into flames" with "could fall apart after a month" etc. I don't think he was trying to make a dig at electric cars;

To be honest though, I did think that he was basically trying to add a caveat to make his review seem a bit more objective.

I think good press, be it effusive or not, is a great thing for Tesla and it will only make the company more successful as they continue to deliver on those promises.

Also, note that this was 'an hour plus' test drive. Not a 10min drive. but still, the full reviews will be the most gratifying yet if they remain positive.


I don't disagree that the reporter has obviously been moved by his experence, and is comming off a bit 'fanboy' by it, however, I don't think he intended the article for those of us who already know more about this car than the dealers do.

With that said, I agree with his response, as I felt the same way with my test-drive last week in Hathorne, and thus far I have yet to read a review where the driver wasn't moved by what was happening when he (or she) hit the throttle.

I agree the Model S is no Lamborghini, however 1.5 seconds isn't a whole hell of a lot faster for a vehical that cost three times as much to buy, likely fifty times more to maintain, and 5000 times more to run, nevermind, like the reporter said, alerts the everyone within a half-mile radius when doing it.

The very fact that any electric car with five doors, and seat seven, can go from 0-60 less than 1.5 seconds faster than most powerful exotics, is an amazing feat of engineering genius!

Tikiman distilled the essence. The reviewer was effusive because he was genuinely moved.

Given the author, this is a very significant milestone for Tesla.

Dan Neil is no lightweight. He's a Pulizter prize-winning, very gifted writer, and arguably the most honest auto critic alive.

His criticism can be brutal when it's deserved. (Just Google his recent WSJ review of the Prius C)

When he drove this car for this first time, he had a "Jesus, the dream is now real" moment.

He gushed because TM earned it. Neil is a skilled jounalist with a keen sense of history. You don't want to be remembered as the guy who didn't get it when the transformative auto industry moment just occurred.

A truly brilliant editor knows when to let his audience see him humbled by the gravity of an event. That's when everyone understands that this news is important. (Check out some classic video of Edward R. Murrow for examples).

All of us jaded TM EV enthusiasts might pause to drink up just how cool what's happening right now really is.

+1 mark

+ 1 Mark



It didn't go well at my house: I am now "officially" in a mid-life crisis according to my wife...but I got the performance!


It didn't go well at my house: I am now "officially" in a mid-life crisis according to my wife...but I got the performance!

And I agree completely with Mark K. Reviews like this will change minds.

Great review. I drove the Model S, and could not have expressed my feelings any better.

There are always the “do nothings” who still believe the world is flat. You just have to leave them behind in their state of constancy. Big wheel keeps on turning – If you don’t go towards the horizon, you will never see what's around the corner.If anyone feels the Model S is too expensive to run and maintained; and that it requires special brain power to remember to charge the battery, then they should stay with their favorite ICE cars and leave the pioneers to explore.

They should however not forget to fuel their cars, change oils, replace battery, tune ignition, keep out of HOV lanes, etc ......

As for the risk of malignancy to the nether regions, I was pleased to learn when I asked the question a year ago at an alpha event, that the driver and passengers are not exposed to higher than "average" levels of EMF. Details were not provided but it was reassuring to know that occupant EMF exposure levels had been considered.

For those unfamiliar with the effects of EMF on biological systems, it has been shown that electromagnetic fields can, not surprisingly, exert an electromotive force within cells resulting in protein displacement and ion channel disruption. I'm not aware of any conclusive peer-reviewed evidence showing increased risk for disease or cancer with EMF exposure, but perturbation of the cellular microenvironment is undisputed. Until the results of further studies evaluating EMF safety are in, it's comforting to know I don't need to worry about it with this car.

Robert22: By bringing up something that in your own words "i don't need to worry about with this car", your intent is to do what? Scare people back into an ICE? Convince them to unplug their TV, toaster, and washer and dryer? I don't get it. What's your point?

I think you're in more danger of harm from going 135mph in your brand new Performance S, than any amount of EMF radiated from the vehicle.

My understanding is that you get more EMF radiation from the electrical circuits in your home then you ever would from any car. This topic comes up quite a bit in the Prius forums and those who have actually measured EMF in the Prius and other cars say there is more EMF in a conventional car because there is no particular care taken to reduce EMF. Toyota and other manufacturers have realized that there is a group which is concerned about the levels so they have taken steps to minimize it. I suspect measurements of the Model S will show the same thing although I haven't heard one way or the other.

I'd worry about the exhaust from diesel engines, which have been proven to be carcinogenic, long before I would worry about EMF.

Toyota and other manufacturers of cars with large batteries --drat the lack of editing.


My point is that I'd be uncomfortable with my butt 12 inches from a ? high EMF source for prolonged periods of time until more long term EMF exposure data is in. The fact that Tesla has either shielded or found a way to reduce that level to background through its engineering makes me much more comfortable. I don't sit on my toaster or other home appliances for hours at a time which is why they are of reduced concern to me.

I'm still a little puzzled by your bizarre response. I'm certainly not trying to scare anyone away from an EV. If anything, I was pleased to see that this issue had been considered by Tesla. The rep mentioned that this was not a trivial issue for the engineers, and that it was a frequent question and concern of those viewing the car.

Although you're probably correct, it might be worth reserving your expert opinion on the overall safety of vehicular EMF emission until we have more data. Would the lack of definitive information prevent me from buying the car? Definitely not.

After reading the WSJ review ………….. I just had a cargasm !!!!

+1 Mark K

@Robert22, your butt is about 8 feet from the EMF source when you sit onto drivers seat. Batteries don't do squat to EMF. Even sitting right on top of the rear axle your ear-button you use to avoid EMF from your cell phone probably causes bigger EMF than it does (distance squared).

Anyway, it's very low energy field. Just like powerlines. One second onto summer Sun causes more cell changes than year under those. Literally.

Mark2131, I don't believe Robert22 was bringing up the EMF issue to "scare people back into an ICE" as your tone implied. He was reassuringly responding to this comment in the article:
The thing could burst into flames or be found to cause cancer of the nether regions

-- Although you're probably correct, it might be worth reserving your expert opinion on the overall safety of vehicular EMF emission until we have more data.

EMF radiation has been common for over 100 years without a problem. How much more data do we need?

Some of the worst writing I have seen in the Journal in years, and yes, he throws in completely overblown caveats, but glad he liked the car. As for making him a tester, I am starting to understand why Consumer's Reports insists on buying its cars. Here's hoping CR has a low reservation number.

As CR has either missed the point or got it wrong on almost everything they've ever reviewed that I pretend to know a bit about, I'm not very hopeful they will do Tesla any justice. While they might not be as blatantly bad as Jalopnik, they aren't a whole lot better. The best grade you can give them is "E" for effort.