This is our first article on the Tesla lineup and it won’t be our last as I suspect these guys will be around awhile. The Tesla Model S in this brand’s top of the line sedan. High end sedans are typically among the easiest to find mounts for, but this was an exception.
A photo of the interior of the Tesla Model S accompanies this article. It doesn’t look like your typical high-end sedan.
Most car model specific articles on this site have the words “Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts” within it. This one just has the words “Phone Mounts”. This is because there is simply nowhere to put a tablet. The vehicle is simply too compact.
The thing I was drawn to was a gigantic 17″ touchscreen display. It’s large enough to be distracting. You will likely use this display for a lot of things, but it sure provides a large GPS display. In fact, it’s like watching a GPS on a TV screen.
So let’s look at some phone mounts for a Tesla Model S. There are a few good locations and several “not so good” locations.
Windshield and Dash Mounts for the Tesla Model S
First, let’s look at the windshield. The challenge here is to ensure the mounting location doesn’t block your view of the road. Consider the Arkon Slim Grip Ultra Travel Mount for smartphones. The cradle expands to over seven-inches wide and that is large enough to hold a phone with or without a case (including a thick Otterbox Defender). The expandable cradle includes support legs that can be moved from side to side to leave any port on your phone exposed for cables. The mount can be adjusted at the base and cradle. It rotates 360 degrees.
If you would like to use a Garmin GPS in this vehicle, remove the cradle and adapter from this mount. That uncovers a 17mm ball which is the exact size necessary to fit the socket on the back of a Garmin vehicle GPS cradle (such as the Nuvi or Drive).
This mount kit includes a dash disk for turning the suction mount into one that works on top of the dash. Best location is towards the left of the touchscreen on top of the dash.
Air Vent Mounts for the Tesla Model S
One of our favorite locations for smartphones is the front air vent located in the middle of the dash. The closest we will come on a Tesla Model S is the small rectangular air vent to the left of the giant display. It’s a horizontal vent and that makes for the best smartphone mount support.
Consider the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount. This has been our go to vent mount for a while now. The mount features a ball and socket design so the cradle be angled for the best view. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is large enough for almost any phone.
This mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS device. Like the windshield mount we just discussed, this also has a 17mm ball when the cradle is removed. That will fit the back of any Garmin vehicular GPS model’s cradle just fine.
We reviewed the Square Jellyfish mount in detail in 2016 and have used it in a few vehicles successfully. It’s a solid mount that holds up very well to daily use.
Tesla Model S Mount Summary
How about a few of our other mounting locations? There aren’t any. The cup holders are set too far back to be of any use. There is no CD player. The car seat bolts aren’t easily accessible.
So that leaves the windshield and air vents as the best locations for mounting a phone. You can also consider the top of the dash but I think the windshield or air vent make better locations in the Tesla Model S. These locations are also good for mounting a GPS although I suspect between your smartphone and big giant touchscreen console, you won’t be needing your Garmin GPS.