22 features that make Tesla cars unlike any others

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  • Tesla vehicles are engineered with a plethora of interesting features.

  • These include a bioweapon defense mode, sentry mode, and other hidden Easter eggs.

  • The features have helped the company gain such a cult following.

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Most people know Tesla for its sleek and luxury electric cars and its eccentric CEO Elon Musk, but some may not know the electric vehicles are equipped with a plethora of features that you wouldn't find in any other vehicle.

From sentry mode to dog mode and even "caraoke." Here are twenty-two features that put Teslas in a league of their own.

1. Autopilot

Tesla Autopilot
A Tesla driving in autopilot YouTube/Tesla

All Tesla models are equipped with an autopilot advanced driver assistance system.

Newer Tesla models have "8 external cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a powerful onboard computer provide an additional layer of safety," Tesla's website says. Autopilot is meant to be used by drivers who are alert and have their hands on the wheel."

Currently enabled features do not make the vehicle autonomous," Tesla says, despite the name.

2. Caraoke

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Craig Robinson will host Spike's "Caraoke Showdown." Spike

In the 10.0 software update, Tesla's got a new "caraoke '' function which allows Tesla owners to choose from a vast selection of music and song lyrics.

The music selection also features music in different languages. But don't get the idea that you'll be able to sing caraoke while driving, in order for this feature to work, you have to be parked.

3. Bioweapon defense mode

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Tesla CEO Elon Muck talking about the Bioweapon Defense Mode in 2015. YouTube/PremiumMoto TV

Tesla's Model X and Model Y are equipped with a serious HEPA filtration system that filters toxic chemicals from getting into the cabin of the car.

"Inspired by the air filtration systems used in hospitals, clean rooms, and the space industry, we developed a HEPA filtration system capable of stripping the outside air of pollen, bacteria, and pollution," Tesla says.

4. Touchscreen

The interior of a Tesla driving down the highway
Tesla touchscreen Reuters

All Tesla models feature a unique touchscreen that comes with an array of features including video games and live traffic updates. The screens are also home to standard features like climate control and navigation but look nothing like anything else on the market.

5. Streaming services

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Photo Illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images

The high-tech touch screen also allows you to stream your favorite shows from inside your Tesla. But, like the caraoke feature, you have to be parked for this feature to work.

6. Web browser

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Tesla web browser Vimeo/Tesla

With Tesla's premium connectivity you can access various websites while your car is parked, including Hulu, Spotify, and PLEX media player.

7. Easter eggs

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Tesla James Bond Lotus Easter egg YouTube/Bjørn Nyland

Each Tesla is programmed with virtual Easter eggs that can range anywhere from Santa in a sleigh, a rainbow-like road, and even the port of your supercharger lighting up with colors of the rainbow.

8. Air suspension

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Tesla air suspension controls Vimeo/Tesla

Tesla's are equipped with a smart auto raising air suspension system that changes based on the GPS coordinates of your vehicle. Users also have the option to change the firmness of the suspension manually through the Tesla control panel. This feature could really come in handy if you're traveling across the country, and experience changes in the road.

9. Sentry mode

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Tesla sentry mode catching someone kicking the car YouTube/Fernando C

Sentry mode allows you to keep a close eye on your parked vehicle from anywhere in the world. Let's say someone hits your car with a shopping cart, your Tesla will start recording from the outside cameras and alert you that your vehicle has been hit through the Tesla app. This feature eliminates the stress of ever wondering where that mysterious dent came from.

10. Advanced parking sensors

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A Tesla supercharger station at Burbank Town Center, in Burbank on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in Burbank, CA. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Tesla's advanced parking sensors allow drivers to be completely aware of objects that may be too close. If an object gets too close to your vehicle, the car will notify you through audible and visual indicators that you are veering too close to something.

11. Superchargers

FILE PHOTO: Tesla superchargers are shown at a charging station in Santa Clarita, California, U.S. October 2, 2019.  REUTERS/Mike Blake
Tesla superchargers are shown at a charging station in Santa Clarita, California Reuters

There are more than 25,000 Tesla supercharging stations globally. Tesla says that you can charge your car for as little as 15 minutes for 200 miles of travel.

12. The key

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Tesla key fob AP Images

There are plenty of options that aren't traditional keys for a Tesla. If you don't want to use your phone or the card, there are also unique key fobs shaped like a Tesla car.

13. The app

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Britta Pedersen / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

One of the most interesting things about Tesla is the app, which allows drivers to control their car from virtually anywhere. The app sends real-time updates if sentry mode were to activate. You can also check the status of your vehicle while it's charging, control the air conditioning and heat, and also lock and unlock your car.

14. Over-the-air updates

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Tesla Model S. Tesla

Tesla vehicles frequently receive over-the-air updates which are designed to send new features to the vehicles and "make them safer," Tesla's website says.

The vehicles cannot be operated when updates are being installed but you can operate your vehicle when updates are downloading. Other automakers have since adopted Tesla's approach for vehicle updates.

15. Ludicrous Plus mode

Tesla Track Mode
Tesla on a race track Tesla

If you have a need for speed and want to take your Tesla to the race track, then ludicrous plus mode is for you. This feature heats up the battery to an optimum temperature that allows the vehicle to hit maximum speed.

16. Plaid mode

Tesla Model S Plaid sedan
Tesla Model S Plaid. Tesla

Plaid mode is another feature for speed racers. Teslas with plaid mode "have batteries and three electric motors that can produce up to 1,020 horsepower and can take the car from zero to 60 miles an hour in just two seconds," CNN says. That brings these cars in the same performance bracket as Bugatti's and Lamborghinis.

17. Dog mode

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With your family pooch in mind, Tesla introduced dog mode to keep them in the car with the temperature of the car being regulated to avoid the animal overheating. The touchscreen on the car will display a background letting curious bystanders know that your car is a comfortable temperature for your dog and that you will be back.

18. Fart mode

A white Tesla Model S is pictured at a Tesla facility in Littleton, Colorado.
A white Tesla Model S is pictured at a Tesla facility in Littleton, Colorado. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Tesla cars are equipped with a fart mode that allows your vehicle to sound like its breaking wind.

19. The frunk

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Tesla frunk Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider

Most cars have a truck in the back, but why would Tesla pass up the opportunity to be anything less than original. The frunk is just like a trunk, but in the front instead of the back — another feature quickly copied by competitors.

20. Explicit lyrics bar

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Through your Tesla music app, you can censor explicit lyrics in songs, which is perfect for driving with young children.

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