To introduce myself, as this is my first post, I'm the dad of a family of four, a clean energy investor in MA, and have been craving a Tesla for years! But I never could financially justify getting one until now, when we need to replace our old Lexus RX400H ASAP. I put my deposit down on the Model X 14 months ago, but now we really don't want to wait another 6 months or more, and the additional cost of the X over the S, lower range, and unknown long-term reliability of the FWD in New England winters has pushed us back to the Model S. This car will be primarily for my wife to drive with the kids (since they should be driving the safest car there is!), but I'll get to drive it on weekends. And I'm trying to be as financially prudent as possible, once we're past the fact that we're getting a Tesla. I have done research already, but would really appreciate the wisdom of the crowd here re: the options: *Rear (trunk) seats: Obviously the biggest disadvantage compared to the X, but how practical have folks found them for the occasional carpool with kids in the 7-10 year old range? (I understand that ventilation is an issue...) *Dual motor: As a family car, we don't really need super high performance, and my understanding is that good snow tires makes much more of a difference than all wheel drive for winters. How much can folks vouch for rear wheel drive performance in the snow and in bad weather in general? *70 vs. 85: How much range degradation have folks with the S70 had? This is mostly for driving the kids around town, but we will take the occasional road trip, and at least want to make it 180 miles or so in non-ideal weather and driving at the speed of traffic in the left lane. I did notice based on the rated mileage that the 70 is rated to be a bit more efficient than the 85 (I assume due to lower battery weight)... *Fabric seats: How do these look and wear over time, especially w/kids? *Paint: Assuming we don't go for an expensive paint protection product and aren't super scrupulous about keeping the car perfect, what colors would handle real life, minor scratches and heavy winters best? We think the midnight silver looks the best, but am thinking the silver metallic would be more practical while still looking good? *Insurance: The one insurance quote I have so far is $3K for the Tesla and my 2004 Prius which seems high. Any suggestions for insurance companies to get quotes from (in Massachusetts)? We pretty much already decided to go for the autopilot, subzero package, and air suspension (we have a pothole filled road and somewhat steep driveway). Anything else we're missing?? (of course, taking into account the desire to minimize cost!) Thanks much for any and all advice, and looking forward to being part of this awesome community! Dave.