By Jonathan Welsh

Tesla Motors
Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S has the distinction of the highest score on a Consumer Reports road test of 99 points out of 100 (tied with the 2007 Lexus LS 460 L).

But the battery-powered sport sedan may still lack what many car shoppers consider a must: the ‘CR Recommended” tag that lets readers know it thinks the car is worth buying.

“We aren’t telling people they should go out and buy it,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of auto tests.

Vehicles the magazine recommends to readers have to prove their long-term reliability and practicality, and it is too early to say whether the Tesla will stack up. After all, the Model S is not perfect and had a number of minor teething pains during the test period, the magazine said.

It also lost points – well , one point anyway – in part because its range is limited compared with typical gasoline-powered cars. “I can’t jump in the Tesla and drive it across the country like I could with a Toyota Corolla,” Fisher said.

By Jonathan Welsh