Tesla Model S

Tesla’s all-electric Model S luxury sports sedan has earned the highest score in Consumer Reports’ ratings, with 99 out of a possible 100. This EV, built in Palo Alto, Calif., performed better or just as well as any vehicle ever tested by Consumer Reports. The last vehicle to achieve such high numbers was the Lexus LS 460L, tested in 2007.

The Model S has pinpoint handling reminding many of a Porsche, with a beautifully crafted interior that brings to mind something Audi would produce. Even though it can go from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds, it’s also the quietest car tested since the Lexus LS. “The Tesla Model S is packed with technological innovation. It accelerates, handles and brakes like a sports car, it has the ride and quietness of a luxury car and is far more energy efficient than the best hybrid cars,” said Jake Fisher, director of Automotive Testing for Consumer Reports in a recent interview.

Tesla’s Model S is easily the most practical electric car Consumer Reports has tested so far. Where other electric vehicles can go only 70 or 80 miles on a full charge, the Model can get closer to 200 miles. However, its range does vary from 180 on colder days to 225 in warmer weather. Consumer Reports’ Model S averaged around 84 mpg equivalent, with a full charge costing around $9. That’s equivalent to gas costing $1.20 per gallon.

As of now, Consumer Reports cannot recommend the Tesla Model S as it doesn’t have sufficient reliability data, as it is a new car from a start-up company that has no track record for resale value and a small service network. To become recommended, the Model S must have at least average reliability, complete all tests well, and perform well in government and industry crash tests.

Source: PR Newswire

By Megan Stewart