"An ecological tour-de-force wrapped in a luxury package"The Tesla Model S electric sedan seems to have truly impressed the Consumer Reports crew, as well as the magazine's members. Last year it received the "best overall car for 2014" award, which wasn't that surprising after the CR in-depth review gave it 99 out of 100 points and called it the 'best car we've ever tested'. The Consumer Reports members satisfaction surveys also showed impressive results, with the Model S getting 99/100 in one survey and 98/100 in another (I'm starting to think that they don't give perfect scores, like some teachers who always remove one point to make a statement about how perfection is unattainable).
It's that time of year again, and Consumer Reports has released it's top 10 picks for 2015. Still reigning supreme as "Best Overall Car" is our old friend the Model S. Why? In their own words:
For all of the impressive new vehicles released in 2014, none was able to eclipse the innovation, magnificence, and sheer technological arrogance of the Tesla. That’s why it’s our best overall pick for the second consecutive year. Through the course of their life cycles, cars become obsolete quickly as newer models appear with updated gizmos. But with Tesla’s over-the-air software updates, a Model S that came off the line in 2013 has many of the same new features as one built today. Despite the Tesla’s teething problems at launch, our subscriber reports showed average reliability. The Model S is a technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range, wrapped in a luxury package.
Here's the video they did to give an overview of their 10 picks. The Model S is at the end, if you want to skip ahead:
If you are a Consumer Reports subscriber, you can see the Model S road test here.
Worth noting is also the Toyota Prius, which topped the "green car" category for the 12th year in a row. Now that's a pretty good streak!