Consumer Reports Selects Tesla Model S as “Best Overall” Automobile of 2014 (w/video)

FEB 25 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Consumer Reports Selects Tesla Model S as "Best Overall" Automobile of 2014

Consumer Reports Selects Tesla Model S as “Best Overall” Automobile of 2014

 Consumer Reports has bestowed several honors upon the Tesla Model S:

But this latest one takes the cake.

Consumer Reports’ Best Overall Automobile of 2014

Tesla Model S

“Sure, you can talk about this electric luxury car’s blistering acceleration, razor-sharp handling, compliant ride, and versatile cabin, which can fit a small third-row seat. But that just scratches the surface of this technological tour de force. The Tesla is brimming with innovation. Its massive, easy-to-use 17-inch touch screen controls most functions. And with its totally keyless operation, full Internet access, and ultra-quiet, zero-emission driving experience, the Tesla is a glimpse into a future where cars and computers coexist in seamless harmony. Its 225-mile driving range and 5-hour charges, using Tesla’s special connector, also make it the easiest, most practical, albeit pricey, electric car to live with.”

Criteria for selection, as outlined by Consumer Reports, is as follows:

Top Picks must meet our criteria in three areas:

Test performance. Each must rank at or near the top of its class in our overall test score.

Reliability. Each must have an average or better reliability Rating, based on the problems our subscribers reported on 1.1 million vehicles in our latest Annual Auto Survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

Safety. Top Picks must perform adequately if included in crash or rollover tests conducted by the government or insurance industry.

Source: Consumer Reports

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11 Comments on "Consumer Reports Selects Tesla Model S as “Best Overall” Automobile of 2014 (w/video)"

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Anon

Huh. The report seems to completely contradict what a few anti-Tesla trolls on this site have been trying to promote for the last few months. 😀

Data over vindictive personal opinion? Bah, humbug! Please see the children’s book, “The Troll That Cried Fire!” 😉

EV

*Best Overall Car Ever

EV

Chevy Volt better than every car on there except tesla

danwat1234

Agreed, the Volt is awesome. But neither really have any active safety avoidance systems like the Prius.

Steve

Not sure where the Prius came from for Best Green Car. According to Consumer Reports’ own readers surveys, the Volt has outscored the Prius in every test, including reliability over the short and long term and number who would re-purchase if given the chance. Come on Consumer Reports…. Report facts, not your bias or opinion!

Matt

Prius is way more versatile and practical in many regards.

ModernMarvelFan

But the cateogry was “best GREEN car”….

CR is openly biased toward Toyota. Even their review on the Volt vs. the Prius Plugin has clear bias built into them….

Foo

You think maybe they also factor in value for money?

Oh yeah, it’s Consumer Reports… so yeah, they do.

ModernMarvelFan

Prius is certainly NOT ranked near the top of its class in terms of performance.

Plenty of “hybrids” that are way better in performance than the Prius.

So for the three criteria that CR listed themselves, they have FAILED.

Volt beats Prius in Safety, Performance and Reliability ranking…

Big Solar

They are gonna keep an eye on Tesla fires but I assume they are going to look the other way from the 100,000 gas car fires we will have this year??

Bill Howland

This was an interesting video segment in that personally, I was on the Fence about whether to get a second Tesla, originally wanting a 2wd X, but now I can only get a 2wd in an S.

In my mind, the car is significantly overpriced for its trim levels available, and even at this late date I’m STILL unsure about its economy since this subject strangely has not had the very rigorous analysis other vehicles such as the Leaf and Volt have had, but reasoning the Consumer Reports is really risking Egg on their corporate Face if they are totally wrong makes me think its fair enough to give the S another hard look.

I would ideally like to wait for a 110 kwh battery option, but then again, perhaps I should purchase one before Musk raises the asking price again.