What's the world's best automobile?

If you posed that question to Consumer Reports, then the answer is simple: the Tesla Model S.

No *asterisk required.

Consumer Reports is not only saying that the Model S is the best electric vehicle in the land.  Nope.  Consumer Reports is saying that no other vehicle it's ever tested is even in the same league as the Model S.

To phrase it one more way, the Tesla Model S is the best all-around automobile in the world, according to Consumer Reports.

Here's more of what Consumer Reports had to say in its full review of the Model S:

"Slipping behind the wheel of the Tesla Model S is like crossing into a promising zero-emissions future. This electric luxury sports car...is brimming with innovation, delivers world-class performance, and is interwoven throughout with impressive attention to detail. The sum total of that effort has earned the Model S the highest score in our Ratings: 99 out of  100. That is far ahead of such direct competitors as the gas-powered Porsche Panamera (84) and the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid (57)."

 "And as you dip into the throttle, you experience a silent yet potent surge of power that will make many sports cars weep with envy."

"With its hefty 85-kWh lithium-ion battery, our Tesla is easily the most practical electric car we’ve tested."

Only one other vehicle ever tested by Consumer Reports scored 99 out of 100.  Care to guess which vehicle that was? (hint: it was back in 2007 and the automaker is Japanese).

via Consumer Reports