Consumer Reports Selects Tesla Model S as

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