Elon Musk expressing his emotions after learning Consumer Reports didn't award the first three places to Tesla Model S
Consumer Reports announced The Best Cars of 2015 and listed the top 10.
"These models outperformed, outscored, and outclassed their competitors, demonstrating all-round excellence. Common among these all-stars are benchmark acceleration, braking, and handling performance, with superior comfort and convenience to boot. Simply put, these are cars we’d love to own."
Since Consumer Reports rated the Model S at 103 points on Consumer Reports’ 0-100 rating scale, no one should be surprised that the Tesla Model S grabbed two spots among the 10 best cars.
Is the P85D different enough from other Model S to split it apart and consider it as its own winner? We'll leave that for you to evaluate as we prepare for four best places for Tesla in 2016 after the Model X fully enters the game.
To the best of our knowledge, never before has a single model (example: Model S) grabbed the top 2 spots on this Consumer Reports' list.
Eight mostly conventional models fill in the rest of the top 10 chart:
10. Audi A6
9. Chevrolet Impala
8. Audi A8
7. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
6. Mercedes-Benz E250 Diesel
5. Porsche 911
4. Mercedes-Benz S550 (plug-in hybrid version available)
3. BMW M235i
2. Tesla Model S
"Base MSRP price range: $70,000 - $105,000 Look past its slick styling, futuristic controls, rapid-fire acceleration, and superb handling, and you’ve still got a car that gets the equivalent of 84 mpg. With its optional 85-kWh battery, the largest available, it can travel between 180 and 225 miles per charge. It can fully charge in as little as five hours on a dedicated Tesla connector – and in less than 45 minutes on a roadside Tesla supercharger. The interior comes with a huge iPad-like center screen that controls many functions. How fast is fast? Our 362-hp Model S shot from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. That's on par with a V8-powered Porsche Panamera S, Jaguar XJ, or a BMW 7 Series. The Tesla isn’t cheap—starting at around $70,000—but few cars have dazzled more."
1.Tesla Model S P85D
"Base MSRP price range: $105,000 Two Teslas on our Best of 2015 list? You betcha. We didn’t think it was possible, but the 691-hp P85D wowed us even more than the base model Tesla S. The performance geek in us loves that it rockets to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds while delivering 1.02 g's of horizontal accelerative force in less than a quarter-second. No other street-legal car can achieve that. The hot rod P85D has the same range as the standard 85-kilowatt version and still provides pinpoint handling, and a firm yet comfortable ride. All-wheel drive and Autopilot active safety features are also available. Even though reliability has dropped to below average, our subscribers rate the Tesla Model S as the most satisfying car in our survey. Considering this model’s otherworldly performance, well, that’s not shocking."
Source: Consumer Reports