Consumer Reports just released its annual automotive brands' ranking report and Tesla is now the #1 U.S. automaker, according to the survey results. Lincoln is the second highest-ranked U.S. brand. Most of the remaining U.S brands placed near the bottom of the list.
Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports, told Bloomberg:
“The vehicles perform phenomenally. People just love these vehicles.”
Consumer Reports ranks cars based on various factors, including road test results, reliability ratings, owner satisfaction and safety.
In addition to Tesla scoring impressively as a whole, the Model 3 received a top honor from Consumer Reports. The Model 3 was selected as a top pick in the electric car category. The magazine only awards top picks to 10 cars, trucks and SUVs per year. The other top picks include the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Forester, Kia Telluride, Honda Ridegline, Toyota Avalon, Lexus RX and Toyota Supra. We should note then that the Model 3 is the only U.S. top pick then too.
Of the Model 3's top pick honor, Consumer Reports states:
The Model 3 proves that EVs can challenge conventional upscale sedans by offering invigorating performance with a high-tech vibe. It boasts rapid acceleration that’s delivered in near silence, with instant passing power available at any speed and enough thrust to push the driver back into the seat. The car’s superb handling and quick, precise steering help it feel like a sports car. The Model 3 has excellent visibility and a stark interior dominated by a floating 15-inch touch screen that governs many controls. Its impressive road performance is diminished only by the stiff ride and notable wind noise. But its long range of 250 to 330 miles (depending on the version) and green credentials offset those drawbacks.
Bloomberg points out that Tesla moved up eight spots this year in the rankings and that it more than any other automotive brand. Additionally, the electric automaker is now closing in on some luxury makes such as BMW, Audi, Lexus and Porsche (#1 on the list this year).
Just recently, Consumer Reports declared Tesla the leader in the electric car segment, citing advanced motors, battery technology and range that leads the pack. It now seems that these latest ratings place Tesla at the top among U.S. automotive brands as a whole too.