Tesla Model S Is Consumer Reports’ “Top Pick Of 2015” (w/video)

MAR 2 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 20

For the second year in a row, Consumer Reports deems the Tesla Model S as its top pick of 2015 with a score of 99 out of 100!

Consumer Reports' Tesla Model S 85 kWh.

Consumer Reports’ Tesla Model S 85 kWh.

This is fantastic news for Tesla, as being a repeat winner in this category is extremely rare.

The video above shows the top vehicles in each category and saves the best for last:  The Top Pick of 2015, the Tesla Model S.

Consumer Reports discusses why the Model S is deserving of the win.  However, we would like to correct one tiny error to avoid any confusion. The Tesla Model S fitted with the 85 kWh battery pack has a range 265 miles on a single charge.

Click here for the 10 top picks of 2015 full article by Consumer Reports.

We wonder if the upcoming Tesla Model X will rise to the top of the list.  It’s possible that Tesla could secure the #1 and #2 spots.  Imagine that.

A performance beast disguised in luxury!

A performance beast disguised in luxury!

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20 Comments on "Tesla Model S Is Consumer Reports’ “Top Pick Of 2015” (w/video)"

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Yeah, no one else offers anything as nice of a car with the efficiency rating.

Prius??? What is this 2001?

Leaf, CMax Energi, Volt, Fiat…

I was thinking the same thing. I could see ranking it as the best non-plug-in hybrid or something.

the Prius is a good car. Roomy, comfortable, very economic and reliable, well equipped and not sporty but pretty good handling too.

“not sporty but pretty good handling too”

LOL. Spoken like a true Prius owner who doesn’t know better.

Prius’s handling is at best piss poor… Acceptable for daily driving.

Prius is a “Transportation appliance”, and I have to say it is the best there is. If you look at strictly measurable factors, room, reliability, versatility, efficiency, cost it has no equal. While I love me some EVs, with current range and infrastructure availability only Tesla comes close to being a one car solution so the old hybrid still reigns.

B/c Consumer Reports are biased toward Prius.

They couldn’t care less if it got a plug or not. They only care about “size” for “green” category.

They even changed the category requirement to remove “performance” from the “Green” requirement. (I complained to CR last 2 years b/c Prius would fail their own ranking by list Prius of having top performance in its peer group which it clearly does NOT).

Well done Tesla!

Interesting that they say the mileage of the S with the ‘optional 85kwh battery’ is between 180-225 miles. They must drive the thing pretty hard. They also call it a luxury car while Tesla does not.

Rather like their calling their other TOP PICK Chevy Impala a luxury car also, which Chevy also does not do.

So the most “GREEN” car is the TOYOTA prius, and it is not even the plug in version.

I’ll say one thing for CU. They don’t seem as needlessly opinionated as they were decades ago (which caused me to get upset and cancel my subscription), so I would guess overall that’s an improvement, but I don’t understand how they can have 2 Top Picks in the same segment.

The Chevy Impala and the Tesla S are rather the same size – what we used to call a midsize and now is considered a large car. You still can’t seat 4 in the back comfortably as you used to be able with a Chrysler Imperial.

So since they call a non-ev prius their Top Green car, why isn’t the chevy impala the top ‘green’ large car? I don’t understand their choices.

They called the Impala a “large car”, not a luxury car. They listed the A6 as the top luxury car, presumably after the Model S which would be the top luxury, large, and green car if one car were allowed to take multiple positions. The way I read their lux/large/green picks is those are the runners-up.

“…If you ignore the nameplate, you’d think you were in a Large Luxury Sedan…”, so sorry John in AA, they said that verbatum.

Didn’t you listen to the above video?

No, I didn’t watch the video. I very seldom do, I resent the waste of time. I was basing my comments on the written article that accompanies the video, where they clearly call the Impala a “large car” and have a different category for “luxury car”.

Anyway, just to make you happy I did go watch that segment. “You’d think you were…” is pretty close but the fact remains that they put a different car in that category.

Yeah, people go to extreme wastes of time to perform obfuscation of their previous statements.

I think Toyota is still somewhat of a knee-jerk thing for CR.

At some point awarding “Green” creed will come down to employing the U.S. electric fuel mix (~39% coal, ~30% natural gas, ~19% nuke, other).

Prius doesn’t get 50mpg any more than Tesla goes 265 over multiple trips/heat/etc. But at these values Tesla still wins a flustack versus @wheels CO2 comparison:

Tesla: 265/77kwh = 3.44kwh.
Coal @2 lb/kwh, nat gas 1 lb/kwh:
.39(2)+.3(1)=1.08 lb/kwh
1.08 lb/3.44miles = .31 lbs/mile

Prius: 50mpg
Conventional 20 lbs per gallon
20/50 = .4 lbs/mile

Considering the Tesla a ‘luxury’ car, I don’t think Toyota knows ‘the way forward’.

Using CU’s mileage rating of 180-225 or 202.5 average, leaves the poundage figure greater than .41, beating the Prius.

So, I understand using their Rationale (not mine) why they selected it.

I’m just surprised the Plug-IN-Prius wasn’t selected since by definition it would have to do a little better. Not that their rationale means much anyway.

If you’re going to use CU’s mileage figure for the MS you should do it for the Prius too. They give it 44 mpg, so 0.45.

And of course since the upstream emissions of oil extraction and refining are not counted, and coal is the only Efuel in the example the whole comparison is ludicrous.

Regarding the Model X, I believe CR will dock points for the Falcon doors. CR tends to punish vehicles with unique features.

There is no alternate powertrain high performance economy car priced in the $70k-$140k class.

So Model S belongs in the F segment by default or the large luxury car class.

Or big luxury sedans that cost $65k-$150k class.

GO TESLA GO