Tesla Model S Earns Highest Score Ever in Consumer Reports Ratings; 99 Out of 100 (w/video)

MAY 9 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 26

What’s the world’s best automobile?

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

Tesla Model S is Best Car Ever Tested by Consumer Reports

Tesla Model S is Best Car Ever Tested by Consumer Reports

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

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26 Comments on "Tesla Model S Earns Highest Score Ever in Consumer Reports Ratings; 99 Out of 100 (w/video)"

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Spin

Lexus LFA?

Eric Loveday

You’ve got the automaker right…but not the car

Jay Cole

Easy one, Toyota Land Cruiser Wagon 4WD of course

/boom…what do I win?

Eric Loveday

Wrong….Completely wrong

Jay Cole

Frig, thought I nailed that one.

I’m not good with those obscure vehicles that come without plugs.

scottf200

Best overall: Lexus LS460 — 2009
Price: $63,675 – $77,110
Fuel economy: 24 highway; 16 city
Test score: 99

Theautoprophet

CR’s environmental bias is over-shadowing their reason. Here are a few things about the Model S that should be noted

Navigation system (Topdown view, north up, only)
Fiddly key fob
Magic doorhandles that don’t always extend the first touch
Huge central touchscreen without redundant buttons (historically a CR pet peeve)

Eric Loveday

Hopefully nobody cheats at guessing the vehicle. The answer is out there…but let’s keep this fun by not hunting down that correct answer….Guess away

scottf200

You can delete my entry. I read your response after I pressed submit and you guys don’t have editing/deleting!!

Eric Loveday

No prob Scott…a couple others chimed in with the correct response too….had to end it at some point

Josh Bryant

Man, if the Q1 earnings weren’t enough, CR lands this on the next day. Sadly, I don’t have a subscription, so I didn’t read the full article they put up. I’ll grab the newsstand copy in a couple weeks.

George Parrott

Lada hatchback? You said not to seek external references Commisar.

Eric Loveday

Not the Lada…It’s a Japanese something or other….Though if I didn’t know the answer I would’ve guessed something BMW

zilm

Export Lada with right-wheel drive!

Spin

How about the Lexus 600h ?

Eric Loveday

Getting close…

Eric Loveday

It does have a few “L” letters in its name

Spin

GS 600h?

Spin

L letters!!
GL 600h

Spin

LS 600h, I had to look it up!!

Eric Loveday

On the right track for sure…but there’s no “H” in the name of the only other Consumer Reports vehicle to score a 99

Spin

If it is not the regular LS 600 then I give up!!

Anthony Fiti

[spoiler alert]

From USA Today – “Tesla was the first car to get a 99 score since the Lexus LS 460L tested in 2007.”

Jay Cole

Which if I am not mistaken is the mechanical twin of the … Toyota Land Cruiser Wagon 4WD!

/boom x2

…almost indistinguishable from each other

Eric Loveday

Which one is which?….I can’t even tell!!

Scott

Don’t forget folks that CR is only opinion. They say they have scientific methods, but that’s on kitchen paraphernalia, not cars. And Lexus? They made some good ones, but they utterly suck now. Especially compared to the newer metal from Detroit.