Consumer Reports is awfully fond of the Tesla Model S. The EV managed to pull down an impressive score of 99 out of 100 in the organization's evaluation, besting the Porsche Panamera Hybrid by a full 16 points. CR calls the battery-operated sedan "the most practical electric car we've ever tested" thanks to its 200 mile range and blistering 5.6-second dash to 60 miles per hour. Testers also had praise for the vehicle's excellent handling characteristics and clever packaging, but found issue with the large touch screen mounted in the center of the dash. According to CR, the screen requires too much time looking down and away from the road.

The publication also called out the car for skipping the spare tire, compressor and run flat tires, but those issues weren't enough to keep the machine from earning a top nod. You can head over to Consumer Reports to read the full review for yourself, and be sure to check out the video below for a better picture of the machine's highlights, including some EV drifting (even CR likes to have some fun).


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      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      Also, it must be mentioned that CR still won't recommend ModelS due to no service history, it's a new model. So they are being consistent in what they are doing. If CR had recommended it to its subscribers that would be something to chide them over but they didn't.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @purrpullberra
        They are being consistent in some ways. I don't think those are the ways people are complaining about.
      Kevin Potts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Twenty years from now people are going look back and see that this car started a major revolution in auto industry. This isn't the first electric car, but it's probably the one electric car that appeases a great deal of customers in terms of form and function. More so with the form, because it's clearly not an ugly automobile. I like to think of GM's EV1 as a Sony "Walkman" to Tesla's Model Roadster as an Apple iPod. The Model S is the iPhone of the auto industry.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla have to be wondering if there is ever going to be a letdown! The way things are going now the good news just seems to snowball. Isn't there usually a letdown after a huge run up, whoever or whatever it is? Anyway, this is a VERY important milestone for a new model to go through the CR gauntlet and they came out looking better than ever. Wow! CR are an unusual car reviewer, I think we would all agree on that. No car testers are completely open about exactly how they come up with their results because these things are just too subjective for them to be explained well to everyone's liking. Arguing about how they came up with only a 1 point deduction. I think we have to look at why they rated it so much higher than every other car. CR doesn't require all the 'safety features' that the ModelS lacks. Many people hate those 'features' . The Tesla touchscreen is likewise a totally different creature than every other touchscreen or units like the MyFordTouch. Is it that much better than MFT? Yes, that's what CR seem to be saying. Are Tesla 1% away from perfection? NO, not at all!!. Is the tesla ModelS heads and shoulders above the rest of the competition? Yes, seems to be the answer from CR, that's it. That's what 99 out of 100 means from CR today. The big question is what does this mean going forward. Whether we like it or not CR is a recognized authority in our current culture and they just gave the ModelS the best, most meaningful glowing praise it's received to date. I think this means that the general public is soon going to be made aware of Tesla and that their ModelS is a world-beater. I think a LOT more people are going to jump on the bandwagon. If I were Tesla I think I'd start to do some advertising. Not much but just enough to appeal to the publics love for great American success stories. Make this thing aspirational and a dream machine. Print posters for bedroom walls, that sort of thing, too. A few well placed ads can really work wonders. Spend the $11 million I say. Gotta spend money to make money!
      Emmsys
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is already incredibly difficult to start an automotive company and be successful, never mind building a usable electric vehicle. Tesla seems to have accomplished both and yet people still rip on them? I am not American so don't try to pin patriotic crap on me. And I cannot afford any of the Tesla cars either. But that will not stop me from appreciating and admiring what Tesla has accomplished! It's like all of the hatred towards Apple. Competition is NOT a bad thing! You would think that Americans would be full of pride! Heck, I am ecstatic that the US is still the innovation country of the world (and I am Canadian eh). The Tesla Model S is an amazing car, that happens to be electric. Period. Be happy that a "little guy" can move in and change the game.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      nothing against the model s but there is nothing like 'merican patriotism
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 1 Year Ago
      hopefully tesla takes some of the criticism to heart and adds usable buttons and dials for future generations. buttons and dials can be the jewellery of luxury car dashboards, besides being functional.
        Joshua Even
        • 1 Year Ago
        @H.E. Pennypacker
        Buttons and dials are not the jewelry of smart -phones, though
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Normal scoring goes to 100. This car goes to 111. Funny enough, that reference is actually incorporated into the car. The music system goes to 11. Really.
      Jeff Gilleran
      • 1 Year Ago
      One thing to note. This is a full on electric car, and although I mirror the concern how points were given to the car, I have a feeling some of the typical engineering that goes into a design like this isn\'t exactly under the same rules as your typical ICE vehicle. From a perception standpoint, I\'m sure the car drives or feels anything typical to what most people are used to. However, it is still by and large a fine luxury car, that has electric propulsion. I have a feeling that most will feel that a car like Tesla\'s is going to be a new standard in what an electric car to the masses should perform like. :)
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. This car seems to be the most praised car in recent times.
      LEONARD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Vid was a waste of time!
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      In LA I'm starting to see Teslas almost every couple days now (and I can't help but stare every time I see one). Really glad that these cars are catching on.
      PeterScott
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks like a slightly better CR link for non-subscribers: http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2013/05/video-the-tesla-model-s-is-our-top-scoring-car.html
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