Tesla Model S repeats as Consumer Reports top car

Tesla Model S repeats as Consumer Reports top car

"Tesla Motors’ electric Model S sport sedan won overall honors in Consumer Reports' selection of the best car models. This was the second consecutive year Tesla charged to the top.

Although there were many “impressive” new models this year, the magazine said, “none was able to eclipse the innovation of the Tesla.” The $89,650 Tesla that Consumer Report tested is “a technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range, wrapped in a luxury package.”

P85D | February 24, 2015


risquared | February 24, 2015

I cancelled my subscription to Consumer Reports long ago because those guys don't know what they are doing.

Tesla is a great car and great innovator, however it is not affordable to the mass consumer.

To say that Tesla is the best car for the consumer is like saying that black caviar and Dom Perignon champagne is the best dinner.

oildeathspiral | February 24, 2015

Best overall: Tesla Model S

"For all of the impressive new vehicles released in 2014, none was able to eclipse the innovation, magnificence, and sheer technological arrogance of the Tesla. That’s why it’s our best overall pick for the second consecutive year. Through the course of their life cycles, cars become obsolete quickly as newer models appear with updated gizmos. But with Tesla’s over-the-air software updates, a Model S that came off the line in 2013 has many of the same new features as one built today. Despite the Tesla’s teething problems at launch, our subscriber reports showed average reliability. The Model S is a technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range, wrapped in a luxury package."

Reliability rating was only 3 out of 5.

oildeathspiral | February 24, 2015


The category wasn't best "mass affordable car".

People who can afford a Tesla are consumers too.

jordanrichard | February 24, 2015

Was "affordable to the mass consumer a criteria"?

You would then also have say the same about the A6. What is the definition of "affordable to the mass market".

Don't get me wrong, yes the Model S is expensive, but to put CR down as not knowing what they are doing.......

Tropopause | February 24, 2015

It's nice to have an American car company that is getting noticed world-wide by consumers and competitors alike.

Captain_Zap | February 24, 2015


I didn't like the Consumer Reports car reviews in the past because my cars were never even considered for the list even though I thought they were great cars. They were considered too expensive. At least they will now include brands like Porsche and BMW.

A car for the average consumer is the ultimate goal for Tesla and we will be there soon.

I cancelled my subscription for Consumer Reports when they would only let me continue my subscription if I signed up for their automatic renewal program. That is a business tactic that is dangerous for the consumer and quite hypocritical. If they would just let me pay for several years in advance and let me renew when it is time, I'd continue to give out subscriptions as holiday gifts. It is now over 10 years worth of multiple subscriptions they have missed out on with this single consumer because of their change to the automatic renewal system.

logicalthinker | February 24, 2015

@Tropopause you hit the nail on the head.

And interesting screenname. Bioengineer?

logicalthinker | February 24, 2015

ouch, I just showed my ignorance.

Mike83 | February 24, 2015

Great news. By far the MS is the safest, faster family car, more storage space than an Explorer, maintenance costs tiny, fun to drive, and on and on. Over time ,with such a durable vehicle, the cost difference for a top line ICE vehicle negates the initial upfront costs. Kind of like my PV system which after initial costs gives free electric(about 6.5 years in my case).
I will not buy an ICE ever again.

1BadNerd | February 24, 2015

From the CR article:

"Covered storage for hiding valuables is scarce in the Tesla. A "drop-in" center console accessory, coming summer 2013, fills the floor storage space and provides covered storage and additional cup holders. Oddly, the giant center console doesn't open."

Of course, their write up is from their 2013 report. Everything is the same, including the wait for the center console! :-)

Opafiets | February 24, 2015

Interesting though that Best Green is a Prius and Sport Sedan is a Buick Regal. Seems both of these s/b Model S. Was there an upper cost limit on these?

Also interesting that Tesla is not listed in the Top 10 manufacturers which does not appear to be based on any sales/revenue numbers.

Wilber | February 24, 2015

5 hours?

Does anyone know why Consumer reports says it takes 5 hours to fully charge? Are they clueless about superchargers?

Perhaps the 'full review' says it better, but not being a subscriber i could only see their summary.

If CR has it wrong, how can we set them right?

Opafiets | February 24, 2015

@cmcnestt, thanks for that. Still struggling with that Buick Regal thing... :-)

Shesmyne2 | February 24, 2015

I say well done Tesla on so many levels for so many reasons.


Still Grinning ;-)

2050project | February 24, 2015

Here is the longer video overview (about 20 min) from CR that provides more insight into their picks including some more feedback on Tesla at the beginning of the segment:

Haggy | February 24, 2015

The article talked about their own usage and what consumers can expect. They mentioned superchargers elsewhere. They charged to 90% presumably, and documented the range they got under varying conditions and that was what they used to rate the range. They rated the time to charge as what it took to get from "empty" to 90%. They didn't say 90 specifically but they did mention range charges and how Tesla recommended against using them regularly so they used a standard charge.

Some of the review took content from 2013 and updated it, but left some old parts. There's one part that says it lacks ACC and the same section in the next paragraph mentions autopilot and how it lets the car keep its distance from the car in front of it.

There are also some outdated statements about sun visors and navigation. At least I'm assuming the car was that way when they wrote it.

Overall it gave a good feel for what an owner could expect. I don't agree with them on everything, and the parts about charging miss a few points. They list an 85 battery, dual chargers and a wall charger as pretty much necessities. I agree that 85 would be typical for most users, but considering that most people charge at home at night and don't start from 0, it would be rare for a person to exceed 8 hours. I have nothing against people charging faster and it's obviously a good choice for some people, but it would help consumers more to know that they would typically spend about 10 seconds a day plugging it in and unplugging it and not worry about charging at all for regular use.

AmpedRealtor | February 24, 2015

Cramer should stuff this into his cake hole.

Haggy | February 24, 2015

If not for Cramer, some other loud mouth would be ranting, and people would still be buying or selling stock based on what some guy said on TV and nothing else. These things might affect stock prices in the short term but not in the long term. People who are considering buying a car will hear far more positive things in the media.

The fact is that Tesla makes good cars. CR was able to test a car that wasn't all that much different from the one they had before, and find that it was even better than what they tested before. People who read CR believe it, and even people who don't go by what they say won't consider it a negative. Having every mainstream newscast mention the CR rating for even a few seconds means more than having Cramer rant about anything he wants.

jordanrichard | February 25, 2015

Keep in mind, though they named it their Top Pick, they still have that one car they bought for last year's review. They didn't go out and buy another Model S. In the video they even mention the P85D and ask viewers if they think CR should buy one of those. So though it does mislead potential owners, by describing the car they have, they are not wrong in describing the features/lack of features in their car.

Brian H | February 25, 2015

Tesla needs to introduce another model to qualify for a segment competition, apparently. So maybe a year after introducing the X? Wonder if CR has a reservation ...

eye.surgeon | February 25, 2015

Cramer's views have nothing to do with Consumer Reports love of the car. They're reviewing the car not the stock or the financials of the company.

It's astounding how well the Model S has done. For such a small and new company to win CR best car twice in a's literally unprecedented.