Earlier this month, Consumer Reports announced that the Tesla Model S had scored the highest in its automobile test ratings with a near-perfect score of 99/100. In fact, the pure electric sedan has achieved the highest score that Consumer Reports has ever given a vehicle (with the exception of the Lexus LS460 in 2009, which also achieved a score of 99/100).

In addition to snagging a top spot on the Consumer Reports automobile test ratings, the Model S has also received several other prestigious awards, including the Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year award, the Automobile Magazine’s 2013 Automobile of the Year award, the Green Car Reports’ Best Car to Buy award, and the 2013 World Green Car award.

Consumer Reports lists numerous reasons why the Tesla Model S achieved a near-perfect score, and is—in their own words—”a truly remarkable car.”

Firstly, Consumer Reports stresses that the car achieves good balance, despite boasting an 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack under its floor. The magazine also describes the vehicle’s handling as “excellent” and as achieving the perfect balance between driving like a luxury car and a sports car.

“It accelerates, handles and brakes like a sports car. It has the ride and quietness of a luxury car and is far more energy-efficient than the best hybrid cars,” said Jake Fisher, the director of Automotive Testing for Consumer Reports, in a statement.


The Tesla Model S, which boasts the greatest range of any pure electric car on the market, received a record-high score of 99/100 on the Consumer Reports automobile test ratings this May. Credit: Tesla Motors.

The Model S also happens to boast the greatest range of any pure electric car on the market, with an EPA-certified range of up to 265 miles on a single charge. In the Consumer Reports’ test, the vehicle achieved a range of about 200 miles, which is double the range of a Coda all-electric sedan. In addition, the fuel economy of the Model S is rated at 89 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).

The Model S is spacious, with room to seat up to seven passengers if the vehicle owner wishes to add an optional third row. The car also features generous cargo space in both the front of the car (where an internal combustion engine would typically be), and in the trunk of the car.

Consumer Reports describes the interior of the vehicle as luxurious, with a 17-inch touch screen installed on the center of the dashboard to control everything from regenerative braking to opening the vehicle’s sunroof.

In fact, Consumer Reports’ only reservations about the Model S center on the fact that it cannot necessarily drive long distances across the country. While Tesla Motors has mitigated this concern by installing a network of Supercharging stations from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, up and down California, and between Boston and Washington DC, it is true that the network does not extend across the Midwest.

The Model S also takes about 12 hours to fully charge using a standard 240-volt electric car charger, and even if a customer purchased Tesla Motors’ optional High Power Wall Connector—at $1,200—the charge could take up to 5 hours to complete.

Overall, however, Consumer Reports’ description of the Tesla Model S is nothing short of glowing.

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