Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA): Consumer Reports Officially Recommends The Model S

Posted Oct 29, 2013

We already knew that the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S was named as the vehicle that outscored every other car in the Consumer Reports Ratings.  However, Consumer Reports recently gave the car a check-mark as a recommendation.  It was not given a recommendation before because Consumer Reports did not have enough reliability data on the Model S then.  The Model S is now officially Consumer Reports Recommended, which is an extremely competitive list.

The Tesla Model S is not perfect, but no one has reported any problems with the Model S electric drive system or with the touch screen inside the cabin.  The only problems that have been reported has been squeaks, rattles, sunroof issues, and door lock issues.  The reliability rating for the Model S was average, but that was combined with the car’s extremely well test scores.  This is why it earned a recommendation.

The Model S received a score of 99 out of a 100 in the performance tests, which ties for the highest score that any car has ever received.  It would have received a higher score, except that it has to be recharged on long trips.  The Model S has a driving range at between 208 and 265 miles.

Tesla’s gain at Toyota’s loss.  Consumer Reports removed the Toyota Camry, Toyota RAV4, and Toyota Prius V from their list of recommended cars because they did poorly in an insurance industry crash test.  The Audi A4 was also removed from the list.

“Now that more than 50 vehicles have gone through that test, our engineers feel we cannot recommend a vehicle that has a poor safety rating on a crash test,” stated Consumer Reports spokesman C. Matt Fields. “Those four have been tested and retested, and they don’t score well.”

[Source: CNN/LA Times]