Tesla Model S, the highest rating in Consumer Reports Test Drive

The Tesla Model S electric car, received the highest rating in the Test Drive of the independent magazine Consumer Reports with 99 of 100 possible points, the first model with that score in six years.

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With a base price (manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, MSRP) of $ 89.650, the Tesla Model S manufacturer based in Palo Alto, California, had a better or equal to any car overall performance – of any kind-ever tested Consumer Reports experts.

The Tesla Model S is loaded with technological innovations, “said Jake Fisher, Director of Automotive Testing Consumer Reports.” Accelerates, moves and stops like a sports car, has handling and quiet cabin of a luxury car and is more efficient that hybrids the best. ”

The last time Consumer Reports experts gave such a high rating to a car was in 2007, when tested the Lexus LS 460L.

For starters, the Tesla Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, which with its handling, compared to the models of Porsche and its cabin is so quiet and luxurious like an Audi.

The Consumer Reports tested model was equipped with a lithium-ion battery of 85-kWh, which according to its experts have the time to recharge and independence more industry practices.

In comparison, the Ford Focus Electric and Nissan LEAF, have only independence of between 75 and 80 miles per full battery charge, while the Tesla Model S is closer to 200 miles.

During testing of Consumer Reports, your Vario independence between 180 and 225 miles per charge, depending on weather conditions, and its performance was the equivalent of 84 miles per gallon of gasoline.

As for cost per charge, Consumer Reports said it was $ 9 (the national average of 11 cents per kWh), equivalent to a cost of $ 1.20 per gallon in a car with a gasoline engine.

Experts from Consumer Reports found some – very few-things against the Model S.

For example, they noted the range of independence compared to gasoline-powered cars, the battery recharge time, the poor visibility to the rear and access to the second row of seats.

Another concern was the lack of general infrastructure for recharging, the lack of data regarding reliability, resale value and dealer network for service and maintenance.

For these and other reasons such as lack of data on battery reliability and official crash tests, Consumer Reports can not recommend the purchase of the Model S, under its own criteria.

The complete results of the Test Drive the Tesla Model S will appear in the edition of Consumer Reports goes on sale on May 30.

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