Consumer Reports Gives Tesla Model S Highest Score Ever

Pricey plug-in vehicle gets 99 out of 100

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2013 1:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – The hype around Tesla's Model S got a big shot in the arm today courtesy of Consumer Reports, which is giving the car a whopping 99 out of 100, tied for the highest score the famously demanding magazine has ever given. In fact, CR director Jake Fisher tells Jalopnik that the car actually (somehow) scored 110 out of 100, but they docked it 10% because of the logistical issues that still exist for plug-in cars.

Fisher says the only other car to ever receive a 99—the 2007 Lexus LS—can't begin to compete with the Model S. "It's what Marty McFly might have brought back in place of his DeLorean in Back to the Future," the magazine gushes; it's "brimming with innovation," has "impressive attention to detail," runs incredibly quietly, yet has power and performance "that will make many sports cars weep with envy." The only downsides were a long charging time and a somewhat obscured rear window, USA Today reports. Also of note: The model tested sells for about $90,000.

A Tesla Model S drives outside the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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