Consumer Reports Gives Tesla Model S Highest Score Ever
Pricey plug-in vehicle gets 99 out of 100
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 9, 2013 1:35 PM CDT
A Tesla Model S drives outside the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(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.

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MTnative
May 10, 2013 3:01 PM CDT
I just checked and the car can be picked up for closer to $70k And when you subtract some of the other things like not having to buy gas or all of those other quickly worn out engine parts from the cost of ownership it comes down quite a bit. It's still a luxury vehicle so when you compare it to type it needs to be compared to other cars in the luxury sport class and the cost of ownership to a Jaguar, Mercedes or a Porsche can run you up to $210k over a 5 year span. Now paying that $10k for batteries doesn't seem so bad. But as a rule of thumb if the car costs more than your house you're never going to own Any of these cars anyway. Complaining about the cars range or the battery life is just sour grapes if you'd have to pay the owner just to take a picture standing beside it. ;).
sarasotaguy
May 10, 2013 1:41 PM CDT
isn't this the same company the government bailed out (along with most of the others)...and most still haven't totally paid back their loans? Costing the tax payers billions? If the government loaned me a billion dollars with no or little interest....I bet I can make something nice too... CR really should have mentioned it is totally out of reach for most Americans (avg US income is still around 40k a year; even less in most non-east west coast cities). This country is so screwed up.
Tology
May 10, 2013 8:18 AM CDT
They should consider affordability and deduct a point for every dollar over $30,000.