The Tesla Model S.
Consumer Reports just published its review of the 2013 Tesla Model S, and it gave the electric car a 99 out of 100 — higher than any other car it has tested.
The independent, consumer-oriented magazine called the Model S "truly a remarkable car," despite its high price tag (it tested the version with the largest available battery, for $89,650) and the range limitations that make it impractical for spontaneous long trips.
The company now expects to deliver 21,000 cars in 2013, up from a previous goal of 20,000.
In its review, Consumer Reports wrote that the Tesla S became the top-scoring car "even though it's an electric car. In fact, it does so because it is electric."
According to Jalopnik editor Matt Hardigree, the car's score was originally a 110 out of 100. He wrote:
I spoke with CR's Jake Fisher who explained to me that the car actually scored 110 out of a 100-point scale, but that because of the limitations still inherent in owning an electric car (range, access to charging) they regularly subtract about 10% from a car's score.
The Model S review praised the car's balance, handling, comfort, roominess, and control system, while noting visibility, early technical problems, and high price as demerits.
Here's part of the review's summary:
The Tesla Model S takes everything you know about cars and stands it on its head. It's a very agile, super-quick electric luxury sedan (with a hatchback!) that seats seven and gets the equivalent of 84 mpg. Got your attention yet?
The magazine has not always been so kind to EVs. In January, it slammed the Mitsubishi i-MiEV , calling it "a glorified golf cart of limited use."
Read the full review at Consumer Reports (requires a subscription).
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