Tesla Model S leads Consumer Reports satisfaction survey

Consumer Reports is out with its annual car owner satisfaction survey, and the clear winner is Tesla’s Model S sedan. The Palo Alto-based maker of all-electric vehicles earned a 98 percent approval score, compared to the overall average of 70 percent across the 280 models included in the CR survey.

Subscribers were asked if they would get the same car all over again, and to consider attributes such as styling, comfort, features, cargo space, fuel economy, maintenance and repair costs, overall value, and driving dynamics. Owners of a sporty, luxurious, or fuel-efficient hybrid or electric- or diesel-powered vehicle were most likely to answer “definitely yes,” according to Consumer Reports.

“With a single model that checks all of those boxes, Tesla Motors has built a rabid following since the car’s 2012 launch, reflected in 98 percent of Model S owners saying they would definitely purchase it again. Not only is the Tesla roomy, comfortable, and a lot of fun to drive, but it also has low operating costs—returning the equivalent of 84 mpg (a consolation, of sorts, for the car’s $90,000-plus price),” says Consumer Reports.

Tesla’s Model S sedan.


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