Tesla Model S is No. 1 on Consumer Reports’ top 10 list

For the second year in a row, Tesla’s Model S has snagged the No. 1 spot on Consumer Reports’ 10 Top Picks.

“It has moved the needle so dramatically,” said Mark Rechtin, the magazine’s autos editor, according to Bloomberg. “Nothing is usurping it. It accomplishes everything people wanted in an electric car.”

Consumer Reports also praised Tesla’s over-the-air software updates for helping keep the car feeling fresh: “A Model S that came off the line in 2013 has many of the same new features as one built today.”

The test Model S scored 99 out of 100 and got 3 out of 5 for reliability. It cost $89,650 and got 84 mpg.

Three of the magazine’s 10 Top Picks for 2015 were made in America. Besides the Model S, which is made in Fremont, the others are General Motors’ Buick Regal and the Chevrolet Impala.

Here’s the top 10:

Best Overall: Tesla Model S
Luxury Car: Audi A6
Sports Sedan: Buick Regal
Midsized Sedan: Subaru Legacy
Large Car: Chevrolet Impala
Green Car: Toyota Prius
Compact Car: Subaru Impreza
Small SUV: Subaru Forester
Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander
Minivan: Honda Odyssey

In another honor for the Model S, it also topped the Consumer Reports satisfaction survey late last year.


Photo of Model S by Patrick Tehan/Mercury News archives


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  • Tio Ricardo

    Driving a Tesla is like playing a Stradivarius with a Marshall Stack built-in.

  • Homer

    Too bad the company is headed for bankrupcy.

    • Patrick James Bayham

      my stock is doing fine, just bought a Tesla , basically for free, hows your farty ICE machine? 🙂

      • Homer

        Sure you did dreamer!

        • Patrick James Bayham


          • Homer

            Obviously you were.

          • Patrick James Bayham

            you obviously like yourself..projection,self-love,…..why doesn’t anyone want you?

          • Homer

            LOL! You’re not even making sense now. Give it up. Go back to work if you have anything to do there at Tesla!

          • Patrick James Bayham


  • Pfft

    Meh. CR was exposed as a complete fraud when they admitted giving Toyotas stellar quality marks without actually testing them. They’re biased and untrustworthy.

    • Homer

      I never trust them anymore, only fools do

  • MisterEman

    I wonder how they’ll rate their new home batteries a few months from now? Oh yeah, #1! There isn’t any competition there either. Can you say, “major disruption of the energy markets on the horizon”? If this is bankruptcy, give me more! Woo hoo!!!

  • ChiP

    I thought Tesla should be the best green car.

  • Ignacio Palomarez

    Hum, American designed and developemented in America. American made, on American soil, paying American wages to it’s American assemly line workers that live in the Bay Area of Northern California who in turn spend their money in the lower paying service sector, instead of having to work in the service sector as many do. Yes a green vehicle but even more important Tesla is a good neighbor! They are not shipping their blue collar work that is sorely needed here by to the people that migrate from all over China to Schenzen, where Foxconn has it’s encampments of 12 hours shifts, six days a week. That is the great thing about Tesla, they may not have 700 billion in the bank from exploiting the new mason dixon line but they know how to create well paying jobs from the top of their company to the bottom rung worker. That is not the case with Apple/Foxconn.

  • YoonYoungJo

    #1 out of not many options available isn’t saying much. $90k vehicles tend to get rave reviews.

    It’s like saying I placed 1st!! And there was only 1 racer.

  • DL2014

    This is the reason I stopped subscribing to CR years ago. To rate the Tesla the best without a proper statistical population of vehicles (or surveys) “on the road” compared to mass produced vehicles is silly.

    The Tesla Model S is the number one electric vehicle–no doubts there.
    Will the average consumer ever own one?
    Hopefully Tesla will make that happen in 2015!

  • bentoth

    84 mpg of what?