Tesla Modes S Is Consumer Reports’ Top Auto Pick

The Tesla Model S all-electric sedan was named Consumer Reports’ Best Overall Pick for 2014 in a top that analyzes vehicle performance, reliability and safety. CR praised the car’s innovative features and driving range, but criticized its pricey sticker.
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“The Tesla is brimming with innovation. Its massive, easy-to-use 17-inch touch screen controls most functions. And with its totally keyless operation, full Internet access, and ultra-quiet, zero-emission driving experience, the Tesla is a glimpse into a future where cars and computers coexist in seamless harmony. Its 225-mile driving range and 5-hour charges, using Tesla’s special connector, also make it the easiest, most practical, albeit pricey, electric car to live with,” Consumer Reports had to say about the sedan.

CR tested a Model S priced at $89,650. The electric sedan can be ordered from $62,400 with a 60 kWh battery and from $72,400 with the 85 kWh. The P85 performance model starts at $85,900.

This is not the first award given to the Palo Alto-developed EV. Last year, the Tesla Model S topped the organization’s Owner Satisfaction ratings, receiving 99 out of 100 points - CR’s highest score.

Consumer Reports also revealed its 2014 Top Picks in nine other vehicle categories:

Subaru Forester - small SUV
Honda Accord - midsize sedan
Subaru Impreza - compact car
Hyundai Santa Fe - midsize SUV
Toyota Prius - green car
Ram 1500 - pickup truck
Audi A6 - luxury
BMW 328i - sports sedan
Honda Odyssey - minivan
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