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Tesla Model S Takes Top Score from Consumer Reports

According to Consumer Reports, the top scoring car model in the world is the Tesla Model S, which is really saying something, considering how recently electric cars have entered the market.

“The Tesla Model S takes everything you know about cars and stands it on its head.” – Consumer Reports

While the reviewers did take issue with the price ($60 to $94,000 USD) and the time needed to recharge it (five hours), it seems as if the Model S is their dream car:

“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? With the 85 kWh battery, the largest available, it can go between 180 and 225 miles on a charge, depending on the weather. That’s about twice as far as any other electric car. With optional equipment, it can be charged from empty in as little as five hours. Performance all-around is exceptional, with short stops, a superb ride, and an eerily hushed cabin. Almost all controls are done through a quick and capable iPad-like center screen.” – CR

Considering that Consumer Reports takes no money or products for their reviews (they paid for their own model for the review), when they rate a car at 99 out of 100, it certainly has some weight, and this review may be the single most potent free advertising that Tesla could ever hope for.

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