Elon Musk has officially raised the bar for the automotive industry.
Tesla walked away with one of the highest endorsements ever — Consumer Reports gave the Model S P85D sedan the highest rating ever, at 103, shattering the ceiling of its 100-point rating system.
“The all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85D sedan performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system,” writes Consumer Reports in its online announcement.
“The P85D is brutally quick, with instant acceleration,” they added. “The car’s thrust is forceful and immediate. Its near-instant g-forces can otherwise be achieved only by leaping off a building—literally.”
CR cites the Tesla’s “insane mode” and acceleration from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds as a highlight of the machine, though adding that its six-figure price tag is a hindrance to the mainstream market. Tesla has plans for the lower-cost Model 3, priced around $35,000, to be out around 2018.
However, Consumer Reports includes a “pros and cons” list, and it’s not all roses for Tesla. In addition to its price, cons also include plotting out your drive range (since not everywhere has chargers), a drop in performance in colder climates, and a lack of luxury gadgets like massaging seats “you’d expect in a car at this price.”
Still, those cons seem easily outweighed by the benefits of owning one, if you can afford it, the largest of which is not being dependent on gasoline.
Tesla owners seem to think so, too: Consumer Reports states that 98 percent of Tesla owners would buy one again.
Watch the Consumer Reports video below: