Consumer Reports names Tesla Model S its top pick in 2014 auto survey; Lexus is top brand

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 25, 2014 - 1:28 PM

DETROIT — The Tesla Model S electric sedan is Consumer Reports' top pick in this year's automotive survey.

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kleindropperFeb. 25, 1412:10 PM

I assume the 225 mile range is with no heat, radio or lights? What happens after the 225 miles? So a trip to Fargo becomes an overnighter to let the car charge? What a joke!

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kleindropperFeb. 25, 1412:16 PM

OK, I went to the Tesla site, and the max speed you can input is 70 mph and the lowest outside temp you can estimate is 0F. At these extremes the range goes to 180 miles (and I'm guessing you'll have to keep your winter coat on during your drive) This is probably not a car for colder climates, or for people who need to get anywhere. Nice toy though.

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mrknowitallFeb. 25, 1412:24 PM

A "top pick" and also extremely affordable at only $90,000. Nice!

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stripeFeb. 25, 1412:40 PM

Tell us how it's a joke Kleindropper. You buy a 90K car you are going to have fun with it and keep it sheltered, not drive to Fargo in the cold. What a laugh.

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subotai1Feb. 25, 1412:45 PM

Haters are going to hate. If you don't get it, it does not mean its a bad car. It just means, its not for you.

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bigtruck74Feb. 25, 1412:46 PM

For $90K I'd hope it did well in the tests. What cars rounded out the top 3- the Maybach 57 and the Koenigsegg Agera R? Maybe Consumer Reports should change their name to "Reports for the 1% Consumer."

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QbikerFeb. 25, 1412:52 PM

For those uninformed about cars, Motor Trend selected the Tesla S it's Car of the Year award for 2013 (last year). The Tesla S represents a major milestone in Electric vehicles. Of course only the 1% wealthy could probably afford one, but that's not the point. Please read the Consumer Reports article AND the Motor Trend article for their criteria before passing judgment. I'm happy for Tesla and I hope within 5-10 years or sooner there will be more affordable electric vehicles.

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bigtruck74Feb. 25, 14 1:19 PM

You'd expect the Tesla S to be in Motor Trend, which is a glossy mag for guys to flip through and dream. I subscribe to Consumer Reports. For them to spend $90K on a Tesla out of a budget supported by subscription fees & newsstand purchases is a huge waste of money. Nobody buys a $90K toy just because it got a good review in Consumer Reports.

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Truckman182Feb. 25, 14 1:26 PM

Wasn't the Chevy Volt also named car of the year a few years back?

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kleindropperFeb. 25, 14 1:31 PM

RE:"Tell us how it's a joke Kleindropper" - The joke is that a stylized $90,000 golf cart is tagged as a top "consumer" car. What "consumer" are they targeting with this thing?

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