Tesla Model S Named Consumer Reports Best Car for Second Straight Year

The Tesla Model S has once again been named the best overall new car by Consumer Reports. 

With an overall score of 99/100, the Model S retains its overall crown for the second straight year, just edging out the BMW M235i which earned a score of 98. “For all of the impressive new vehicles released in 2014, none was able to eclipse the innovation, magnificence, and sheer technological arrogance of the Tesla,” says the report. “That’s why it’s our best overall pick for the second consecutive year.”

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Consumer Reports lauds Tesla’s over-the-air software updates for allowing a 2013 Model S to have access to many of the same features as a brand new model. Despite having some teething problems when the cars were brand new, Consumer Reports subscribers give the Model S an average reliability rating of three out of five.

Owner satisfaction for the Model S also tops the luxury car segment with 98 percent of owners saying that they would definitely buy a Tesla Model S again.

On the negative side, Consumer Reports dings the Model S for having long charge times, some awkward controls and poor visibility.

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