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Published on March 1st, 2014 | by Robyn Purchia


Tesla Model S Named Best Overall Car of the Year

March 1st, 2014 by  

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The Tesla Model S has had a good month. Research firm Strategic Vision reported that the Model S is the most-loved car in America. And now Consumer Reports has named the Tesla Model S “Best Overall” car of the year — quite an accomplishment for a vehicle with less than two years on the market.

Consumer Reports already raved about the Model S when it released the road test last May. Momentarily abandoning its conservative nature, the magazine said that the Tesla S may be the best car it ever tested and that the Model S “takes everything you know about cars and stands it on its head.” While Consumer Reports was reluctant to recommend the car then, it has apparently come around.

“It’s truly a groundbreaking car,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of auto testing who oversaw this year’s review of 260 vehicles, said in an interview. “You get into it, and it really stands out. It’s the very best car I’ve ever driven.”

The Model S beat the Audi A6, Toyota Prius, and BMW 328i, becoming the first U.S. car to receive a “best overall” pick. The magazine praised the Tesla’s “blistering acceleration, razor-sharp handling, compliant ride” as well as its roomy, flexible interior which can seat up to seven people, provided two are small children.

But the recent praise surrounding the Model S, does not mean that the road ahead will be easy for Tesla Motors and Elon Musk.

“The competition in the marketplace has grown fierce. There was a time when a handful of brands dominated our Top Picks list, but in recent years we’ve seen a more diverse group make the cut,” said Rik Paul, Consumer Reports’ automotive editor.

More competition and a higher-company standard could explain why Tesla has decided to delay the anticipated Model X. Production of the all-electric SUV was recently pushed back until 2015 with Musk admitting that it’s “damn hard to make an SUV. . . that is beautiful yet incredibly functional at the same time.”

According to, “the pressure is on Tesla to follow up the universally lauded Model S with an equally exceptional vehicle, and Musk knows it. It’s better to delay a design than to roll out a half-baked product.”

Let’s hope Musk isn’t too afraid of his own shadow.



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  • Jo Borras

    Hey, you’re back! Didn’t we perma-ban you for being a psycho crazy-pants? Yes, we did!

    OK, go away now. Go play. Be a good psycho crazy-pants. Atta boy- who’s a good psycho crazy-pants? Who’s a good crazy-pants? Good boy! Now, go- far, far away and never come back.

  • J_JamesM

    Did a negligent Tesla fire kill your father or something?

    Oh, no, wait, nobody’s ever died in one.

  • egogg

    So just to be clear, you did ban Jimbo, right? What a moron.

  • Turbofroggy

    Why don’t you just delete the entire post? In fact you could just put in a keyword that auto-deletes this jackasses posts since he just copy-pastes in the same dribble each time.

  • Jo Borras

    That was my understanding of the situation.

  • Jo Borras

    While agree that your suggestion is far and away the more professional, “adult” thing to do, isn’t making fun of him better?

  • Turbofroggy

    Your right. I am sure he is very angry and jealous of people who can buy Tesla. He gazes upon a 1980s Lambo poster in his Mom’s basement and types away feverously as his 1992 Civic rusts in the driveway next to his Mom’s minivan. His pizza pocket stained hands and mysteriously sticky keyboard is barely visible in the darkness. As he ponders his job at Chick-A-filet, he stews in his own putrid juices wondering what went wrong his sad little life.

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