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Published on December 31st, 2015 | by Steve Hanley

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Tesla Model S Highest Ranked Car Of 2015

December 31st, 2015 by  
 

Everyone who drives a Tesla Model S loves the car. Part of that is because of its elegant, nearly silent ride. Part of it is its exciting performance. And part of that is because it is just so nice to look at. In its end of the year Best Cars Of 2105 rankings, Consumer Reports like the Tesla Model S so much, it awarded it two spots in the top ten — one for the entry level version of the car, the 70D and another time for the mighty P85D. According to Tree Hugger, CR says, “Two Teslas on our Best of 2015 list? You betcha. We didn’t think it was possible, but the 691-hp P85D wowed us even more than the base model Tesla S.”

Tesla Model S

All that Consumer Reports comes as a bit of a surprise, since the organization removed the Model S from its list of recommended cars just a month ago, citing too many reliability issues. Most of those concerns centered on the number of electric drive motors the company has replaced, especially on cars built in 2012 and 2013. Elon Musk responded that the manufacturing process has been upgraded and that the company expects its most recent drive motors will have a useful life of 1,000,000 miles or more.

Others also rate the Model S highly. Says Inside EVs, Autosaur takes the rankings from four automotive news sites —  Edmunds, Car and Driver, CNET, and The Car Connection — and averages them to come up with an overall score. Once again, the Tesla Model S led the pack with an average score of 97 out of 100. The Mazda 6 and Mazda 3 were ranked second and third overall. The worst rated car was the Smart fortwo, which garnered a miserable ranking of only 41 out of 100. Probably an excellent car to avoid if your shopping for a new ride right now.

No matter how you slice the numbers, the Tesla Model S consistently comes out on top. Making things even sweeter, Tesla owners report they are happier with the service they receive than the owners of any other brand, including Lexus, Mercedes, Audi, and BMW. A top ranked car backed by top ranked service? No wonder Tesla owners are so full of praise for their cars and the company that Musk built.

 


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I have been a car nut since the days when Rob Walker and Henry N. Manney, III graced the pages of Road & Track. Today, I use my trusty Miata for TSD rallies and occasional track days at Lime Rock and Watkins Glen. If it moves on wheels, I'm interested in it. Please follow me on Google + and Twitter.



  • sagebrushnw

    Why do you use a photo of any early prototype instead of the production Model S?

    • Steve Hanley

      Probably because my editor is an idiot, Sagebrush! Oh, wait…..I chose that picture. : – ) Never mind. I changed it for ya!

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