Tesla Model S Reliability Rated As “Average”

It’s been a little more than two years since the first Tesla Model S electric sedans were delivered to their owners, among them Consumer Reports. After gathering data from other Model S owners, Consumer Reports ranked the Tesla sedan as average when it comes to reliability.

In its initial review, the independent magazine gave the Tesla Model S a review score of 99/100, the best score in magazine’s history. CR loved everything the Model S had to offer, but like many early adopters, they have experienced a few growing pains that might be expected from any new car. Among the most common complaints are slow or non-functioning retractable door handles, as well as annoying squeaks and rattles, though other issues related to the battery and drivetrain have been solved by a retroactive “infinite mile” motor warranty.

While the average rating may not be a particularly strong talking point rating for Tesla fans, as it puts it behind other luxury competitors like the Audi A8, but ahead of the Mercedes-Benz S Class and Cadillac CTS. Consumer Reports also noted that newer Teslas have fewer problems, suggesting that the company is getting a handle on things. The average rating also lets the Model S keep its coveted “Recommended” rating.

With the Model X on deck, Elon Musk has to follow-up on of the most successful new car launches in recent memory, and hopefully the reliability issues won’t haunt the launch of this electric SUV.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.