Consumer Reports gives high rank to Tesla’s Model S image

The good news concerning the California based electrical automaker just keep coming – the coveted Consumer Reports magazine has honored the Model S sedan with the ‘Best Overall’ rank.

Consumer Reports made Tesla’s Model S their best-reviewed car of the years, try healing in a close competition with Audi A6, Toyota Prius and BMW 328i – making it the first American car to earn the independent magazine’s “best overall” award.

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

According to the Yonkers, New York-based magazine’s annual auto issue, the Audi A6 won the title of best luxury sedan, while BMW’s 328i sedan was picked as the top sports sedan. Another US vehicle made it to the pick-up section – the Ram 1500 – which makes it a first for Chrysler, which last led one of the magazine’s 10 “top pick” categories back in 1998, with the Jeep grand Cherokee.

“Gone are the days when you could say buy a Japanese model, and it will be reliable,” said Rik Paul, automotive editor for Consumer Reports.

While the Japanese models usually dominated the top pick list, with around 70% wins since 1997, nowadays the competition has improved and some of the Japanese brands like Nissan and Honda are more inconsistent. Still, Toyota’s Prius got, for the 11th time in a row, the pick for best “green car.”

Via Bloomberg