Tesla Model S, top pick in Consumer Reports survey image

Model S, the electric car being investigated for a possible recall, was the top-rated model for owner satisfaction in a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers, according to the magazine.

The luxury model, which starts at $70,000 and can cost more than $100,000, received a score of 99 out of a possible 100, the highest the magazine has seen in years, announced Consumer Reports. The car also earned a near-perfect score in the magazine’s own evaluation back in May.

“In testing, the Model S stands out for its innovative design, outstanding performance, and surprising practicality,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing. “These results suggest Tesla owners are very, very satisfied.”

The survey, which hinges on whether an owner would buy the car again, was done earlier in the year, before three Model S cars caught fire after driving over metal objects or crashing. Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has said there will “definitely” not be a recall of the Model S, and adjusted the software so the car won’t ride as low to the ground at highway speeds. U.S. safety officials have begun an investigation.

Should U.S. regulators reject Tesla’s software fix, they may order Palo Alto, California-based Tesla to install a thicker barrier of aluminum or a stronger metal in the Model S’s undercarriage. That would add cost and undermine Tesla’s claim to sell the safest U.S. car.

Via Bloomberg