Posted on December 29, 2015 by Matt Pressman
Consumer Reports* (CR) just published their "Best Cars of 2015" Top 10 List. The criteria for this elite list? CR explains: "These models outperformed, outscored, and outclassed their competitors, demonstrating all-round excellence. Common among these all-stars are benchmark acceleration, braking, and handling performance, with superior comfort and convenience to boot. Simply put, these are cars we’d love to own." But wait... Tesla has two cars on Consumer Reports Top 10 Best Cars of 2015 List? Well... yes. We'll explain.
It turns out that the Tesla Model S was reviewed twice in 2015 -- for both the "base" model and the souped up Tesla P85D later in the year. So, amazingly, two Tesla Model S vehicles swept the top two spots in Consumer Reports' rankings. Who else made the list? Here are the official rankings below...
Yes, Mercedes and Audi both placed twice, but, these were for different cars altogether. CR actually gave the same car, in two different variants, the highest prize. When discussing the Tesla Model S "base" model CR explains: "Look past its slick styling, futuristic controls, rapid-fire acceleration, and superb handling, and you’ve still got a car that gets the equivalent of 84 mpg... few cars have dazzled more." And, when awarding the number one spot to the P85D, CR raves: "Two Teslas on our Best of 2015 list? You betcha. We didn’t think it was possible... delivering 1.02 g's of horizontal accelerative force in less than a quarter-second. No other street-legal car can achieve that. The hot rod P85D has the same range as the standard 85-kilowatt version and still provides pinpoint handling, and a firm yet comfortable ride."
Consumer Reports has a long history of recognition with the Tesla Model S. And, considering that the Tesla Model S P85D actually broke Consumer Reports ratings system, we're not surprised the car left all others in the dust. In closing, CR reports: "Our subscribers rate the Tesla Model S as the most satisfying car in our survey. Considering this model’s otherworldly performance, well, that’s not shocking."
*Source/Images: Consumer Reports