Tesla’s Model S Electric Model Named Best Car

Consumer Reports magazine has lauded the Tesla Model S as the best car tested since 2007 — awarding a 99 out of 100 score, the highest given to any automobile.

Tesla-Model-S-dashThe electric sedan outperformed every other car model this year across all categories including:

Interior

The publication likens the interior of the Tesla Model S to an automobile Marty McFly could have brought “back from the future.” The 17-inch touch screen within the dashboard controls a wide range of modern-marvels including Google Earth maps, expansive sunroof, brake responsiveness settings, and suspension ride height. Plus, rather than seating the customary five passengers, a third-row jump seat allows for the total accommodation of seven.

Performance

Consumer Reports was blown away by the  car’s electric motor’s power, which it notes as “impressively efficient.” Amazingly, the Tesla Model S uses half the energy of a Toyota Prius every mile and offers twice the range of all electric cars tested.

2012-tesla-model-s-fdThe noted limitation of the car is the need to plan for spontaneous road trips. Without the help of Tesla’s optional High Power Wall Connector (which fully charges the vehicle in four hours), a standard 240-volt electric-car charger takes about 12 hours.

Acceleration

The Model S jumps off the line from 0 to 60 in just 5.6 seconds. What is even more impressive is that the sedan is the quietest car the magazine has tested since the Lexus LS 460L in 2007.

Economy

Tesla-Model-S-interiorThe Tesla Model S starts at about $70,000 and goes 200 miles on a single charge, which is quite impressive given that the average electric car goes between 75 to 80 miles on a charge.

When compared to gas powered vehicles, the Tesla achieves an equivalent of 84 miles per gallon of gas. It is estimated that a single electricity charge is $9, which equates to $1.20 a gallon.

In theory, the extra money spent on the Tesla is made up over a period of time in fuel costs.

The following is a review of the Tesla Model S:

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