If you thought that the love story between Consumer Reports and Tesla was over, you were wrong. The magazine published a top 10 list of the cars it tested in 2015 and the Tesla Model S somehow managed to get the first and second positions.
Consumer Reports lists the “Tesla Model S” as the second best car tested and the “Tesla Model S P85D” as the first. It is the only vehicle with two different versions on the list – both Mercedes and Audi have two cars on the list, but they are different models (E250-S550 and A8-A6).
The product review magazine announced earlier this year that its ratings system had to be modified because the P85D scored 103 out of 100. After changing the system, Tesla’s all-wheel drive performance vehicle achieved a perfect score of 100.
But just a few weeks later, the magazine stopped recommending the Model S because it scored below average on its reliability survey. Tesla CEO Elon Musk quickly took to Twitter to defend the company and said that most issues have been addressed and highlighted that by Consumer Reports’ own survey, 97% of Model S owners say they would definitely buy the Model S again.
And now there is this “The Best Cars of 2015” list, which is based on overall road test score
“Two Teslas on our Best of 2015 list? You betcha.”
Earlier this year, Consumer Reports tested a Model S with a MSRP of $89,650, which could be a well-equipped Model S 85. Later in the year, the magazine tested a Model S P85D.
The magazines tested two versions of the Model S separately this year and they both bested every other vehicle on the road test, which would explain why they are both on the list.