The 2015 Tesla Model S P85D is officially the highest-rated vehicle ever tested by Consumer Reports. In fact, it's so good, it actually broke the magazine's rating system, achieving 103 points on a 100-point scale. The reviewers call the sedan "a glimpse into the future of the auto industry." They actually had to re-evaluate their criteria to give the EV a maximum score.
The P85D excelled in everything CR threw at it. With a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds, the EV was the quickest vehicle they've tested, though slightly less than the insane promise. At 87 mpge, the sedan was also even more efficient than the previously tested regular 85-kWh model. Things were so amazing that CR has lowered the drawbridge on the website's pay wall to let anyone check out the full ratings.
While the score is perfect, CR still spots a few areas where the P85D can improve. First, the nearly $128,000 price makes the sedan the most expensive vehicle ever tested by the magazine. For the large sum, the reviewers wanted for a little more in the way of tech and comfort – ventilated seats, for example. They would also like some more nobs and buttons on the dashboard. Plus, the car locked the driver out once.
The last car to receive such effusive praise from the magazine was also a Tesla Model S, when it scored 99 points in 2013. The P85D offered just the right upgrades to earn the ultimate score. Listen to CR's full thoughts about the EV in the clip, above.
SOURCE: Consumer Reports, Consumer Reports (YouTube)
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