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Tesla Hits the Top of the Market for 2014 According to Consumer Reports

last updated March 19, 2014 by

tesla-model-s_100413300_l2013 and 2014 have been two big years for the electric car company Tesla. Consumer Reports has just announced that the top pick for the year on a new vehicle is the Tesla Model S. Here’s a quote of their testing requirements:

  • “Test performance. Each must rank at or near the top of its class in our overall test score.
  • Reliability. Each must have an average or better reliability Rating, based on the problems our subscribers reported on 1.1 million vehicles in our latest Annual Auto Survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
  • Safety. Top Picks must perform adequately if included in crash or rollover tests conducted by the government or insurance industry.”

The innovative Tesla S was not only top of the list but was placed into the “Best Overall” category for styling, handling, and luxury. Surprisingly, the high ticket price for one of these cars has not deterred buyers either with over 5000 units sold in Q2 of 2013.

This is a big step for the most successful electric car company of all time. Here’s some points belabored by Consumer Reports on the vehicles history up to present day:

  • Despite having a high price point of $89,650 the electric car company has done an excellent job of marketing their product direct to consumers by focusing on the savings that the vehicle incurs annually.
  • The fact that the company is seeing a continued increase in sales and productivity is case and point to the fact that the mindset of people is beginning to convert to see the need for green cars instead of conventional fuel.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the other vehicles they included in their list:

  • BEST OVERALL: Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan ($89,650).
  • MIDSIZE SEDAN: Honda Accord with four-cylinder engine ($23,270).
  • COMPACT CAR: Subaru Impreza (sedan, $21,345; hatchback $22,345).
  • GREEN CAR: Toyota Prius ($26,750).
  • LUXURY CAR: Audi A6 ($56,295).
  • SPORTS SEDAN: BMW 328i ($43,195).
  • SMALL SUV: Subaru Forester ($26,814).
  • MIDSIZE SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe ($36,290).
  • MINIVAN: Honda Odyssey ($36,830).
  • PICKUP TRUCK: Ram 1500 ($42,810).

Take a step back and look at 2008 when the economy crashed and Tesla first started becoming popular. The timing was off but the foundation was set. As the economy has started to come back we are seeing a growing demand for green vehicles that may change our futures forever… only time will tell.