Getting awards seems to be the norm for Tesla Motors. For 2015, its Tesla Model S was voted as the “Best Overall” in 2015 according to Consumer Reports.
This was the second consecutive year that Consumer Reports has given this distinction to this particular Tesla car model.
Consumer Reports stated that among the impressive new vehicles unveiled in 2014, none was able to overshadow the innovation, sheer technological arrogance and excellence of the Tesla. This is the reason why the review organization chose this car as their best overall pick for two years in a row.
The review proceeded to make good comments about the capability of the Tesla Model S to update itself by adding new features.
Normally, car models become obsolete because newer models are launched in the market. These new models have more stylish appearance and updated gizmos.
However, with Tesla cars equipped with over-the-air software updates, a Model S which was introduced in 2013 has many features that those newer cars of other car makers are just coming out with today.
There are some limitations, though, to Tesla cars’ capability. A case for instance is: a Model S built prior to mid-2014 is not equipped with a number of sensors and cameras needed so that adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and electronic safety systems could be integrated into the car’s system.
According to Consumer Reports, as more data were collected, the Model S “showed average reliability” as soon as “teething problems at launch” has been dealt with satisfactorily.
As such, the magazine gave a positive evaluation of Tesla’s electric luxury sport sedan by calling it “a technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range, wrapped in a luxury package.”
Consumer Reports also noted in its article that Tesla Model S buyers were more satisfied with their newly bought cars than those of other car makers, whether they are diesel, gasoline or plug-in cars.
The magazine also rated the company’s service experience as the best among carmakers. It based its assessment on the accumulated customer experience with getting their cars fixed, updated, or repaired by service centers operated by Tesla Motors.
In the same vein, the market-research firm Strategic Vision gave the same distinction to the Model S as the most-loved new car on sale in the U.S for the second year in a row.
The research company’s New Vehicle Experience Study asked consumers to rate their plug-in cars, with “I Love It” as the most positive response.
The survey was conducted on 534,000 owners of the Model S. Of all the respondents, an amazing 92 percent of the owners ticked the “love it” box. So far, this is the highest percentage of any vehicle covered in the survey.
Those who say they love their vehicles are seven times more likely to be avid supporters of the brand compared to those who are merely “satisfied.”
Aside from the Model S, the Chevrolet Volt also got a high ranking. It placed second in the mainstream model category. These rankings can mean more for carmakers than just confirmation. It could mean that they’re doing things correctly.
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