Tesla’s all-wheel-drive Model S P85D might just be the best car on the planet, at least according to Consumer Reports. In fact, Tesla’s top of the line Model S performed so well during testing that it quite literally broke Consumer Reports’ testing scale, initially scoring 103 on a 100 point scale. Subsequently, the publication was forced to implement a few changes to its scoring scale just to account for the Model S.
Now we all know that the all-wheel-drive Model S is blazing fast and remarkably powerful. With Insane Mode enabled, it can go from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds flat. But it wasn’t just speed and acceleration that impressed Consumer Reports testers. The car performed exceedingly well across the board, with the publication highlighting improved handling and better braking than previous Model S units they tested.
Testers also came away impressed with some of the Model S’ added safety features:
Standard equipment — especially involving safety — has steadily increased over the years. Earlier versions lacked some technology expected at this price, including blind-spot, forward-collision, and lane-departure warning systems. This omission was corrected for 2015, with added active safety systems including forward-collision avoidance and lane-departure warning. Optional is Tesla’s Autopilot, which moves toward being a self-driving car. The system can automatically park the car on its own, retrieving it from its spot when desired. It can also monitor surrounding traffic and steer the car during lane changes, prompted by merely turning on the turn signal.
Despite the car’s high score, Consumer Reports did make a point of highlighting a few negatives. Echoing a sentiment many car afficianados have been shouting from the rooftops for some now, the report found that the Model S’ interior isn’t “as opulent as other high-ticket automobiles.” Not oblivious to this, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the company plans to continuously make improvements to the car’s interior, both from a comfort and materials perspective.
That notwithstanding, the Tesla Model S is something of a jack of all trades. It’s technology rivals what one might find in any other high-end car, its performance is absolutely astounding for a sedan (thereby satiating sports car enthusiasts), and to top it all off, it’s one of the safest cars out on the market.
With a price tag of $127,820 for the highest-end model, the Model S P85D doesn’t come cheap, but as with many luxury items, sometimes what you get is what you pay for.
Make sure to hit the source link below for Consumer Reports’ full rundown of the always improving Tesla Model S.