Tesla Model S P85D earns Consumer Reports top score
The all-wheel-drive electric Tesla Model S P85D sedan earned the highest score ever in a recent Consumer Reports test.
The P85D aced the braking and handling tests, and outperformed the original Tesla model S in efficiency and speed.
"We recorded a zero to 60 time of 3.5 seconds. That makes it the quickest car we have ever tested at Consumer Reports," said Jake Fisher with Consumer Reports. "And despite being a lot faster and having all-wheel-drive, it is actually more efficient, getting the equivalent of 87 miles per gallon."
While engineers believe the car will change the future of the automobile, the slick looking Tesla comes with a large price tag. Consumer Reports paid nearly $128,000.
"It's not about this car. It's about what this car represents," Fisher said. "It gives you a glimpse into the future of the automobile industry. The technology that gives you all the most advanced safety features."
With more than 200 charging stations nationwide, the Tesla P85D can easily last 200 miles between charges, about three times farther than other electric cars.
Christian Bangert is one of the 7,200 Americans who own the car. He said he hopes the Tesla's advances and impressive fuel efficiency will show up on lower-priced cars before too long.
"The horsepower, the technology, the sound system, the touch screen...everything is so easy to use. It is just very driver friendly," Bangert said.
Consumer Reports is currently analyzing data from 1,300 owners and is expected to release reliability information later this month.