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Fresh off of two major Car of the Year awards and posting its first ever quarterly profit, things are going quite well for Tesla and its all-electric Model S sedan. But, in what may be some of the highest praise the car has received to date, Consumer Reports calls the Model S the best car it has ever tested.

"This car performs better than anything we've ever tested before. Let me repeat that: Not just the best electric car, but the best car," said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports auto testing, in the video above.

Two areas where the Model S proves as good or better than any vehicle Consumer Reports had previously tested: efficiency and quietness. That's not entirely surprising, given the car's slippery design, and lack of an internal combustion engine and other noisy mechanical components.

Consumer Reports also lauds the vehicle's handling, aided by a low center of gravity due to the placement of the heavy battery. "It drives like a mixture of the best luxury car and the best sports car," said Fisher.

The Consumer Reports test vehicle was nearly $90,000, featuring the larger 85 kWh battery pack. While nobody is claiming the Model S to be a bargain, it seems everyone is in agreement that it's one of the world's best cars.

There is, however, a catch.

Consumer Reports was unable to place the Model S on their recommended list due, in part, to the lack of available reliability data on the relatively new vehicle. For more on why the Model S wasn't able to nab a "recommended" rating, head to AOL Autos.

Consumer Reports Names Tesla Model S Best Car They Have Ever Tested
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Even the anti-green Fox New gave the electric Tesla a glowing review but failed to mention it was made possible by government grants.

May 11 2013 at 5:05 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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First Fox news is not anti green ie the glowing review of the Tesla. second I'm sure the 4.5 billionair Elon Musk would surly take offense that you are insinuating that the government had anything to do with the Tesla brand. Now for infrastructure for greater assembly plants and distrubition, sure why not Government money is free now. Ask solyndra.

May 15 2013 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why does the front wheel stick out so far? Can't the talker get a shave? Just for info, I had a 2007 Prius, got rid of it, got a 2012 Prius, improvement plus.. Rides nicer, can go well over 400 miles before refueling, ANYWHERE! No high test gas required. Warns against it.. Tuesday 5 7 2013 example, drove an hour and a half from Carpentersville to Homewood on the expressway, 61.3 mi, 1 hour 9 mins at 65 plus and double plus., went next to Rochelle IL 92.2 mi, 1 hour 28 mins, went home Rochelle to Carpentesville 69.5 mi, 1 hour 11 mins Mileage reading on the dash>>>>>> 50.4 MPG at arrival at home.. I have gotten 65 mpg from Gibson City to home in Oct. 12.. Keep the Tesla, I probably would not fit in it at 6.3...

May 09 2013 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd drive one. Oh yeah.....

May 09 2013 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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