“The P85D represents a glimpse into the future of automotive technology in which cars will be more energy-efficient than ever, while still delivering a terrific blend of performance and practicality”, said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing in the statement.
At the same time, Consumer Reports found the dual-motor achieved the equivalent to 87 mpg in fuel economy with a range of more than 200 miles. One of the other big highlights is the Tesla ordering process, which surpasses the usual auto dealer runaround and games, presenting vehicle shoppers with a much more streamlined experience.
Rechtin affirmed that the vehicle received 103 marks, but that is not possible as per the Consumer Reports’ system. It has crossed the level attained by the Tesla S, which received 99/100, two years back. In fact, the score only accounts for the Tesla’s performance in the road test. This means that parameters such as acceleration, handling, braking, and interior fit and finish were taken into consideration while other factors, such as reliability, were excluded.
Furthermore, Rechtin finds the Tesla’s growing network of Superchargers to still be inadequate.
This model is the better version of a Tesla battery electric sedan, and has been appreciated in the tests, as it improved in terms of longer range and higher performance.
Rechtin said that the car’s thrust is quite forceful. That’s been a controversial aspect of Tesla as a company, but Consumer Reports thinks it’s a huge plus. And earlier this week the vehicle received the highest rating ever from Consumer Reports.
The company is also set to launch the Tesla Model X Crossover in 2016 and Model 3 sometime in 2018 with a affordable price tag of $35,000.