Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
When Consumer Reports tests a vehicle, it provides a score for that vehicle along a set point scale. The folks at the influential magazine, already fans of Tesla Motors' [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S, just tested the latest Model S P85D and somehow it earned a score of 103... out of 100 points. The car was so good to them that it essentially re-wrote the scale.
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"The car set a new benchmark, so we had to make changes to our scoring to account for it," the magazine concluded. "Those changes didn’t affect the scores of other cars."
Besides the fact that the car somehow scored more points than is possible, the really odd part about all this, as Green Car Reports points out, is that Consumer Reports still listed several apparent issues they have with the P85D, so it's hard to take the magazine's claims seriously. These include the high price, the increased noise and firmness of the ride over a tamer Model S variant, and the relatively inferior interior when compared to other costly vehicles. It's clearly not a perfect vehicle, yet it somehow earned a better-than-perfect score. The first Model S garnered an also-impressive 99 out of 100.
We can understand the praise for the car, but we don't see how it's possible to break your own scoring system, especially when you're able to list issues and faults you find with the car. Consumer Reports does an excellent job of maintaining its independence from the automakers with regards to acquiring cars for its testing purposes. Still, the results delivered here don't make a lot of sense to us. Perhaps the testers spent a little too much time using the car's Insane mode.
You can view the full results at the following address: www.consumerreports.org/cro/tesla-model-s-p85d.htm.