The Tesla Model S obviously gets more than its fair share of love from environmentalist types, devoted owners, and geeky technology aficionados. But in case you thought there might be a shortage of praise from more – shall we say, “objective” – sources, the Tesla Model S just topped Consumer Reports‘ list of the top ten automobiles for 2015.
This is actually the second year in a row that the Silicon Valley-bred EV has topped the Consumer Reports list, according to Bloomberg. But its continued dominance has little to do with the novelty of the electric drive motor that so definitively sets it apart from the typical car. Instead, like the other cars on the list, the Tesla Model S was recognized for its merits in drivability, interior quality, safety, and reliability.
Of course, as Bloomberg notes, the shout out to the Tesla Model S has very little practical benefit to the automaker at present. In order to truly utilize the good press, Tesla Motors would first have to increase its production capacity – and perhaps release a more affordable offering. But if, at launch, the Tesla Model X is half the car we anticipate, there’s a good chance we’ll see Consumer Reports print the Tesla name twice next year.