Tesla Model S fails to impress Consumer Reports in the long-term test

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 12, 2014

Although it received a near-perfect score from Consumer Reports (99 out of 100), it appears that the Tesla Model S failed to impress the well-known magazine in the long-term test. The electric car impressed the magazine with its smoothness, effortless glide and clever yet elegant simplicity, the vehicle bought by Consumer Magazine had several problems.

Driven for almost 16,000 miles and purchased for $98,650, the Tesla Model S saw the first problems with the center screen when it was driven for over 12,000 miles. This means that the driver didn’t have access to many functions of the vehicle but Tesla fixed the problem as the vehicle was under warranty.

After a hard reset, the functions were restored to the car. The retracting door handles also showed problems and were occasionally reluctant to emerge. Consumer Reports were not the only one having problems with the Tesla Model S as the guys from Edmunds also reported problems which included replacing the main battery pack after the car stalled.

Moreover, Edmunds saw problems that included a frozen touchscreen, a creaky steering wheel and difficulties when opening the sunroof. Elon Musk admitted that the company had some quality issues for the early serial number cars but he added that the current production cars are fine.

The company also added that they are constantly upgrading the functionality, features and quality of every Model S through the free over the air updates provided to the owners.

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


We’ve seen quite a lot of intriguing stories in the age of Internet (where the most interesting part was revealed before the story unfolds). Some are from movies and novels...
by - October 26, 2016
Many people have long known that the new 2018 RS5 was being developed by Audi AG. Enthusiasts the world over were excited when a prototype was seen running on the...
by - October 26, 2016
It was only recently when BMW officially debuted the new 2017 5-Series Saloon (G30) online. At that time, this range revealed that it had driving dynamics that was the best...
by - October 26, 2016
Starting early 2017, the new Audi Q7 will be available with the new 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that makes it not only faster but also lighter and more efficient than...
by - October 25, 2016
Soon, Fiat Chrysler’s Dodge brand will be ending the production of the Dodge Viper. So practically, the 2017 Dodge Viper will be the last Viper up for grabs. Gerry Wood...
by - October 25, 2016