By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch
If you’re getting sick of reading about the accolades raining down on Elon Musk and Tesla Motors, hurry up and click the “x” in the top right of your browser, because here comes another...
Consumer Reports just named the Tesla /zigman2/quotes/203558040/composite TSLA -5.08% Model S the top pick in 2015 for car buyers — for the second year in a row. For a magazine that tends to take a relatively sober approach to reviewing vehicles, this one was positively gushing, calling it “a technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range, wrapped in a luxury package.”
“A technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range, wrapped in a luxury package.”
Consumer Reports chose from 270 recently tested vehicles that had to score high marks in reliability and safety to even enter the discussion. Then, of course, there’s performance, and that’s where the Tesla sedan notched a score of 99 out of a possible 100.
While Tesla zapped the competition in the eyes of the Consumer Reports auto experts, it didn’t fare nearly as well in the public arena, as evidenced by a Facebook vote . Consumer Reports polled its 276,000-plus fans, and Tesla only received an honorable mention. The Subaru /zigman2/quotes/203522406/delayed JP:7270 +0.28% /zigman2/quotes/203008939/delayed FUJHF 0.00% Outback and Forester finished first and second, while the Toyota /zigman2/quotes/203803129/delayed JP:7203 +0.24% /zigman2/quotes/200537742/composite TM +0.58% Highlander came in third, and the Honda /zigman2/quotes/200490352/delayed JP:7267 +0.89% /zigman2/quotes/207173990/composite HMC +0.39% CR-V took an honorable mention alongside Tesla.
That probably has something to do with the price tag, which can easily top six figures.
Investors have some doubts, too. The stock has dropped from a high of $291.42 back in September all the way down to $203.29 as of Tuesday’s close. Still, the love might return later this year as the rollout of the new Model X SUV starts to ramp up.
And while Tesla took home the overall prize, there were also nods give in several specific categories: Subaru cleaned up in the compact car, midsize sedan and small SUV arenas, with its Impreza, Legacy and Forester. The Chevy /zigman2/quotes/205226835/composite GM -2.00% Impala won among large cars, while the Audi /zigman2/quotes/207972355/delayed DE:NSU +0.63% A6 was named the top luxury ride. The Toyota Prius won in the green category. The sports sedan award went to the Buick Regal, and the Honda Odyssey won for minivans.