Consumer reports shocked the automotive world last week when they announced “the all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85D sedan performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system.” The electric car scored a 103 out of 100 and helped re-shape the rating scale as we move into the electric future of automobiles.
If you’re thinking “how is that even possible?!” so are we. So we dug a little deeper. The Tesla Model S P85D takes advantage of certain traits that come with being an electric car, first being high launch-speed. This Tesla design is “brutally quick” and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds thanks to nearly 700 horsepower off the line. This makes the Tesla Model S P85D fastest the 4 door sedan in the world. This kind of acceleration is unprecedented and certainly adds to Tesla’s seat in the market.
The 2nd area where Tesla simply can’t be competed with right now is fuel economy. The power usage on the fully-electric vehicle equates to roughly 87 mpg; more than then regular Model S. Additionally, despite having more horsepower AND more energy savings, there is also better handling and road performance. Even the folks at Consumer Reports are baffled by this. They say, “the car set a new benchmark, so we had to make changes to our scoring to account for it.”
Despite the score, the car is not perfect. At a price of nearly $128,000 it is far out of reach of the average consumer and remains a luxury item. But in design, the Tesla Model S P85D has opted for a practical interior over a plush and luxurious one. Features like seat massaging and ventilation are noticeably missing in this model at this price range. The car does serve the practical market or the luxury car industry very well on either end of the spectrum.
The driving rage is less than desired as well, at 200 miles it is very important for consumers to plan their trips in accordance with local power stations… or pack a 2nd Tesla in the trunk.
While the Model S P85D is a stride in engineering it still lacks affordability practicality over long distance and is far from a perfect car.
If you are interested in electric cars and want to see if there is a more affordable option available for you, come to Beach Ford and ask about the 2015 Ford Focus Electric which gets an estimated 110 MPG.