Tesla Model S: He’s Just Not That Into You

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Are electric vehicles like the Tesla Model S saviors or environmental menaces?

Consumer Reports downgrades Tesla Model S rating.

Consumer Reports has long been enamored of the high priced electric vehicles. In 2013, it gave the Tesla Model S a perfect score in safety tests and recently gave the Tesla Model S P85D a perfect score as well. But today, the magazine gave the luxury electric vehicle a “worse-than-average” rating based on predicted reliability.

So important is a recommendation from Consumer Reports that the news caused Tesla’s stock to plummet 10%, according to the LA Times.

In its report, Consumer Reports said, “the main problem areas involved the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, giant iPad-like center console, and body and sunroof squeaks, rattles, and leaks.” But the article, titled, “Tesla reliability doesn’t match its high performance” notes that Tesla owners are still satisfied with their cars, and that customer service is responsive.

Many of the issues are covered under warranty, so get your Tesla checked out while you can.

Judy Antell, who is TravelingMom.com's Free in 50 States editor, lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and... More about Judy Antell