Over the past 12 months, the Tesla Model S is, arguably, the most talked about product.
There's a multitude of reasons for this: passersby are intrigued, the company's equity has had, overall, a meteoric rise in the stock market, buyers love the damn things and the motoring press has essentially been more than happy to get down on its knees for the vehicle.
There's just one problem. Well, actually, more than one.
The Model S has had its fair share of issues. At least the Consumer Reports vehicle has. Here's the interesting bit though: current owners don't care.
Are the problems worth the price of admission for ANY car or is the Model S just THAT good?
What say you, Spies?
A revolutionary car from an innovative automaker, the Tesla Model S has garnered much attention for its accomplishments as a ground-breaking, 21st-century car. For its impressive performance in our tests, strong safety marks, and decent reliability so far, the Model S earned Consumer Reports’ recommendation. But over the last 15,743 miles, our test car has developed many minor problems that merit some reflection.
Our car has now been driven at some length by many staff members, many of whom aren’t involved in car testing. Car nut or not, EV fan or not, everyone has raved about this car, impressed with its smoothness, effortless glide, and clever, elegant simplicity. In that time, it’s also displayed a few quirks—some unique to Tesla. For instance, we had a problem with the automatic-retracting door handles, which were occasionally reluctant to emerge from the coachwork so we could open the driver’s door. Tesla fixed that with an over-the-air programming update beamed to the car.