Tesla Model S gets Consumer Reports’ top score

DETROIT (AP) — The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine’s automotive testing.

The Model S, which starts at $62,400, scored 99 points on a scale of 100 in the magazine’s battery of tests.

The Model S, though, didn’t get Consumer Reports’ coveted “Recommended Buy” rating. The magazine says it doesn’t have sufficient data to judge reliability of the car, which went on sale last year.

Consumer Reports said the car’s drawbacks include limited range, long charging times and coupe-like styling that hinders rear visibility and crimps passenger access.

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