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Consumer Reports Rates Tesla Model S Best Overall Car for 2018 But Tries to Bury It

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Feb 6, 2016
In 2014 and 2015, Consumer Reports issued its "Top Picks" report rating the Tesla Model S as best overall car.
Top Picks 2014, 10 Best Cars of the Year - Consumer Reports
10 Top Picks of 2015 - Consumer Reports

In 2016, after stripping the award from the Model S as reliability issues cropped up, CR inexplicably did not award the title to any car.

In April 2017, after reliability improved, CR initially declined to recognize the Model S as best overall because AEB had not yet been enabled, but a few months later again awarded the crown to the Model S Tesla activated AEB on Autopilot 2 vehicles. Tesla Model S Tops Consumer Reports' Ratings After Getting Key Safety Feature

This year, Model S once again earned top honors according to CR's rating system. Tesla makes Consumer Reports' Top 10 Car Brands as lone US carmaker

But unlike in 2014, 2015 and 2017, CR did not announce a "best overall" award, and in press materials, its twitter feed and its main reports the Model S's top rating was not mentioned. Instead, the top rating was only mentioned in the brand report card for Tesla:

According to the Brand Report Card, the Model S scored higher than any other car in the magazine’s test, with a 4/5 predicted reliability score, a perfect 5/5 for predicted owner satisfaction, and a perfect 100 rating on the road test. Tesla makes Consumer Reports' Top 10 Car Brands as lone US carmaker

CR has recently defended itself against criticisms that it is biased against Tesla. https://www.consumerreports.org/med...omplaints_on_reporting_research_and_reviews// But failing to award the "best overall" car to the Model S and instead burying the Model S's top rating where the (lazy) mainstream press would be unlikely to pick up on it (and so far has not) is not helping its case.
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