We’ve been taught that if you want to have fun in a car, you need some kind of exotic sports car with rear-wheel drive, a huge engine, and an expensively long name. I’m not convinced that’s true.
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Survey data collected by Plug-In America from current early-model Tesla Model S owners has predicted that up to two-thirds of early model electric-drive units may fail by 60,000 miles. If their predictions are even remotely accurate, that’s bad news.
We here at Jalopnik can tell you how a car makes you feel. It can be fun, fast, slow, or sad. But if you want to get hard data and numbers, there’s no one better to turn to than Consumer Reports. So it’s probably a good thing that CR just data-ized what we felt – the Tesla Model S P85D is a damn fine automobile.
Consumer Reports dropped $127,000 on a new Tesla Model S P85D – the most it’s ever spent on a vehicle – but before it could get deep into its extensive testing regime, it was already broken, and for something Tesla owners are all too familiar with.
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Here's the weird thing you might not know about Consumer Reports. Not only do they have an incredible test track, they're also all better drivers than any self-respecting bunch of automotive journalists should be. So let CR Auto Test Director Jake Fisher and Jalopnik EIC Matt Hardigree show you how to hoon.
Here was the plan: take a $112,000 Mercedes E63 AMG S Wagon, a Subaru STI, a BMW 228i, and a 1973 Volkswagen Baja Bug, and blast sideways on a snow-covered private test track hidden in the woods of Connecticut. Simple, right?
I've never put much stock in user generated reviews, but I do peruse them on bigger purchases, or when I'm bored and need a good laugh. These reviews however for some tires I'm considering (Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's), oh man do they take the cake.
Sometimes buying a knockoff is a great way to get the look for less. When it comes to clothes this might be a smart move, but when it comes to tires, often you get what you pay for. Consumer Reports found poor performing Chinese counterfeit tires being sold to unsuspecting consumers.
Consumer Reports is out with its annual Auto Reliability Survey, and Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Fiat bring up the rear, with the 500L snagging the inglorious title of least reliable car among the 248 models CR included in the survey. Oh, and infotainment systems still suck.
Consumer Reports, like Edmunds, plunked down the coin for a new Model S to get the full ownership experience. And like Edmunds, CR's Tesla has suffered from a range of minor issues that continue to illustrate that the devil is in the details.
Our friends over at satire site Autoblopnik have reported that Consumer Reports has now been taken over by an alien species due to their recommendation of the Buick Regal. To get more on this breaking story go here.