Tesla Model S is the best new car you can buy: Consumer Report

Consumer Reports pronounced the Model S the best overall car on the market today.

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Consumer Reports has released its annual list of its top 10 best and worst cars  of 2014, and the Tesla Model S EV has landed the coveted top spot. Consumer Reports, known for its thorough testing, measures performance, handling, reliability and safety factors.

After taking everything into account, CarBuzz reports, Consumer Reports pronounced the Model S “the best overall car on the market today.”

Noting its “blistering acceleration, razor-sharp handling, compliant ride, and versatile cabin,” it said the Model S is a “glimpse into a future where cars and computers coexist in seamless harmony.” Consumer Reports was even more impressed with the EV’s 225-mile range and relatively short 5-hour charges.

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Aside from a spate of car fires, it’s been a good year for Tesla. Motor Trend also named the Model S its 2013 Car of the Year, and Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said Tesla warrants a share price of $320, Time Business reports.

Tesla produced less than 23,000 vehicles last year at a price tag of $89,000, but Jonas sees the company hitting 370,000 vehicles a year by 2020. Tesla is expected to announce plans to build a new battery factory that will lower the cost of batteries.

Here’s a look at some of the other winners:

Pickup truck: Ram 1500

Small SUV: Subaru Forester

Midsized SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe

Mid-sized sedan: Honda Accord

Compact Car: Subaru Impreza

Luxury Car: Audi A6

Green Car: Toyota Prius

Minivan: Honda Odyssey

With files from CarBuzz

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