The 2013 Tesla Model S claims a range of 265 miles with an optional battery pack.

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Consumer Reports names Tesla Model S its top pick

  • Associated Press
  • February 25, 2014 - 1:28 PM

DETROIT — The Tesla Model S electric sedan is Consumer Reports' top pick in this year's automotive survey.

The magazine cited the Model S's sporty performance and technological innovations, including its 225-mile range. But it acknowledged that the car is expensive. Consumer Reports paid $89,650 for the Model S it tested.

The survey, in its 18th year, named Consumer Reports' favorites among the 260 cars it has recently tested. The magazine buys vehicles anonymously and performs more than 50 tests on them.

Lexus, Acura and Audi were the top brands. The Honda Accord was the best midsize car, while the redesigned Subaru Forester was the top small SUV.

For the first time in 16 years, Chrysler earned a spot on the list. Its Ram 1500 was named best pickup truck.

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