Tesla has been ranked 8th in Consumer Reports’ 2018 Brand Report Card, making it the sole American automaker that earned a spot in the magazine’s Top 10 rankings. The high rank of the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker was largely influenced by the stellar scores of its Model S luxury sedan, which earned high marks for predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, and road performance.
For its 2018 Brand Report Card, Consumer Reports ranked the average scores of the Model S and the Model X. The Model 3, Tesla’s latest and most disruptive vehicle to date, was not included in the magazine’s scores for the Elon Musk-led firm. Reminiscent of prior year’s reports, CR was particularly impressed with the Model S, while it had some reservations about the Model X.
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. The Model X scored a perfect 5/5 for predicted owner satisfaction and a decent 77 rating on the road test, but the luxury electric SUV’s average scores were pulled down by its low 1/5 predicted reliability score.
Considering the low scores of the Model X’s predicted reliability, Tesla’s place in the magazine’s Top 10 list is quite noteworthy. Being 8th in the list, after all, just emphasized how much dominance the Model S holds over the other vehicles in Consumer Reports’ rankings.
Overall, Consumer Reports’ Top 10 car brands in its 2018 Brand Report Card was a mixture of Asian and European companies, with Hyundai-owned Genesis Motors topping the magazine’s list. Kia, another South Korean car maker, ranked 6th. European automakers Audi, BMW, and Porsche, ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 5th, respectively, while Japanese brands Lexus, Subaru, Honda, and Toyota ranked 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th. Tesla, being the only American car maker in Consumer Reports’ Top 10, was ranked 8th, though Chrysler, another US-based auto firm, was in 11th place.
Consumer Reports’ Top 10 car brands were evaluated on the merits of the entire lineup of a company’s vehicle offerings. Thus, according to the magazine, even if an individual vehicle is highly rated, it is not an assurance that its maker would have a spot on the Top 10 list.
“Most brands manage to make at least one great car, but not many have what it takes to deliver consistent quality across several models. Our annual brand rankings recognize the ones that do.”
As we noted in a previous report, Consumer Reports and Tesla recently ended up in disagreement, after the magazine released an “average” rating for the Model 3, despite not having tested the mass market electric compact sedan. The magazine, however, maintained that the Model 3’s average rating was decided based on the scores of the company’s other offerings.