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Tesla Makes the Best American Luxury Cars According To Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports recently put together a list of the best American vehicles based on their Consumer Reports overall scores, and Tesla holds two of the top spots. That overall score takes the individual scores for road tests, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety into account.

Consumer Reports does point out that these are officially American brands, but that doesn’t mean all of the vehicles are manufactured in the U.S.

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 is the most luxurious American compact car

With an overall score of 78, the Tesla Model 3 is the top American car in the luxury compact car category. The Model 3 Long Range is rated for 330 miles of range.

Consumer Reports explains that the Model 3 offers good acceleration and agile handling, but the ride is also “very stiff and choppy.” The interior has a quality finish. The large central touchscreen controls all the car’s functions, which can make little tasks a bigger distraction.

The car’s front seats are comfortable, but the rear ones are too low according to the review. It offers the Autopilot suite of features to keep the car at speed and in its lane.

While the Model 3 is the top American luxury compact car, it is fifth on Consumer Reports’ list of luxury compact cars. Coming in ahead of it are the 2021 Audi A4, 2021 Infiniti Q50, 2021 BMW 3 Series, and 2021 Volkswagen Arteon.

The 2020 Tesla Model S is ultra-luxurious

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The Tesla Model S is the top American car in the ultra-luxury car category, with an overall score of 70. The Long Range Model S is rated for 373 miles on one charge and has one of the longest ranges available today.

Consumer Reports calls the performance “exceptional, with quiet and thrilling acceleration.” It also has great handling and a comfortable ride. The Model S doesn’t have great visibility, and range is decreased in cold weather.

All-wheel drive and driving assistance features are both standard. The trunk is located in the front of the car, and Consumer Reports found the hatchback style to be very versatile. Like in the Model 3, Consumer Reports found the large touchscreen to be distracting.

The Model S ties for second when compared against ultra-luxury cars from around the world. Consumer Reports ranked it just behind the 2021 BMW 7 Series and tied it with the 2021 Audi A8.

Tesla redefines luxury

Employees working at a Tesla factory assembling cars
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The Tesla company has redefined luxury to now include more technology and green features. According to Torque News, Teslas have good performance and handling and benefit from the instant torque that comes with electric vehicles.

Teslas also provide cutting-edge technology, with both advanced infotainment systems and advanced driver-assist features like Full Self-Driving and Enhanced Autopilot.

Ongoing technology updates are a luxury function introduced by Tesla. It’s a commitment to its cars and to the owner experience that makes it different from other manufacturers. It also shows how integrated the vehicles and software are.

Tesla differs from other luxury brands by placing less emphasis on the interior design. While the cabin is very nice, its minimalist style doesn’t include the luxury features and premium materials found in other luxury cars.

Other top American luxury vehicles

While the two Tesla cars are the top American vehicles in their class, the two Tesla SUVs are not. The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is the top American SUV for the class, with an overall score of 72. The Model Y is Tesla’s luxury compact SUV. The 2020 model has an overall score of 50 from Consumer Reports.

The 2021 Buick Enclave is the top American luxury midsize SUV, with an overall score of 76. The Model X is the luxury midsize SUV from Tesla. Consumer Reports gave it an overall score of 65. Tesla doesn’t offer a luxury large SUV, but the top American vehicle is the 2021 Lincoln Navigator. It has an overall score of 64.

Tesla is among the best, according to Consumer Reports. Its cars, if not its SUVs, are some the best-rated American vehicles. The brand, with its focus on technology, is redefining what buyers should look for in a luxury vehicle. However, it still delivers the driving experience that luxury vehicle buyers already expect.