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Tesla Model S gets Consumer Reports’ top score

Consumer Reports praised the Model S but noted shortcomings like limited range and long charging times.
Consumer Reports praised the Model S but noted shortcomings like limited range and long charging times.Paul Sakuma /Associated Press/File 2012

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The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine’s automotive testing.

The Model S, which starts at $62,400 after a federal tax credit, scored 99 points on a scale of 100 in the magazine’s battery of tests.

‘‘It accelerates, handles and brakes like a sports car. It has the ride and quietness of a luxury car and is far more energy-efficient than the best hybrid cars,’’ Jake Fisher, the magazine’s director of automotive testing, said Thursday in a statement.

The magazine said it handled like a Porsche sports car, yet it was the quietest car it had tested since the Lexus LS. The interior, the magazine said, reminded testers of an Audi.

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