Consumer Reports lists Tesla Model 3 as ‘preferred model’ for first time

Tesla’s new Model 3 has improved significantly in quality in its latest list of auto brands, helping it make the most of the automaker’s performance, according to the latest list of auto brands in consumer-review magazine Consumer Reports. Tesla Motors, run by Elon Musk, was selected in the top 10 car brands selected by the Consumer Reports automotive team. Consumer Reports analyzes data from major automakers and tests hundreds of cars.

“We’ve seen significant improvements in reliability for both the Tesla Model 3 and the Model S,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports. “That’s enough to give the Tesla brand a higher score than any other brand we’ve ever surveyed.” “

Overall, Tesla ranks 11th out of 33 car brands, up eight places, according to Consumer Reports.

In addition, Consumer Reports’ automotive team listed the Model 3 as the “preferred” model priced between $45,000 and $55,000.

Consumer Reports, meanwhile, has put General Motors, Ford And Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on the list of preferred models.

Positive reviews of Tesla and Model 3 suggest that the carmaker is steadily improving the quality and reliability of its vehicles.

In 2018, when Tesla first started manufacturing and selling model 3, the company’s assembly plant in Fremont, California, reported a lot of detailed reports about production problems. Fisher said the problems could affect the quality of the original version of the Model 3, when Tesla was ramping up production.

“In the first few months of production of the Tesla Model 3, they replaced seats, glass and suspension systems,” Fisher said. “Because everything changes, every time you make a change in production, new problems arise. “

Fisher said Consumer Reports noted that Model 3 began to improve in the middle of last year, when production at the Tesla plant stabilized. “Once they’ve solved the problem, they’ll be able to improve reliability,” he said.

Brand rankings and selection scored “Preferred Models” are based on a number of factors, including a consumer reporting member satisfaction survey.

This year, the company named Porsche the best car brand, followed by Gaines and Subaru. By contrast, Consumer Reports ranks Fiat as the worst brand, behind Mitsubishi and Jeep.