It isn't easy to impress Consumer Reports.
Fisker Automotive knows this better than most, after its Karma range-extended sedan was savaged by the magazine earlier this year.
In contrast, the 2012 Tesla Model S looks to have gone down rather well, CR describing it as "a revelation".
High praise indeed, and it's sure to join Motor Trend's 'Car of the Year' verdict on a list of things Tesla should be proud of.
In their test of the model, Consumer Reports describes the Model S as "the electric car that shatters every myth"--adding that range anxiety is effectively "gone" thanks to the 265-mile range.
The quick charging times, vivid performance and interior room also got plenty of praise. Only a lack of interior storage space, and the flashy but occasionally impractical door handles came in for criticism.
Of course, this test is only a brief look at the Model S, and the magazine's normal practice is to buy a model itself--just like it did with the Fisker Karma.
Only then will we know CR's full verdict on the car--but we'd be surprised if it's anything less than similarly-praised after longer exposure.