Reliability still ranks as “average,” with fickle door handles, latches and locks, and squeaks and rattles peppering results for the 2012 and some motor gremlins affecting 2013 and triggering a broad warranty upgrade by Tesla.
Average reliability puts the Model S on a tier “far better” than the flagship offerings from Benz and Caddy, the poster children from automakers with MORE THAN A CENTURY OF PRACTICE. Also, the Model S is steadily improving, says CR. And they’re not just talking about the software and firmware updates. Newer models show better reliability data. Click image to view video.