Tesla Breaks into Top 5 Car Brands


Despite being the youngest automaker in the nation, Tesla Motors Inc. ranks in the top five brands among people surveyed by “Consumer Reports.”

Tesla was fifth in the poll, a large gain from 11th last year.  It ranked behind Toyota, Ford and Honda, as well as General Motors’ Chevrolet.  The results are from a December survey of 1,578 vehicle owners who were asked to rank brand attributes including quality, safety, value, design and technology.

“Over the last six months or so there has been a lot of visibility for that brand,” said Tom Libby, an auto analyst for Polk in Southfield, Mich. Tesla’s rise in the rankings “can’t hurt as that is a highly respected publication that has no need to respond to any constituency.”

The magazine also rates Tesla’s Model S among the best cars it has ever tested.