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Tesla flunks Consumer Reports' reliability survey

Despite improvements in the Model S that earn it an "Average" rating, the Model X's Falcon Wing doors prove to be an albatross around the brand's neck.


With two models in its stable -- the Model S and Model X -- Tesla Motors now qualifies for a rating in Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey. The electric automaker's debut on the survey, however, was less than stellar.

The nonprofit rating organization and its surveyed readers ranked Tesla Motors 25th out of 29 brands. That's pretty close to the bottom of the barrel, just above Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and Ram. (So as bad as this looks for Tesla, it's worse for Fiat Chrysler's brands.)

About now you're probably thinking about how one of the benefits of electric cars is the simpler, more reliable powertrain. What dragged Tesla down? It turns out that the Model X's complicated, motorized Falcon Wing doors are an albatross around the brand's neck, causing all sorts of problems during the SUV's premier year and causing the publication to call the Model X "one of the worst cars in [its] survey."

The Consumer Reports, er, report for Tesla isn't all gloom and doom. The Model S climbs up to an "Average" rating on CR's reliability scale thanks to improvements for the new model year.

Lexus, Toyota, Buick, Audi and Kia Motors made up the top five most reliable nameplates in the report.