Tesla drops to third-worst in Consumer Reports reliability rankings

Tesla dropped six spots to rank near the bottom of Consumer Reports’ new-car reliability list. The California electric-car maker came in third-worst in reliability among 29 auto brands. Only Cadillac and Volvo ranked lower.

The highest reliability scores went to Lexus, Toyota and Mazda, in that order. Seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese or South Korean. Audi, ranked seventh, was the top European brand. No U.S. automaker finished in the top half of the list.

Tesla’s poor showing led Consumer Reports to drop its “recommended” opinion on the Tesla Model S, a car that costs well over $100,000 including the Autopilot feature and other options. The rankings are based on surveys of subscribers to the product-testing organization’s magazine and website.

Respondents reported problems with the Model S suspension and its recessed door handles. The Model X SUV remained “much worse than average” for reliability, Consumer Reports said, noting problems with its unusual falcon-wing doors and its dash-area display screen.

The new Model 3 compact luxury car was ranked “average” for reliability.

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