DETROIT — Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine’s automotive testing — 99 points on a scale of 100.
‘‘It accelerates, handles, and brakes like a sports car. It has the ride and quietness of a luxury car and is far more energy-efficient than the best hybrid cars,’’ said Jake Fisher, the magazine’s director of automotive testing.
The magazine tested a Model S that cost $89,650 —
Consumer Reports found that the Model S had a range of about 180 miles on cold winter days and 225 miles in moderate temperatures, far higher than other pure electric cars that go 75 or 80 miles on a single charge. Charging the Model S costs about $9, equal to running a conventional vehicle on gas at $1.20 per gallon, Consumer Reports said. The magazine calculated that the Model S got the equivalent of 84 miles per gallon.