The Tesla Model S was 2015’s highest rated vehicle in the US by expert reviewers, according to research by our sister site Autosaur.
The website introduced a new car reviews section this year, collating reviews from experts so people can easily see how cars are rated and compare them against each other.
And the Tesla Model S topped the rankings for 2015.
The car has received a rating of 97/100 on average from reviewers over the past year — including full marks from Edmunds, Car and Driver, and CNET.
That was a full five points clear of the next best-rated car, the 2015 Mazda 6 on 92/100.
The full list of the top ten is as follows:
2015 Tesla Model S: 97/100
2015 Mazda 6: 92/100
2015 Mazda 3: 91/100
2015 Honda Fit: 90/100
2015 BMW i8: 90/100
2015 Ford F-150: 88/100
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee: 88/100
2015 Honda Odyssey: 88/100
2015 Toyota Avalon: 87/100
The reviews covered the 100 most popular cars, trucks, SUVS, vans and minivans in the US, but this will be expanded in 2016 to cover every single model on sale in the US market.
The lowest rated car from that 100 was the 2015 Smart Fortwo, which received 41/100.
The Model S is a plug-in electric model first debuted by Tesla in 2012. The base model has a range of 230 miles on a single charge, and 94MPGe in the city and 97MPGe on the highway.
Yet it still manages to produced 328hp and 387lb/ft of torque, with a 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds and a 140mph top speed.
The car is widely thought of as having revolutionised the electric car segment, with Car and Driver describing it as “a glimpse of the future”.
Several 2016 models have already been released, and leading the rankings so far is the 2016 Honda Pilot (see all the 2016 Honda Pilot reviews), with a rating of 95/100 on average from reviewers around the web.
Currently in joint second place are the 2016 Toyota Sienna (see all the 2016 Toyota Sienna reviews), 2016 Honda Fit (see all the 2016 Honda Fit reviews) and 2016 Mazda CX-5 (see all the 2016 Mazda CX-5 reviews), all on 91/100.
As not all models and reviews have been released yet, these scores will no doubt change over the coming months with new contenders entering the scene.