Model S and Cadillac XTS receive full 10 ratings in 2017 Best Bets ratings

Published By: Eunice Gettys on January 30, 2017 09:08 am EST

Centre for Auto Safety and a consumer advocate Jack Gillis published their 37th annual “Best Bet” ratings recently. Interestingly, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), and Hyundai Motors vehicles topped the list of this year’s vehicles, CBC News reported.

Tesla’s large sedan the Model S, GM’s large sedan Cadillac XTS, Encore small SUV, and Buick Verano compact SUV, and Hyundai Motors Sontana intermediate sedan received full 10 points in this year’s report. The vehicle’s ratings were based on customer complaint history, fuel economy, maintenance costs, repairs, safety, and warranties.

Apart from the customer complaints, the Model S rightfully deserves to be among the top vehicles, as it is a pure electric car and does require fuel or regular maintenance. Tesla can fix minor issues through software updates or send service technicians to the customer’s house. Its vehicles are regarded as the best in terms of safety and warranties.

The research firm found that Tesla along with Mitsubishi and Hyundai offered the best warranties, while Honda, Mazda, and Nissan ended up among the worst in that regard.

Overall, four vehicles of Fiat Chrysler, two of Nissan, and one of Volkswagen had the lowest ratings, as well as a handful of SUVs. Moreover, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass compact SUVs, as well as Fiat 500 subcompact were given just 1 rating Nissan Leaf and Versa subcompact also did not do well like its small SUV, Juke. Toyota’s Tacoma large truck and 4Runner large SUV, Nissan Rogue, and Volkswagen’s Tiguans also made to the list of poor performers.

Mr. Gillis, consumer advocate of Gillis and Associate, said in an interview:

“The biggest surprise was the significant number of U.S. automakers that have come out as Best Bests. Chrysler hasn’t focused on safety as much as some of the other car companies.”

In terms of safety, Hyundai Genesis G80 stole the spotlight because of its features including lane-keeping assistance and imminent-crash. Other vehicles applauded for their safety include Mercedes’ S-Class and GLE and Volvo VC90.

Tesla received the second highest customer complaints which was the main reason Consumer Reports had to stop recommending its vehicles for some time. However, it started recommending Tesla cars again after the company introduced improvements.