A test drive by The Wall Street Journal suggests that the Tesla Roadster’s 244-mile range may be a difficult target to hit. WSJ reviewer Clifford Atiyeh said “I never got close to Tesla’s claimed 244-mile range in which the car can drive without a recharge.” Atiyeh apparently made two attempts at reaching the 244-mile range. On one, he drove 125 miles and had 19 miles of battery life remaining on the computer. On the second, using the vehicle’s “range mode,” he traveled 130 miles and had 19 miles of battery range remaining on the computer.
The Wall Street Journal’s test vehicle cost $122,000.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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