WASHINGTON—Michelin, Goodyear, Yokohama, Continental and Pirelli scored the most mentions from Consumer Reports for the best tire choices in 2014, according to CR's annual auto issue.
Meanwhile, the electric Tesla Model S, with a base price of $89,650, was the magazine's choice for Best Overall Car available to the public this year, CR's top automotive experts announced at a Feb. 25 news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.
Three luxury makes—Lexus, Acura and Audi—had the best overall scores for 2014 based on CR's testing and surveys of vehicle owners, said Jake Fisher, CR director of automotive testing, and Rik Paul, CR automotive editor.
All three makes combined innovative designs with impressive reliability, according to Fisher and Paul. Lexus scored 79 out of 100 in testing and consumer surveys, while Acura scored 75 and Audi 74, they said.
Ford and Jeep scored lowest in CR's report cards, at 50 each.
"Jeep has some good individual models, such as the Grand Cherokee, but the reliability isn't there," Fisher said.
Fisher described Ford as "a sad story." After achieving high marks in CR's 2013 ratings, the company scored abysmally low in consumer reliability ratings in 2014 despite making cars with outstanding ride and handling, he said.
In the tire category, CR chose the Michelin Primacy MXV4 as the best choice among H-rated performance all-season radials for most newer cars, followed by the Continental PureContact and the Nexen CP672. Among V-rated performance all-season radials for newer cars, its choices were the Continental PureContact, the Pirelli P7 Cinturato All Season and the Michelin Primacy MXV4, in that order.