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Tesla Rises Eight Spots in Consumer Reports Auto-Brand Rankings

The electric-vehicle maker reached No. 11, thanks to the improved reliability of its Model 3 and Model S sedans.
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Shares of Tesla  (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc. Report fell Thursday, even after the electric-vehicle maker made the biggest upward move of any auto brand in Consumer Reports’ latest rankings.

Tesla placed No. 11, up from No. 19 last year. The auto-brand rankings are based on road tests, reliability statistics, owner satisfaction and safety.

“This [improvement] was due to the improved reliability of its Model 3 and Model S sedans,” Consumer Reports said in a statement. “The Model X [SUV] is the lone Tesla that CR does not recommend.”

Tesla outranked all its U.S. competitors, and Consumer Reports chose the Model 3 as one of its top 10 cars, SUVs and trucks of the year.

“The vehicles perform phenomenally,” Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing, told Bloomberg. “People just love these vehicles.”

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Stock analysts have mixed views of Tesla following the near quadrupling of its stock price over the past six months. 

Some view its recent earnings progress as a sign of big things to come, while others say the company has some major flaws.

Morningstar sector strategist David Whiston says Tesla shares are more than 100% overvalued. He puts fair value at $326.

“Tesla has a chance to be the dominant electric vehicle firm and is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, but we do not see it having mass-market volume for at least another decade,” he wrote in a report.

At last check, Tesla shares traded at $887.47, down 3.3%.