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Tesla Climbs in Consumer Reports Auto Ranking Topped by Porsche

  • Brand rises to 11th as Model 3 becomes top pick for first time
  • Jeep SUVs ‘just are not competitive,’ testing chief says
Tesla vehicles sit in a parking lot at a port.
Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg

Tesla Inc.’s electric cars raced up Consumer Reports’s latest auto brand rankings, inching closer to leader Porsche.

Tesla jumped eight spots -- more than any other brand -- to No. 11 in an annual report based on road tests, reliability data, owner satisfaction surveys and safety performance. Consumer Reports ranked Tesla higher than any U.S. brand and made the Model 3 sedan a top pick for the first time, a designation the nonprofit bestows to only 10 cars, SUVs and trucks per year.