We all know Tesla has long held a cachet envied by its rivals. The company's market cap dwarfs that of every other company in the industry. Tesla Inc. has made co-founder Elon Musk one of the richest humans on the planet.
And now the electric vehicle maker has risen from niche to elite in U.S. luxury-brand registrations, just behind BMW and Lexus.
But what about the cars themselves? How do they fare in the standard quality measures?
It's an increasingly important question. As more and more EVs make their way to the U.S. market, more and more shoppers are going to want to compare Tesla against other brands. You've seen the stats on how consumers do most of their research online these days.
Yet in the premier quality polls that draw from an unfiltered bank of owners, Tesla isn't formally ranked; it's an asterisk.