'Consumer Reports' Passes On Fisker Karma
It's a beautiful luxury sports car with an electric powertrain. But for $108,000 the extended-range electric vehicle should have a tad fewer issues. The Detroit Bureau notes that the Consumer Reports take on the car is that its interior space is too small, and at nearly 5,400 pounds, it actually outweighs some versions of the Dodge Durango, yet seats only four and, because of the large battery in the center tunnel, the back seats are rather tight.
But the real issue was trust. CR employees were reluctant to take the sedan on long trips for fear that it might leave them stranded. And not just because of the initial incident in which the car had to be hauled back for a new battery pack after mild calibration testing at CR tracks. Besides noting the problems of several other Karma owners, CR said its car’s speedometer and energy usage meter suddenly went dark. Another trip to the dealer seems likely.