Tesla Model 3 ‘not good enough to recommend’ – Consumer Reports


Over-the-air updates to the rescue!

Elon Musk is promising to deal with the problems with the Design 3’s braking functionality, after Purchaser Reviews – a similar publication to Choice – returned very poor benefits in its braking checks, and dubbed the car ‘not great ample to recommend’.

Through tests, Purchaser Reports learned “flaws – large flaws” with the ‘affordable’ Model 3’s brakes. The exam car CR utilized took 152 toes (46.3m) to end from 60mph (97km/h), even further than a Ford F-150 took in the similar test.

The first take a look at vehicle stopped in 130ft (39.6m) initial time all-around, prior to the halting length blew out, and could not be replicated soon after permitting the brakes cool. After the very first car struggled, Consumer Reports replicated the checks on a 2nd and uncovered the very same benefits.

“In our assessments of both of those Design 3 samples, the halting distances had been significantly longer than the halting distances we recorded on other Teslas and other vehicles in this class,” the Consumer Reports posting explained. Automobile & Driver observed identical problems in its tests of the car or truck.

The publication also uncovered the massive central touchscreen distracting, and pointed out loads of wind noise and a weak ride in the rear seats.

In reaction to these results, Elon Musk said the braking troubles could be fixed with an about-the-air firmware update.

“With more refinement, we can strengthen braking distance outside of initial specs,” Musk mentioned employing his desired soapbox, Twitter. “Tesla would not end till Model 3 has improved braking than any remotely comparable car.”

Even though about-the-air updates won’t be able to change the bodily braking components (duh!), Tesla could tweak the systems managing the brakes – consider Abs – remotely.

Musk also mentioned the vehicle utilized for tests was an early manufacturing motor vehicle, and advised more current deliveries will have enhanced rear-seat refinement.