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Tesla Model 3 Finally Gets Approval From Consumer Reports

June 1, 2018 0 Comments

Second time’s a charm! Consumer Reports has approved the Tesla Model 3 after re-testing for the second time this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a week or so of drama, Consumer Reports has official given their approval on the Tesla 3 after not recommending it for multiple reasons including “long stopping distances in … emergency braking tests and difficult-to-use controls.”

In their original report, Consumer Reports did not hold back any punches critiquing the first inexpensive Tesla model.

On Twitter yesterday, Musk thanked CR for having good feed back on the Tesla Model 3, “Really appreciate the high quality critical feedback from @ConsumerReports. Road noise & ride comfort already addressed too. UI improvements coming via remote software update later this month.”

CR’s main critique focused on stopping distances, “The Tesla’s stopping distance of 152 feet from 60 mph was far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested and about 7 feet longer than the stopping distance of a Ford F-150 full-sized pickup.”

Tesla responded to this original criticism saying their tests returned different results. Instead of the 152 feet stopping distance, they reported 133 feet.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said the braking distance was due to calibration problems. After announcing on twitter that he would out an over-the-air update, Consumer Reports agreed they would retest the the car.

Now, after retesting, CR feels confident to recommend the Tesla 3. The update allegedly improved the braking distance by 20 feet.

Although the braking system is improved, there are still not-so-great reviews on the control panel and back seat, “our testers found issues with the Model 3’s wind noise, stiff ride, and uncomfortable rear seat.” Speaking to Consumer Reports, Musk responded saying all these issues will be addressed, and that the production line is already making changes for improvements.

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