Tesla Model 3 gets Consumer Reports recommendation after braking fix
May 31 2018
Consumer Reports has upgraded its previous verdict on Tesla's Model 3 auto, giving it a "recommended buy" rating after the electric vehicle maker improved the sedan's ability to stop quickly with an online update of its antilock braking software. "The new shorter distance is typical for a compact luxury vehicle and matches the 133 feet that Tesla claims its own testing found, using the same tires as those on our Model 3".
Musk argued that the braking issue could be fixed with an over-the-air software update (OTA), technology that Tesla regularly relies on to improve performance and roll out new features on the infotainment system it its vehicles. Its biggest beef appeared to be long stopping distances in emergency braking tests. As you may recall, CR's initial testing found that the Model 3 needed 152 feet to come to a complete stop while traveling at 60 miles per hour, a distance which the publication said was "far worse than any contemporary vehicle we've tested and about 7 feet longer than the stopping distance of a Ford F-150 full-sized pickup". "Tesla won't stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable vehicle".
We saw this happen in late 2015, when Consumer Reports assigned Tesla'sModel S a "worse-than-average" rating in an annual report about the predicted reliability of new vehicles, knocking down the company's share price by more than 10 percent in one day.
Furthermore, Tesla has already begun to take numerous outlet's other complaints (such as wind noise and uncomfortable rear seats) into account by implementing changes to their production line. Musk also suggested the car's 15-inch touchscreen display could receive an over-the-air update to make it easier to use. Road noise & ride comfort already addressed too. Rather, he said that the issue could very well be resolved via an over-the-air software update.
'Firmware fix for upgraded brake performance on standard Model 3 started rolling out yesterday, ' he tweeted.
The magazine also said almost all of the Model 3's controls are on a center touchscreen direction with no gauges on the dashboard and few buttons inside the vehicle.
CR plans to rent another Model 3 from Tesla at a later date to see these changes in action. "Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we should", Musk said.
'The CR braking result is inconsistent with other reviewers, but might indicate that some Model 3s have longer braking distances than others, ' he said.