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Tesla Model 3 Fails to Secure Consumer Reports Recommendation

Tesla Model 3 Fails to Secure Consumer Reports Recommendation

Publication Consumer Reports is raining on the Tesla Model 3 parade. The company has announced it cannot give the mass-market Model 3 its coveted ‘recommended’ rating, citing several issues with the new sedan.

The testers’ primary issue with the Model 3 is its braking performance. CR noted that the Model 3 exhibited brake distances of 152 feet; the most of any modern vehicle they’ve tested. Specifically, the Model 3 could stop fully from 60 mph within 133 feet on the first run, but the car was never able to duplicate that result.

During brake testing the car is accelerated to 60 mph, then the brakes are slammed to see how far it takes the vehicle to come to a complete stop. Obviously the brakes are allowed to cool between tests. In most modern vehicles brake performance does not significantly erode between tests, assuming they’ve cooled.

The braking issue stood out to testers so much that CR acquired a second Model 3. A second car exhibited the same poor brake performance.

CR noted other issues with the car as well. The publication said the Model 3’s massive screen–replacing nearly every traditional interior component–is clunky to use and distracting to the driver. A “stiff ride” and “unsupportive rear seat” round out the publication’s biggest beefs with the Model 3.

Despite the big flaws the publication has with the Model 3, it did note the Model 3 is fun to drive and recorded the longest battery range recorded by an electric car, 350 miles.





 

About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. Andrew_L
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    Braking issue is odd. Did Tesla undersized the conventional brakes assuming that most braking would happen via regen? If so — that was dumb, but it should be an easy upgrade: might be as simple as a change in brake fluid to something with more heat resistance as it sounds like they might have been boiling the fluid.


    Or they could have cut corners to save some pennies since ya know they haven't made a profit ever.
    Tone
    Braking issue is odd. Did Tesla undersized the conventional brakes assuming that most braking would happen via regen? If so — that was dumb, but it should be an easy upgrade: might be as simple as a change in brake fluid to something with more heat resistance as it sounds like they might have been boiling the fluid.
    Andrew_L
    Aside from those faults I thought CR never recommends a first year model car.
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