Tesla Model 3 brake update wows as test complaint fixed

Tesla Model 3 brake update wows as test complaint fixed

The update has since been completed and shipped, and now Consumer Reports is both confirming that Tesla managed to improve the car's braking distance by 20 feet and it says it's giving the Model 3 its highly sought-after recommendation - even while it hopes Tesla will also do more to improve the car's center-mounted touch controls, which its testers worry are hard to use while driving. In testing, the Model 3 needed as much as 152 feet to stop, which the publication said, "was far worse than any contemporary vehicle we've tested" - and 9 feet longer than it took to stop a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk vowed that Tesla would fix the issue in a matter of days.

Consumer Reports said it was getting a 152-ft average stopping distance from 60 miles per hour, while Tesla claimed an average of 133 feet in their own tests.

Only about a week after the independent review publication Consumer Reports determined it couldn't recommend the all-electric Tesla Model 3 sedan, it's flipped. Of the 57 hybrid and electric vehicles Consumer Reports has reviewed, it ranked the Tesla Model 3 sixth, behind the front-running 2018 Toyota Prius. This enabled the auto to receive a recommended rating.

The reversal - not the first time CR has done this with a Tesla vehicle - followed a public argument on Twitter between the consumer organization and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who described the initial review as "very unusual". Rather, he said that the issue could very well be resolved via an over-the-air software update.

Tesla Motors unveiled its lower-priced Model 3 sedan at the Tesla Motors design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., in March 2016.

Despite the thumb's up from Consumer Reports, Tesla remains under scrutiny for a number of accidents involving its vehicles' "Autopilot" system.

"Looks like this can be fixed with a firmware update", Musk said. According to the magazine, the recent OTA update already rolled out some changes to the electric car's controls.

"Braking & UI upgrades apply to all Model 3s". Bloomberg estimates the company is churning out 1,489 Model 3's per week - less than half Tesla's goal of 5,000 per week.

Consumer Reports also said Tesla appeared to be making some changes to its control interface, something it's able to do thanks to the large touchscreen.