Tesla Model 3 sets CR's range record, fails brake and ride quality tests

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    Product testing magazine Consumer Reports recently evaluated the Tesla Model 3. While the compact electric car impressed in range and handling, the vehicle’s problems with its brakes and ride quality ultimately prevented the Model 3 from earning a recommendation from the magazine.

    In a recent report, Consumer Reports noted that there was “plenty to like” about the compact electric car, such as its zippy handling and its impressive speed. The magazine even stated that performance-wise, the Model 3 could be a competitor to the BMW’s 3 Series and the Audi A4 - ICE vehicles that are famed for their performance. Despite this, however, CR’s evaluators noticed several considerable flaws with the vehicle.

    According to CR, one of the most notable flaws of the Model 3 lies in its brakes. The magazine stated that the Model 3 has a stopping distance of 152 feet from 60 mph, a full 25 feet longer than the figures of its larger, heavier sibling, the Tesla Model X. Overall, CR noted that the Model 3’s stopping distance, is “far worse than any contemporary car” that Consumer Reports has tested.

    CR’s brake tests are based on an industry-standard procedure designed by SAE International, a global engineering association. The magazine’s testers accelerate to 60 mph, then slam on the brakes to the distance the car needs before it comes to a complete stop. According to Consumer Reports, the Model 3’s brakes continued to perform poorly even after letting the electric car rest overnight.

    A Tesla spokesperson has issued a statement regarding the results of the Model 3’s brake test results.

    “Unlike other vehicles, Tesla is uniquely positioned to address more corner cases over time through over-the-air software updates, and it continually does so to improve factors such as stopping distance,” the Tesla spokesperson said.

    Apart from poor brakes, the Model 3 was also weighed down in CR’s testing by its touchscreen controls. The Model 3 utilizes a single, center-mounted 15-inch panel as a means for drivers and passengers to interact with the vehicle. According to Consumer Reports, however, interacting with the touch panel forces drivers to take their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel. Lastly, CR also noted that the Model 3 features a stiff ride, unsupportive rear seats and excessive wind noise at highway speeds.

    Nevertheless, Consumer Reports did state that the Model 3 is an “otherwise impressive sedan,” exhibiting a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds. The handling of the vehicle was praised as well, with CR comparing it to the Porsche Boxster. The magazine further noted that the Model 3 set a new record for range among the electric vehicles it has tested, managing 350 miles on a single charge with regenerative braking. Without regen, the Model 3 was still able to travel 310 miles per charge, well in line with Tesla’s own estimates for the vehicle.

    Earlier this year, Tesla has managed to take a spot in Consumer Reports’ Top 10 list of Car Brands. The Elon Musk-led company is the lone American automaker in CR’s Top 10 list, with the Model S gaining a 4/5 predicted reliability score, a perfect 5/5 for predicted owner satisfaction, and a perfect 100 rating on the road test.

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  2. Bernard

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    The issues with ride quality and screen interaction have been discussed at length, but the issue with braking is new to me. Tesla's response seems to indicate they can fix it if they want to -- but there is more to safe braking than the min. braking distance from 60 down to 0 in straight line.
     
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    We have had our M3 for almost a month, and just finished a trip from SF to LA and back yesterday. The issue with the brakes is news to me and I would like to hear from Tesla on that. Seems like a safety issue.

    I have to agree with CR about the wind noise and hard ride. We will love the car, but I think CR is correct about these issues.
     
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    Never liked that single point of contact in the cockpit of the 3. Whether or not dashboard instrument clusters are efficient in an electric car, it's still way more esthetically pleasing than that 15" computer monitor in the middle of the car. This doesn't have to be an either or, you can have both - instrument clusters in the dash and a robust interactive central monitor.

    I just hope they figure it out by the time the Model Y comes out. That's my vehicle!
     
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    I wish the article would go into more specifics about CR\'s complaint of having to take the hands off the steering wheel to operate various functions on the screen. All normal functions are available at the steering wheel or by voice command. At the very least you only need to take one hand off not both hands to operate screen functions.

    Excessive breaking distance would seem to be a serious oversight on Tesla\'s part. I suspect the Anti-lock system is to aggressive, and yes this could be addressed buy an over the air software update.

    Tesla has chosen to save a bundle of money by not having a lot of buttons and switches on the dash. A cost savings which I approve of, what alternative features would you prefer to be eliminated instead?
     
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    I agree; it sounds like they need to tweak the ABS settings...which would also explain how they think they can improve it with a software update. But I'm surprised that they released the car in the first place with significantly sub-optimal braking settings, especially since Elon and Tesla are always touting their focus on safety.

    As for the Model 3 center console...I really wish they would offer a heads-up display for the driver as an OPTION. I think it would satisfy all parties...those that want to save the most money can skip it, whereas those who argue for safety and convenience could pay a little more for the HUD while we all wait for full self-driving functionality. But for some reason, they didn't ask for my input! :p
     
  7. Bob Hinden

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    I am fine with the speed and other status items in the upper left part of the screen. It was easy to get used that. My issues with the touch screen are the navigation directions in the upper right had side of the map, I find that hard to see without turning my head, it would be better to have it on the left side of the map. Also too many things require several actions to control, like opening the glove box. Even changing the temperature is a little challenging when you are driving.
     

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