Just last week, Consumer Reports said it wouldn't recommend the Tesla Model 3, after testing revealed some odd behaviour under brakes. A previous test found that it took 152 feet for the Model 3 compact auto to stop from 60, the longest braking distance of any modern vehicle the magazine has tested.
An influential American consumer magazine has reversed an earlier unfavourable review on the Tesla Model 3 to recommend the electric auto.
While the influential magazine said the vehicle has exhilarating acceleration and handling, testers were troubled by its 152-foot average stopping distance from 60 miles per hour in emergency braking tests.
Tesla is now struggling to make enough Model 3 cars to keep up with demand and turn a profit, something CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly said will happen this year.
Consumer Reports has agreed to rent another Model 3 from Tesla to update its findings in those areas, though they won't affect the car's overall score, because Consumer Reports only publishes formal ratings on cars that it has been able to buy independently.
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While others, such as Edmunds, have complained about problems with their Model 3s, Consumer Reports bases its reliability recommendations on a collection of reader surveys, not on its own test cars.
While the Model 3 is now recommended, the magazine still had issues with the vehicle's ride, wind noise and uncomfortable rear seat. Musk also suggested the car's 15-inch touchscreen display could receive an over-the-air update to make it easier to use.
"I've been at CR for 19 years and tested more than 1,000 cars, and I've never seen a vehicle that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update", said Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. Musk said in his tweet that user interface improvements are "coming via remote software update later this month".
'Firmware fix for upgraded brake performance on standard Model 3 started rolling out yesterday, ' he tweeted. "Road noise and ride comfort already addressed too". Tesla says the Model 3 will go from 60 miles per hour to a standstill in around 133 feet.
Shares of Tesla jumped almost 3.5% after the report was released by the consumer organization Wednesday. CR's results seem to indicate that the update worked, though the publication noted that it doesn't quite live up to Musk's promise because, "the braking performance is not class-leading".