Consumer Reports Change Course on Tesla Model 3
Consumer Reports has changed their rating for the Tesla Model 3 from disapproval to approval after the company improved the car’s braking performance remotely through a software update.
“What we found was the braking distances were pretty long, about 152 feet from 60MPH at an emergency stop. That’s more like what you would see out of a pickup truck, not a compact sports sedan,” said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports.
Tesla found out that Consumer Reports was not recommending the vehicle and made some changes remotely, cutting 20 feet from the distance to stop. This improvement enabled Consumer Reports to change their rating of the car.
Fisher explained, “Tesla listened to these results, they found the problem, and they were able to update the vehicles remotely with an over the air update.”
He goes on to explain that this is the first time he’s seen a company improve their car this significantly through software. “I’ve never seen anything like this, where you could actually update a braking performance. I mean, that’s something that a lot of people really didn’t think was possible,” he said.
Although the car has other flaws, Fisher said the braking update raised the vehicle’s overall score high enough to earn a recommendation from Consumer Reports.