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You can't please all the people all of the time.
The Tesla Model 3 fell short of a recommendation from Consumer Reports, the outlet said today. CR pointed out plenty of positive things, like its range, acceleration and handling. But, in the end, "big flaws" prevented the most affordable Tesla to date from earning the company's official recommendation.
Matter - Brakes - CR - Brakes - Stops
First, there was the matter of the brakes. CR tests the brakes over multiple stops from 60 mph, and the first attempt yielded a 130-foot stop, in line with Tesla's estimates. However, subsequent brake tests returned results as long as 152 feet, which CR said "was far worse than any contemporary car we've tested."
Consumer Reports even went as far as to borrow a second, privately owned vehicle (CR purchases all the vehicles it tests), which provided the same results -- a solid first stop, followed by a precipitous increase in stopping distance, even after letting the brakes cool overnight. The stops were about 21 feet beyond the class average overall.
Model - Track - Brake - Pad - Upgrade
If you plan on driving your Model 3 aggressively (ideally on the track), it might behoove you to investigate a brake pad upgrade.
"Tesla's own testing has found braking distances with an average of 133 feet when conducting the 60-0-mph stops using the 18-inch Michelin all season tire and as low as 126 feet with all tires currently available," said a Tesla spokesperson in a statement. "Stopping distance results are affected by variables such as road surface, weather conditions, tire temperature, brake conditioning, outside temperature, and past driving behavior that may have affected...
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