In a post, the organization says there’s a lot of like about the Model 3 but the car has some “big flaws” that kept it from earning a recommended rating. One of the biggest problems discovered by the group was an extremely long braking distance.
As Consumer Reports explains, the Model 3 required 152 feet (46.3 meters) to stop from 60 mph (96 km/h). The publication says this is “far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested” and about 7 feet (2.1 meters) longer than the Ford F-150.
Tesla, unsurprisingly, disputed this and claimed their tests have shown the car only needs 133 feet (40.5 meters) to stop from 60 mph (96 km/h). A Tesla spokesperson added stopping distances depend on a variety of factors including weather conditions, the temperature and the road surface – among other things.
Consumer Reports is sticking to their finding as they explained the “test is based on an industry-standard procedure designed by SAE International” and the test was conducted multiple times with a cool down period in between runs. However, the group noted their first test resulted in a distance of around 130 feet (39.6 meters) but they weren’t able to replicate that distance even after allowing the brakes to cool overnight. CR managed to obtain a second Model 3 to verify their findings and the organization says the results with that car were “almost identical” to the first.
Besides the long braking distances, the Model 3 was criticized for placing virtually all controls and displays within the vehicle’s 15-inch touchscreen. Consumer Reports also wasn’t a fan of the car’s stiff ride, unsupportive rear seats and excessive wind noise.
The news wasn’t all bad as the organization was impressed by the car’s handling and performance. The Model 3 also posted the longest range of any electric vehicle tested by Consumer Reports as it was able to travel 350 miles (563 km) on a single charge.