"CR is pleased that Tesla is taking our braking test results seriously, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing Jake Fisher told Fox News". For Tesla buyers it could start to phase out some time this year, depending on how quickly the automaker can deliver cars.
"Our testers found flaws - big flaws - such as long stopping distances in our emergency braking test and difficult-to-use controls", wrote Patrick Olsen.
As Musk himself hints in a series of tweets, Tesla is looking to take on the established BMW M3 with its new Model 3, as the company looks to move towards profitability after a range of issues around its production line.
While the magazine said the auto has exhilarating acceleration and handling, testers were troubled by its 152-foot average stopping distance from 60 miles per hour in emergency braking tests. There's a chance the publication could recommend the vehicle if its overall score improves enough following an over-the-air software update that Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk tweeted about Monday.
While these conclusions by Consumer Reports sound pretty favorable, the Model 3 still fell short of a Recommended rating for a number of reasons. Musk's tweets revealed some vital stats on the forthcoming all-wheel-drive versions of the Tesla Model 3 and several other newsworthy bits to boot.
"In addition, the Model 3 set a range record in CR testing".
Other factors not related to performance stats also rubbed Consumer Reports the wrong way.
In her since-deleted tweet, Grimes was responding to a fan who requested that she "ask Elon to let his workers unionize". Not only did CR call the touchscreen "distracting", but they point out that nearly all the car's controls and displays are on a center touchscreen, with no gauges on the dash, and few buttons inside the auto.
Test drivers found the distance required for the Model 3 to decelerate from 60-0 miles per hour was 152 feet compared to an average of 131 feet with other luxury compact sedans (and 7 feet more than the stopping distance of a Ford F-150 full-sized pickup).
The magazine also said almost all of the Model 3's controls are on a center touch screen direction with no gauges on the dashboard and few buttons inside the vehicle.
"These performance and ergonomic problems were serious downsides to an otherwise impressive performance sedan", the magazine concluded.