Well, that was fast.

After initially not receiving a recommendation by Consumer Reports (CR), Tesla acted fast to make some important fixes. One of the major issues was the Model 3's braking distance. In CR's testing, the Model 3 took about seven feet longer than a Ford F-150 to come to a complete stop.

Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, responded that the company would issue an over-the-air (OTA) update to remedy this. Initially, critics hammed it up and said it wasn't possible.

The update came and after re-testing, the Model 3 now stops in 133 feet, which is in line with other comparable entry-level luxury sedans. The OTA update accounted for a change of 19 feet from the initial distance.

In addition, CR has noticed that other complaint areas were changed as well — examples include the large screen's controls for the side mirrors and steering wheel.

According to CR, the publisher will continue testing the Model 3 and is also going to rent a later production Model 3 to see if other areas that were of concern have been addressed. Musk has noted the production line has been modified to address certain issues (e.g., wind noise, stiff ride, uncomfortable rear seat).

Consumer Reports now recommends the Tesla Model 3, after our testers found that a recent over-the-air (OTA) update improved the car’s braking distance by almost 20 feet.  

The software update came a week after Consumer Reports published test results that showed stopping distances for the Model 3 that were significantly longer than any other contemporary car. That braking performance, along with issues with the Model 3’s controls and ride comfort, initially prevented the car from getting a CR recommendation.

Last week, after CR’s road test was published, Tesla CEO Elon Musk vowed that the automaker would get a fix out within days...

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