Consumer Reports tests the Tesla yoke – hate it

When Tesla first showed images of its yoke-style steering “wheel” for the updated Model S and Model X, critics, including us, were almost universally skeptical. Most of the snap decisions had to do with the inability to shake hand-to-hand in a consistent manner while turning. However, after some real world testing, consumer Reports Turns out it is actually much worse than those initial observations had predicted.

Of course, 10 test drivers Ten million Clearly confirmed – that it was easy for the hands to slip off the wheel during the turn. The hand-over-hand motion that has been at the core of driving since ancient times was difficult to execute, not only because the top part of the wheel was absent, but because it has a square shape at the bottom. While many sports cars have a flat-bottom steering wheel, Teslas have a longer and wider horizontal base than those. Ten million Found that when combined with the missing top section, a simple twist meant you could reach for a corner, a flat section, or grab nothing. Each action requires a different degree of exertion.

And this is just the beginning. Ten million found that the unconventional shape also made it difficult to find a comfortable resting position. Instead, it forces drivers to grip the yoke handle tightly, which, incidentally, is poor padding. One tester reported that the grip was too thick for his hands, which appeared to have been engineered for larger mitts. Diverse Ten million Testers reported complaints about arm pain after a long trip.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the yoke design dispenses with the traditional stalk for turn signals, wipers, and high beams. Instead, the controls for all those functions, as well as the horn, are located on flat touch-sensitive pads on the spokes of the yoke. As a result, Ten million They were both found to be unintentionally easily activated (bad for high beams) and hard to find when you need them (bad for horns).

Testers often had to take their eyes off the road to see the pad. We’re big fans of tactile feedback, and argue that the proper number should be zero for these to work. The turn signal design flaw was compounded by their location on the spokes, such that when turning the yoke the right turn signal “button” may actually be on the left and vice versa.

When the gambling was first revealed, we were told you could still opt for a traditional wheel, but CR says that’s not the case, which seems to have originated on Tesla’s website. Buy a Model S or Model X, and that’s what you’ll have to work with.

Ten million Got one semi-positive thing to say. With the top section removed, viewing the instrument screen was made easier. However, the bottom right corner of the yoke blocked part of the center touchscreen. by Elon Musk said A full view of the instrument screen was a major factor in turning it into a gamble, but the other tradeoffs certainly don’t seem worth it. There’s a reason for the advice, “don’t reinvent the wheel.”

Be sure to check out Consumer Reports for the full account.

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