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Tesla vehicle reviews are probably one of the most useless things to read, in my own opinion, especially if they’re coming from a large group or institution that has interests that anyone can find out through money. Earlier this week, Edmunds penned a scathing review of the Model S Plaid, calling it a “waste of money” and saying it was nothing more than a marketing tool to make an old vehicle relevant once again. Despite these words, which caught the attention of many readers within the first 48 hours, the Edmonds driver couldn’t erase the big, bright smile from his face as he felt the vehicle’s instant torque take off like a rollercoaster.
For such a waste, it certainly brings great joy to Edmunds employees. Of course, whether an automobile is “good” or not is not necessarily the vehicle’s performance. If the car is fast, people will love it because fast cars are just fun, whether you’re a driver or a passenger. However, reviews of electric cars, especially Teslas, don’t get a fair amount of shock, and aren’t necessarily anyone’s fault. Instead, I see it as an opportunity for people to put their opinions out there without talking in general terms or getting their point across to the truth. Of course, you can say the same about this newsletter.
To me, an understanding of electric cars, Teslas in particular requires someone experienced and thorough understanding of what’s going on under the hood (I use that term loosely now) because the basics of what you’re driving Without understanding, you are not really qualified to speak on this. Additionally, whether something is a “waste of money” really comes down to the consumer. If you’re buying a Model S Plaid for the performance stats, you’re getting the world’s fastest car for millions of dollars less than its competitors. Sure, if you’re buying it for the range and for the daily driver, it might be considered “waste” as the long range variant is a better option. However, some people realize that they will not have their money forever, and that the additional $40,000 cost is simply arbitrary in their view.
To me, there are a lot of factors as to why reviews are meaningless when it comes to certain cars, especially with faster cars. I’ll discuss some of them here, and I look forward to hearing from you along with others.
When a product gets a negative review or pushback of some sort, Tesla fans are quick to point out. Many of them actually claim within interests without doing their own due diligence, claiming that some entities have oil money or anything else that the mind can decipher. Sometimes, though, they don’t go away. CarMax bought Edmunds back in April, meaning the company is no longer independent and owned by a larger company with ties to Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Nissan.
It is always important to see what interests certain entities when talking about a car or a product. That’s all, those who have the ability to put their name on an article or video and digest millions of people, have a responsibility to remain partial. It doesn’t always work that way.
Opinion Points on Features
This is one of my biggest points. Edmonds was quick to dismiss the usefulness of the yoke, claiming that “the yoke was a joke.” Yes, he really wrote like this on Twitter.
The Tesla Model S Plaid is nothing more than a marketing exercise designed to draw attention to an aging car. Besides, the yoke is a joke. Our full review of the fastest car ever: https://t.co/f1SkdDmRhI pic.twitter.com/A1UUKWODEV
— edmunds (@edmunds) September 7, 2021
The thing is, I’ve monitored the yoke since it was being included in the Model S, and while I’ve talked to several government agencies and Tesla employees about the yoke, the wheel is really a personal choice. The car is clearly built for performance, and performance vehicles, especially open-wheeled cars, such as the F1 series vehicles, use a yoke for full control at high speeds. It’s likely that Tesla didn’t go with the yoke for this reason, but it may have included it as a hint towards a future steering wheel-less cockpit. That’s my view, anyway, especially as the company moves toward autonomy.
I’ve never met a person who disliked driving a yoke because of its worth.
Of course, there are some personal preferences involved in a review, and this is expected. However, to slash a vehicle like this which is the most advanced car on the market in terms of software, performance and technology, smells like this. too many opinions, For me. Stick to the facts, is this a good car? Is it functional? Does it do what the automaker said it would do?
Cars built to be tested individually
The most logical way to know if the car is for you is to drive it yourself. You should never be completely carried away by someone else’s opinion. There is no point in doing so. If the cars were to be bought based on someone else’s experience, no one would drive a PT Cruiser (they’re so ugly), and everyone would drive what someone else wanted to drive. Let’s not forget: Cars, while a meaningful part of life because they take us to work, events, and anywhere we need to go, are supposed to be enjoyable and fun. No one on this earth wants to drive a car they hate if they don’t have to. Hell, I hated it when my dad bought me a 2003 Taurus in college because my Jetta died. It was like sailing a boat. I was ashamed of the rotten blue. I hated the seats, the stereo, and in the winter, I had to put one hand on the driver’s door because the latch didn’t work, and the part was on backorder. There’s nothing like driving the interstate to get to orbit on time and keeping the door closed for dear life hoping you don’t roll out. I had no other choice, I was a broke college kid, and it was a car that got me from Point A to Point B. But I would never drive a car I hate.
The thing is, I went to high school with someone who was in love with their 2003 Taurus. He talked about its powerful V6 engine and its fine leather interior. It was a car he enjoyed. I bet it was a good car, I didn’t like it.
It gets to my point: Just because someone else hates it and thinks it’s a pile of junk doesn’t mean it really is. This is just an opinion. Do you want to know whether the car is good or not? Try it yourself and tell your friends what you think about it. Your opinion of the car will not change their opinion.
I will say this: We need to have these pieces of literature to show us the negatives of the car. Such as if the software isn’t great, or the touchscreen isn’t very responsive, or if the center console doesn’t play properly. They are understandable pieces of criticism, but none of them are opinions. If the software isn’t good, people will see it. This can prevent them from buying a car ahead of time.
That being said, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest the Plaid Model S is a great vehicle, and there’s plenty of other evidence that suggests Tesla has things to work on. Whichever side of the ball you’re on, trust your opinion, but be open to what others have to say. Additionally, take the final decision regarding the car at your own time, don’t be swayed by someone else’s point of view. That way you end up with something you don’t really enjoy driving.
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