Consumer Reports strips Tesla Model 3 and others of recommendations

Marco Green
February 21, 2019

Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn't going to like this. "CR members reported these results in our annual reliability survey, which includes data on about 470,000 vehicles", Patrick Olsen of Consumer Reports said.

Consumer Reports on Thursday said it would no longer recommend Tesla's signature Model 3 based on reliability issues, a development that led to a decline in the electric-carmaker's stock price.

Among the issues highlighted by the nonprofit ranking outlet - gathered through a Spring survey of its members - are problems with vehicles' hardware and electronic troubles, including defective touch screens.

The recommendation, which was given to the Model 3 a year ago following an over-the-air update that improved the car's brakes, was reportedly pulled over reliability issues raised by numerous owners of the electric sedan. It's just one element used to calculate an overall score, which takes into account performance in road tests, government crash tests, warning and crash prevention systems and capabilities, and reliability and satisfaction ratings from the Auto Survey. On the flip side, the BMW X3, Genesis G90 and Lincoln Nautilus (formerly the MKX) claimed recommendations after owners suggested reliability had improved. At least Tesla's not alone.

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