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Odd steering wheel and controls trip up Tesla, rivals -Consumer Reports

DETROIT : Automakers are adopting new expertise and designs for car controls quicker than ever, however that doesn’t at all times make shoppers comfortable, based on a brand new rating of automotive manufacturers by Consumer Reports.

Tesla Inc’s new “yoke” steering wheel put in in Model S sedans and Model X sport utility autos is so troublesome to make use of that it dropped probably the most invaluable automaker’s place within the Consumer Reports annual automobile model rankings by seven spots to twenty third place – beneath common, the unbiased testing group mentioned on Thursday.

“It makes driving these vehicles frustrating all the time,” mentioned Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports.

The extra typical Tesla Model 3 is ranked as “average” by Consumer Reports.

Overall, Fisher mentioned, “reliability has to do with the frequency of unrolling new expertise. The manufacturers on the high are inclined to very methodically roll out new expertise.”

Japan’s Subaru Corp was No. 1 in the latest Consumer Reports ranking – a brand known for efficient all-wheel drive systems and safety-oriented marketing but not for pushing technology to the edge.

Other mainstream brands including Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Ford earned above-average scores on the brand ranking.

“There is not a lot daylight between mainstream manufacturers and luxurious manufacturers,” Fisher said. “These luxurious automakers attempt to differentiate themselves” with new designs for controls or complex dashboard displays, Fisher said. “They make the driving expertise extra anxious.”

(Reporting by Joe White in Detroit; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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