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Tesla Model 3 brake update cuts stopping distance by 20 feet

by Justin King

The Model 3 has consequently gained a recommendation from Consumer Reports.

The Tesla Model 3 has received a Consumer Reports recommendation after receiving an over-the-air update for improved braking performance.

The magazine initially declined to recommend the Model 3 after measuring an inconsistent braking distance, requiring up to 152 feet to stop from 60 mph -- seven feet longer than a full-size F-150 pickup and 25 feet longer than Tesla's own Model X.

After retesting the Model 3 with new software, the stopping distance was slashed to 133 feet.

"I've been at CR for 19 years and tested more than 1,000 cars, and I've never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update," says CR auto testing director Jake Fisher.

The company also claims to have addressed several other complaints related to wind noise, ride harshness and rear-seat comfort, however CR has not yet rented a newer Model 3 to confirm that the latest production cars deliver the promised improvements.

Ride comfort & aero/road noise already better than CR car, which was early production. Wish we could make the car perfect from day 1, but there's always room for improvement. Highly recommend dropping tire pressure 10% below max to ~39 psi for comfort. Only affects range by ~2%.

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