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The yoke, Tesla's new steering wheel tested by Consumer Report and the findings are not encouraging vehicle Car News The price of uniqueness: Consumer Report sharply criticizes Tesla's "steering wheel" Hand pain, difficulty in handling turns, unwanted activation of buttons and more, Consumer Report reviewers' reviewers returned with lots of criticism and one compliment to Tesla's new "steering wheel" Tags Consumer Reports Tesla Keenan Cohen Sunday, 19 September 2021, 15:30 Updated: 16:16 Sh



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The price of uniqueness: Consumer Report sharply criticizes Tesla's "steering wheel"

Hand pain, difficulty in handling turns, unwanted activation of buttons and more, Consumer Report reviewers' reviewers returned with lots of criticism and one compliment to Tesla's new "steering wheel"

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Keenan Cohen

Sunday, 19 September 2021, 15:30 Updated: 16:16

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Along with fantastic performance, an advanced multimedia array, an outstanding level of safety, an impressive driving range and other areas, Tesla have always prided themselves on the human interface that their cars display.

It could be that this time this innovation has gone one step too far with the innovative steering wheel of the yoke maker that was originally offered as an option in the updated Model S and Model X.

However, according to the company's website in Israel, it seems to arrive as part of the car's standard equipment.



The square, topless steering wheel is reminiscent in its form of using Formula 1 aircraft and cars, for example.

The score on looking totally cool and getting you to say "I owe one" is totally at the top of the table, but when it comes to physical operation, to be proud of not being round, let alone incomplete - the problems begin.

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The signal, wipers and other controls are on the wheel (Photo: Manufacturer's website)

The American consumer magazine Cosiomer Report, known for its comprehensive product reviews, examined the new steering wheel and the opinions given by the experts and ten experimenters who used it covered a number of issues that were discovered in it.



The most prominent and obvious from Ilia was the one concerning the operation of the steering wheel in turns, which stems from the fact that it has no upper part and also due to the square structure of its lower part.

Unlike rudders with a truncated structure at the bottom, Tesla's has a completely flat and very wide structure.

As a result, the magazine's reviewers report that in many cases, reaching out to make a turn ended up exploring in the air, catching a corner or a flat part of the steering wheel.

Optional also in model X (Photo: manufacturer's website, manufacturer)

The new steering wheel structure also brings with it the abolition of the usual controls that accompany the steering wheel - signaling, wipers and control of the lights (although some of them have already been "moved" by the company to the main screen in some models). The usual levers are replaced by touch buttons on the steering wheel itself in a kind of "touch screen" on the sides of the steering wheel. Consumer Report examiners reported that they were sometimes activated unintentionally due to accidental clicking and that in the case of the horn it was difficult to find and activate them when needed. Some also explained the signaling button placement on a left-right wheel when the wheel is directed confusing and want to play them, but they actually turn in the opposite direction ...



the examiner was one of the ten wheel structure is too thick handles, while other examiners noted that it was the only point where they can The grip on the steering wheel was too thin. Others have reported pain in the hands after prolonged use due to the angle at which the joints are given during grip.



But on one compliment all the examiners agreed and it comes from the direction of the initial goal that was the basis of the steering wheel design - its structure allows for a smooth and uninterrupted view of the large dashboard in front of the driver.



Even with its introduction, it was not clear how the United States and other countries' transportation authorities would treat the unique structure of the steering wheel - so we have not yet heard the last word on the subject.

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