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Listen to Consumer Reports Roast Tesla's Steering Yoke

Road & Track logo Road & Track 9/17/2021 Brian Silvestro
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Independent testing firm Consumer Reports recently purchased a 2022 Tesla Model S equipped with the car's new controversial "yoke" steering wheel, which, instead of a traditional wheel, is shaped like a square and resembles the type of steering mechanism you'd find on an airplane. In a video published Thursday, CR outlined its initial likes and dislikes (but mostly dislikes) about the yoke and the rest of the car so far.

While the yoke looks cool and improves cabin visibility, Consumer Reports found the design awkward to use, especially while performing tight maneuvers where multiple turns are needed. Not entirely surprising given the yoke's shape.

Consumer Reports also took issue with the touch sensitive buttons on the wheel used for turn signals and the horn. It found that in some cases, the driver had to look down to make sure the correct signal button was being pressed, and that you might find the signals reversed if the wheel is upside down. It didn't like where the horn button was positioned, suggesting it would be tough to find quickly in an emergency situation. "It's all pretty confusing," says the narrator in the video above.

a man sitting in a car: The industry's leading independent testing firm has very few good things to say about Tesla's funky steering system. © Consumer Reports - YouTube The industry's leading independent testing firm has very few good things to say about Tesla's funky steering system.

The firm is quick to point out these are only its initial thoughts. Those familiar with Consumer Reports know that each car it purchases goes through dozens of tests that span thousands of miles. We're curious to see its final thoughts after some time behind the "yoke."

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