Consumer Reports has announced that it is lowering its rating of the Tesla Model S and X models, since both models fail to offer automatic emergency braking, something that Tesla said would arrive by the end of 2016. The updated ratings brings the Model S down from its top spot among ultraluxury sedans, but its even worse for the Model X, which is now near the bottom of its rivals.

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In response to the Consumer Reports updated ratings, Tesla has started rolling out its automatic emergency braking technology on vehicles equipped with the second-generation Autopilot 2.0 hardware via an over-the-air update. The Autopilot 2.0 system hardware started to be installed on the Model S and X, last October, but the initial software was less advanced than would be needed for fully autonomous driving.

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Tesla had been in communication with Consumer Reports about the emergency braking technology over the last few months, but the automaker did not make significant efforts to add it to the Model S and X. “When we purchased our latest test car, we were assured automatic emergency braking would be enabled by the end of 2016,” Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center, said in the report. “We’ve been waiting for this important safety feature, which is standard equipment on much cheaper cars.”

Once the vehicles are equipped with the automatic braking technology, Consumer Reports is going to re-evaluate the scores for both Tesla models.



  1. The idea of grading something before actually testing it was horse crap to begin with. This makes your company look completely stupid. I’m sure people brought this car base on your false ratings, and get this you still have to re-test the car once it gets the promised technology so you could of just did this from go.

    • You are mistaken Pnutt. CR has reviewed these Teslas but AEB is an important feature to at least offer according to CR. Tesla has not fulfilled their promise to make the AEB available so cr is shaming them and lowering their scores.
      No automaker can respond quicker to issues like these then Tesla so I’m confident that Tesla will fulfill their promise to cr very soon and the scores will be better again before July.

  2. Bravo Consumer Reports! Tesla is a great company with great products but that doesn’t mean they don’t have faults. All can improve! I’m surprised and disappointed that Tesla has not made AEB standard on Tesla vehicles this year…it should be.


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