Consumer Reports likes Tesla — again.
After snubbing the Tesla Model 3 earlier this year due to reliability issues perceived by owners, the organization announced on Thursday that both the Model 3 and the Model S have regained “recommended” status.
According to CR, its members reported fewer problems with stuck latches or malfunctioning doors on the Tesla Model 3, and fewer issues with paint and trim quality on the Model S. Generally, members reported fewer issues with body hardware for both Tesla models.
The organization originally gave extremely high scores to the Tesla Model S, awarding it 103 out of a maximum of 100 points in 2015. But as reports about reliability issues mounted, CR backtracked on its glowing recommendations. Early Model 3 vehicles were widely reported as problematic, partly due to Tesla’s “production hell” as the company ramped up production numbers.
Tesla’s Model X still isn’t recommended by CR, due to reports of “numerous problems,” such as issues with its falcon wing doors as well as various noises and leaks.
CR says that in-car electronics remain a weakness for all three Tesla models, but it also points out that the Model 3 and S score “consistently well” on road tests.
On CR‘s top lists, the Model S is now the second (out of four) most reliable ultra-luxury cars, while the Model 3 is fifth (out of twelve) most reliable luxury compact cars.