Consumer Reports Doesn’t Recommend the New Tesla Model Y and Model X (Again)

Another day, another lackluster review for Tesla electric SUVs. This time, Consumer Reports tested both the Tesla Model Y and the Model X but were not impressed with either. What happened with these popular electric vehicles and why didn’t the Teslas make the grade?

What didn’t Consumer Reports like on the Tesla Model Y electric SUV?

Consumer Reports doesn't recommend the new Tesla Model Y and Model X
Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend the new Tesla Model Y and Model X | Tesla

The coveted “recommended” label from Consumer Reports hasn’t come easy to the Tesla brand. With various quality control issues and other problems, the Tesla electric vehicles often fall below average when tested. The new Tesla Model Y went through CR’s rigorous testing and came out with an overall score of 56. While it received the “green choice” recommendation, that’s about all.

Currently, the 2022 Tesla Model Y has a recall for the suspension. “Suspension links that separate can reduce vehicle stability and control, increasing the risk of a crash,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes. On the overall test, Consumer Reports scored the Model Y a 56 out of 100. The road test score was a respectable 90 out of 100, and the predicted owner satisfaction came in at a perfect five out of five. However, the predicted reliability scored a one out of five.

As far as safety features go, the list is pretty short. Tesla has its version of active safety features, including cameras and radar, which makes the usual list of safety features barren. Lane departure warning (LDW) is standard.

While it doesn’t have any recalls, the Tesla Model X still failed to impress

The new Tesla Model X also received the “green choice” notation, which was nice of Consumer Reports. The Model X only received a score of 46 overall, coming in 10 points below the already-low score for the Model Y. The road test score was a respectable 83 out of 100. CR said it was “one of the more agile SUVs” on the market and offered drivers “quick and effortless acceleration.”

The predicted owner satisfaction score came in at four out of five. The predicted reliability only came in at one out of five. Under the safety features section, the Tesla Model X is a bit more equipped. Forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), pedestrian detection, and LDW are standard.

“With enough gee-whiz gizmos to give William Gibson a thrill, the X seemingly sacrifices practicality and pragmatism for the purpose of showboating,” Consumer Reports said. Comparing it to the Tesla Model S sedan, CR says the Model X just doesn’t hold a candle to it.

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On the list of 27 luxury compact SUVs, Consumer Reports ranked the Model Y 14th. With a base MSRP of $58,990 to $63,990 and climbing, there are better options out there for much less. Consumer Reports recommends the 2022 BMW X3, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the Cadillac XT5 over the Model Y.

On the list of luxury midsize SUVs, the Model X came in 19th. The base MSRP for the X is pretty steep, coming in at $104,990 to $119,990. Consumer Reports recommends the 2022 BMW X5, Lexus RX L, and Lexus GX over the X in the same price range. For now, it seems that the reliability ship has sailed for the Model X and Model Y electric SUVs. Better luck next year, Tesla.