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. For the full story, check out this article and video from Road & Track.