The updated Tesla Model S probably would have garnered the highest road-test score we’ve ever recorded if it weren’t for its new yoke-style steering wheel. The yoke—similar to the half steering wheel pilots use to control airplanes—and the other control changes that come with it, bring major compromises in usability, maneuverability, and comfort. It’s a shame, because the fully-electric Model S is otherwise a truly amazing car.
For starters, the Long Range model we purchased is the quickest car we’ve ever tested, scorching from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The thrilling acceleration from the 670 horsepower is immediate, seamless, nearly silent and, unlike many electric vehicles which lose steam at higher speeds, the power and forcefulness of the Model S just keeps going and going. All-wheel drive is standard, thanks to the two electric motors—one driving the front wheels, the other driving the rears.