Consumer Reports recently purchased a 2021 Tesla Model S for our test program, which now features a steering yoke rather than a traditional circular steering wheel. We share our first impressions on what it is like to use this steering input on the highway, in the driveway, and in crowded parking lots. We also discuss the other big changes to this vehicle, including its lack of directional and wiper stalks (now a touch-sensitive button on the yoke), horn placement (also a touch button), and touchscreen/predictive gear shifting mechanism.
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00:00 – Introduction
00:29 – 2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke Impressions
06:17 – Driving Tesla Model S
12:11 – Steering Wheel Controls
15:01 – Gear Selector
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