Tesla Model 3 critic has change of heart after test drive

After strongly criticizing the Tesla Model 3 for its build quality and alleged safety issues, Sandy Munro of Munro & Associates said that he and his team were actually impressed with the performance and driving capabilities of the mass market compact electric car.

Munro’s further observations on the Model 3 were featured in a new Autoline Network YouTube video, where the Detroit veteran took the electric car for a brief drive with host John McElroy. Quite unlike their first video, when the two automotive veterans almost had nothing positive to say about the electric car, Sandy Munro took an entirely different stance when talking about the actual capabilities of the vehicle.

While driving the vehicle around, Munro and McElroy immediately gave positive comments on the car’s simplistic, clean look. One thing that the Detroit veteran was particularly impressed with, however, was the Model 3’s HVAC system, which he called “brilliant.”

Munro did note, however, that the HVAC system’s onscreen controls take a few taps to access. He was also not a fan of the car’s 15-inch center console, which he believes can be detrimental to drivers. Overall, however, Munro stated that his team was impressed with how the car performed during driving tests on the Transportation Research Center, especially with regards to responsiveness and control.

“Actually, we kind of liked the car. It’s a very good drive. This is very responsive. You feel in control when you’re driving this car, and we like that a lot,” the Detroit veteran said.

Munro further asserted that his team was made up of seasoned auto professionals. Despite their experience in the auto industry, however, the Detroit veteran noted that his team was happy with the performance of the Model 3, particularly its acceleration and handling.  

“The acceleration, everybody loved. The handling, everybody loved.”

The Munro & Associates CEO also discussed his team’s other observations about the electric car, such as its under chassis and how it was evident that the Model 3’s design has allowances for a dual motor, all-wheel drive. Munro also discussed a noise his team reported from the car’s electric motor during high-speed driving. The auto veteran also mentioned that his team had developed a liking for the Model 3’s Sport Mode, which brings out the car’s true potential.

When the Autoline Network host asked Munro what he thought of the electric car’s overall driving capability, the Detroit veteran admitted that he actually liked the way the electric car carried itself on the road.

Munro asserted, however, that his team is still in the process of analyzing and testing the Model 3 and thus, the vehicle’s full scores and ratings are still up for question. For now, however, Munro noted that while the Model 3 failed in fit and finish, he is quite confident that the Model 3 scored well on an important metric — ride and drive.

“I like the drive, I did. I gave it pretty high marks. I know that nothing counts until we see all the profile tests and things like that, but for me, this was a pretty good experience. So I’m pretty hopeful and pretty confident that we’re gonna see a pretty good outcome on ride and drive.”

As we noted in a previous article, Munro gave the Model 3 a brutal critique of the car’s fit and finish and its safety features, even noting at one point that he could not imagine how Tesla could release such a vehicle to the market. The Munro & Associates CEO even remarked at one point that the Model 3, as a whole, was a miserable job that was created by “electronic snobs.” 

Simon Alvarez: Simon is a reporter with a passion for electric cars and clean energy. Fascinated by the world envisioned by Elon Musk, he hopes to make it to Mars (at least as a tourist) someday.
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