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2013 Tesla Model S: Its Door Handles Drive Me Nuts

June 26, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

Seems I'm in the minority regarding the door handles of our long-term 2013 Tesla Model S. You see, I cannot stand them. That motorized feature is goofy and unnecessary, serving only to provide a gee-whiz impression the first time you use them and after that the novelty is gone and then they're simply a potential trouble spot. They lack tactility, as there's a delay between when you tug and when the solenoid fires, so the door feels as though it sticks slightly. Not a lux vibe, that.

But worst of all, they conduct heat like you would not believe. The other day, after sitting in the morning sun for just a couple of hours, the handle grew so hot it was essentially untouchable. Yowza!

The Tesla's door handles strike me as one of those ideas that wasn't really thought through.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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