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2013 Tesla Model S: Steering Wheel Controls

March 3, 2014

2013 Tesla Model S

It seems I have something against steering wheel controls lately. I last complained about the button layout in our Mazda 3. This time, it's our 2013 Tesla Model S.

As you may know, Tesla sourced some of the buttons and controls from Mercedes-Benz. Smart move, because they feel premium with a satisfying heft and click. I'm guessing the buttons on the steering wheel weren't, though, because they feel light and wobbly. The scrolling wheel selector between them feels premium, at least.

Definitely not a deal breaker, just more nitpicking.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 18,900 miles

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By duck87
on 03/03/14
8:12 AM PST

If those buttons have been updated, perhaps you can ask them to change it for you. It's not like they haven't already replaced half the car.

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By blueprint1
on 03/04/14
11:37 AM PST

So, is the car back with its new motor, battery, wheel studs, rear tires, etc.? Pretend you're still at InsideLine and report more often...

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