The Tesla Model S Plaid 2022 Steering Yoke: A Review of the Pros and Cons
There have been quite a few attempts over time to reinvent the steering wheel. Now comes the airplane-style yoke – or is it a bloated Formula 1 wheel or, well, just do your own favorite comparison here – in the 2022 Tesla Model S Throw.
Depending on who you talk to, sources at Tesla say the yoke replaced the steering wheel found in older Model S cars for several reasons. Some attribute a desire to improve visibility both through the windshield and from the dashboard. Others say it provides a better “autopilot” experience, helping to bridge the gap between today’s cars and an imagined autonomous future. Others say it happened simply because Tesla chief Elon Musk and lead designer Franz von Holzhausen wanted it. Regardless of why the Model S now has a yoke, we’ve been living with it for over a week. during our test of Plaid model S 2022, and here’s what we think.
It’s not that revolutionary
To the average person accustomed to a traditional round steering wheel, the Plaid’s yoke may seem like a radical departure from the norm: it’s shaped like a rectangle with rounded edges and two pistol grips, and it replaces traditional joysticks. by tactile buttons and two scroll wheels. But once you get your hands on it, most of the time it looks a lot like an aggressive flat rim steering wheel like you would find in a Ford GT, Chevrolet Corvette, or some other supercar — in fact, it feels like a lot like the Corvettes “squirm“, provided you weren’t looking for a superior rim. And as a bonus, it sits inside the significantly upgraded interior of the” 22 Model S “.
What are all the buttons for?
Like in a mid-engined supercar, the cylinder head knobs on the Tesla Model S Plaid 2022 replace all your typical stems mounted on the steering column. On the left side of the Tesla’s yoke are left and right turn signal buttons; by tapping on one of them, the signal flashes once and by pressing harder, the signal is fully activated. Pressing again turns it off. We would rather have the signal flash three times for a lane change when you press it, rather than flash once, but regardless of the signal buttons it is very easy to get used to.
A headlight button is located above the turn signal controls. Tap or tap it to flash the lights and bring up a menu on the center infotainment screen, which you can tap to select a light setting. We want the headlight button to work like the wiper button on the opposite side of the yoke: press once for a wiper sweep, press and hold to spray and clean the windshield, or press and use the left scroll wheel to scroll through the wiper settings.
The other two remaining yoke buttons, both on the right side, control the horn and push button. That last feature was disappointing: Model S is able to adjust the cabin temperature when you say something youthful like “My balls are hot” – yes, really – but it can’t select a radio station when you say something akin to, “Select 95.5 FM. ”
The other two controls on the yoke are scroll wheels. The one on the left usually works as a volume when you scroll up or down, or it changes the audio track when you click left or right. But as mentioned above, it seems to be some kind of utility button. The right scroll wheel clicks down to activate the “Autopilot” cruise control system, and you can adjust your speed by scrolling up and down.
How does the yoke work to actually steer the car?
When it comes to its primary steering function, the Tesla Model S Plaid 2022’s yoke is hit and miss. At higher speeds or on a good side road, there is no problem with this. The yoke design keeps your hands at 9 and 3 o’clock (where they should be), and it’s nice. It has a sort of solid pistol grip quality, with little buttons at the top where your thumbs naturally rest. In fact, it almost feels like there should be thumb buttons up there. The wide-spaced lower rim is also nice on the highway, as it lets you make full use of the armrest while gently resting one hand in the pit of the wheel.
The 14.0: 1 steering ratio, with 2.3 lock-to-lock turns, is quick enough at high speeds that there is no need to turn the steering wheel more than 90 degrees on the tightest laces . Unfortunately, around town, that steering gear just isn’t quick enough, and it reminds you why no other car on the market offers a yoke.
Sure, you quickly get used to the missing top ledge – we certainly did after grabbing the non-existent ledge area and almost bumping into a stationary object – but routine maneuvers quickly become a chore. Parallel parking, for example, is made unnecessarily difficult because you are forced to keep one hand on the yoke handle while abnormally pivoting backwards to look out the rear window. Three-point turns (or more, God forbid) are even worse, as you have to juggle a rectangle in one hand while sliding the virtual shifter back and forth on the central infotainment screen. . We can’t imagine how miserable Tesla Cybertruck owners will knock over a trailer if it comes with a yoke, as seen in the first prototypes.
We entered our leadership yoke experience with an open mind, but the more time we spent with the Tesla Model S Plaid 2022, the less we liked it. Tesla can perhaps get away with the fancy of a yoke in a sports car like the Long delayed Tesla Roadster– the type of vehicle whose owners may only drive occasionally as a weekend toy – but in an everyday driver like the Model S, it’s needlessly boring. The Model S Plaid’s steering ratio just isn’t fast enough to make low-speed maneuvering less of a burden. A variable power steering ratio might help, but it would be a band-aid with additional cost and complexity just to fix a problem no one has had before.
This seems good! More details?