I drove the Tesla Cybertruck. These 7 design flaws surprised me.

I drove the Tesla Cybertruck. These 7 design flaws surprised me.

Tesla Cybertruck New York City

The Cybertruck is unlike anything I’ve ever driven.

Even before I got behind the wheel, its metallic angles screamed uniqueness from across a parking lot. On the road, it drew gaping looks from other drivers, while pedestrians chased it down for photos.



Inside the truck, things only got more quirky. It had all the standard Tesla features, like a massive screen for controlling almost everything, a card (or phone) that acts as the key, voice control, and a yoke-shaped steering wheel.

But a few features stuck out to me and felt surprisingly rushed — especially in the company’s newest and most highly anticipated product yet.

Are they all dealbreakers? Probably not. But for a price tag of more than $100,000, potential customers are allowed to be a little discerning, even if the main draw here is aesthetics and completely over-the-top specs.

These seven features annoyed me in my three-day jaunt around central Texas .



The Cybertruck’s windshield is massive and more horizontal than many other vehicles. In the Texas sun, this didn’t mesh well with the truck’s all-black interior.

Driving in direct sunlight, any part of my arm or leg that was exposed and not getting direct ventilation was uncomfortable, and I knew cranking the air conditioning would drain battery life.

Inconveniently, the controls for the AC vents are buried in a settings menu on the main screen. No simple, one-motion adjustment of an air vent here — this is the future!

Charging also got hot. It was barely spring when I tested out the Cybertruck, and within three hours of charging in the direct sunlight, temperatures inside had climbed to more than 130 degrees.

Luckily, Elon Musk has tried to counter this somewhat with remote AC and window controls, and “dog mode.”

Like most cars, the upper part of the Cybertruck’s windshield has extra tint to help with glare. But unlike most cars, the Cybertruck’s sun visor leaves some windshield exposed when unfolded for use — and plenty of sun can still wreak havoc.

Don’t forget your sunglasses! They won’t just be to look cool.

I learned the hard way that charging infrastructure in this country is still a long way from perfect. All Tesla cars come with an adapter for some slow charger plugs, as was the case in my Turo rental.



But newer fast chargers not run by Tesla usually feature a plug known as CCS, which was basically the industry standard before a big switch to Tesla’s plugs last year by most automakers.

To charge at one of those, you’ll need a different adapter that Tesla sells for $250. However, it specifically does not work with the Cybertruck because of its protruding plastic fenders. Some other Tesla models require a service appointment to make it work.

Of the more than 40,000 public fast-charging plugs in the US, more than 60% are Tesla, according to data from the Department of Energy. Tesla’s plugs are the clear winner here, but not being able to use any others could certainly be a headache.

What are nervous passengers supposed to grab while warning you of brake lights ahead?!

For a truck designed to excite, there’s a surprising lack of “oh shit handles” for surprised passengers to grip during a terrified yelp while accelerating from 0 to 100-and-god-knows-what in a matter of seconds.

It’s like a roller coaster, except there also isn’t room to fully extend your hands in the air either.

To be fair, the backseat still has requisite hooks for hanging garments. No handle there, either.

You better hope the automatic suspension adjustment to “entry” height when parking is enough. These standard handles are about accessibility.

Wheel covers are a ubiquitous part of nearly every single electric vehicle. They improve aerodynamics by reducing drag, which helps range. In some cases, they look cool too.

But unlike in some other Tesla models, the Cybertruck’s plastic wheel covers extend beyond the tire. Even the lightest scrape of a curb is noticeable.

Aesthetics aside, when you combine the truck’s massive footprint and less-than-nimble maneuvering with tight spaces, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

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