2016 Tesla Model X

Pros: Robust acceleration; low per-mile operating costs; striking styling; better passenger and cargo room than a Model S

Cons: Steep pricing; limited availability; unknown long-term reliability; complex falcon-wing doors preclude roof-rack storage; sun glare through panoramic windshield

CG Says: Tesla introduces its first SUV for 2016. The Model X is a pure-electric midsize crossover SUV based on Tesla’s Model S sedan. All Model Xs come standard with all-wheel drive (a second electric motor powers the front wheels) and seat six or seven, depending on second-row configuration. Motorized “falcon-wing” top-hinged rear doors are perhaps the Model X’s most eye-opening feature; they utilize a complex hinging system that enables them to open fully in tight quarters. The gullwing-like doors allow easier access to both second- and third-row seats. Also easing entry to the third-row seat are motorized second-row seats that move forward when needed. Another unusual Model X feature is a panoramic windshield that curves into the roof. Three versions of the Model X are offered. The entry-level 75D has an estimated driving range of 237 miles and accelerates 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds. The 90D is capable of 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and has a projected range of 257 miles. The top-line P90D has a top speed of 155 mph and can do the 0-60 sprint in 3.8 seconds (or 3.2 seconds with the “Ludicrous Speed Upgrade”), and has a projected range of 250 miles. Those who like the performance and green technology of the Tesla Model S sedan can now have those attributes along with the extra passenger and cargo room of an SUV.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Tesla
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 75D: $83,000
90D: $95,500
P90D: $115,500

Base Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
518-762
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
89-90 MPGe
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
90-94 MPGe

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2016 Tesla Model X