2016 Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

2017 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: For 2017, Tesla Model X adds topline 100D and P100D trims. Otherwise, Model X is little changed since its introduction last year. The Model X is a pure-electric premium 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 four to seven, depending on second-row configuration and if the optional third-row is ordered. 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. Available features include front doors that open on approach and adjustable air suspension. Full Self-Driving Capability is an option that Tesla claims, “…able to conduct short and long trips with no action required by the person in the driver’s seat.” However, there is a disclaimer about the legality of the system. Four 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 P100D has a top speed of 155 mph and can do the 0-60 sprint in 2.9 seconds. P100D has a projected range of 289 miles, while the 100D has the longest projected range of 295 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 4-7
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Tesla
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 75D: $82,500
90D: $93,500
100D: $98,500
P100D: $135,500

Base Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
NA
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range
81-91 MPGe
EPA Hwy Range
92-95 MPGe