2016 Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

2020 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: The 2020 Tesla Model X was unchanged at the start of the model year, however Tesla often makes running changes during the year. Introduced in 2016, 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 five 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. Two versions of the Model X are offered. The base Long Range has an estimated driving range of 325 miles and Tesla says it accelerates 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The top-line Performance has a top speed of 163 mph and can do the 0-60 sprint in 2.7 seconds. Performance has a estimated range of 305 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 5-7
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Tesla
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Long Range: $84,990
Performance: $105,260

Base Engine
electric motors
Horsepower
NA
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
80-99
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
77-93

Tesla Model X
2020 Tesla Model X
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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