Tesla Model X Review & Buyers Guide
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Since the brand's debut, Tesla's been at the forefront of electric vehicle design.
From their first car, the Roadster, to today's extensive selection of models, Tesla's constantly pushed the envelope with their electric vehicles.
And with the popularity of SUVs, it's no wonder Tesla makes their own version, the Model X, with plenty of cargo capacity, horsepower, and futuristic styling touches like falcon-wing doors.
But making the jump to an electric car can be a big decision, and you might be unsure if one fits your needs.
Here's our Model X crossover review with all of the information you need on the Tesla SUV’s price, features, and what makes it such an excellent vehicle.
Tesla Model X price
For the 2022 model year, the Tesla Model X luxury SUV comes in two trims:
- Model X — $116,440 MSRP
- Plaid — $140,440 MSRP
For 2022, Tesla streamlined the Model X trim levels, renaming the Long Range model simply Model X.
The Plaid version offers impressive performance specs with the addition of a third electric motor, but you pay a premium for it. The regular Model X still provides plenty of immediate acceleration, so it may be worth going that route and saving some cash.
Whichever model you choose, the Model X comes with third-row seating and innovative rear doors that swing upwards. Optional second-row captain's chairs give your passengers additional comfort on long trips.
Tesla Model X performance
The regular Model X's two electric motors produce a combined 670 horsepower. With one motor per axle, the Model X has grippy all-wheel-drive traction, reaching 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds.
The Plaid edition takes electric vehicle performance to new heights with three electric motors that route 1,020 horsepower to all four wheels. That leads to a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds, faster than many sports cars.
While the Tesla has decent handling, the highlight is the instantaneous AWD acceleration provided by its electric motors.
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Tesla Model X range and charging
When fully charged, the base Model X has a driving range of 351 miles, and the Plaid model is good for 335 miles.
According to the EPA, those figures translate into a fuel economy of 102 MPGe for the base model, with the plaid trim not far behind at 98 MPGe.
You have several options when recharging the 100kwh battery in your Tesla Model X. Charging your Tesla at home takes longer but offers additional convenience. When charging at home, you have two power options: Level 1 or Level 2.
Level 1 charging uses a standard 120V outlet which produces up to 20 amps of current. Level 1 charging provides about two miles of driving per hour.
Level 2 charging decreases that time significantly, typically only needing an overnight charge to top off the battery pack. Level 2 chargers use 240v outlets that deliver about 80 amps of current.
Level 3 chargers, also known as Tesla Superchargers, offer drastically reduced charging times. When using a Tesla Supercharger to replenish the Model X, an 80% charge takes less than an hour. And if you only need a little extra range, 15 minutes nets you 120 miles. Tesla's Supercharger network has locations across the country, so you can receive a full charge no matter where you travel.
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Tesla Model X interior
The interior of the Model X has a clean, high-tech look that's reminiscent of a futuristic sci-fi movie.
In front of the driver are a digital gauge display and a yoke-style steering wheel that looks like it belongs in a racecar. Sitting above the center stack is a large touchscreen for practicality and connectivity. This touchscreen controls various features throughout the vehicle but doesn't include typical infotainment options like Apple Carplay or Android Auto. However, the Tesla Model X does have standard Bluetooth.
Passengers in the rear seats have their own small screen for entertainment options and access to other features.
An exciting element of the Model X interior is the glass windshield and roof that runs continuously from the base of the hood to the rear of the vehicle. That allows a panoramic view of the sky and pleasant interior light during sunny days.
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Model X safety features
The Tesla Model X offers a semi-autonomous driving mode that pushes the envelope on vehicle technology.
Tesla Autopilot uses an array of sensors, cameras, and radars to guide the Model X around various roads, objects, and pedestrians. Autopilot is also optional on the Model X.
Aside from Autopilot, the Model X comes with standard driver's assistance technology like lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking.
And the Model X was the first vehicle to receive a perfect safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Tesla Model X warranty
The Model X comes with a comprehensive bumper-to-bumper warranty for four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Especially reassuring is Tesla's powertrain warranty that's good for eight years and has unlimited mileage, allowing you to drive with added peace of mind.
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April 21, 2022
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