On Nov. 30, a select group of customers received the first deliveries of the long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck. Four years after its ignominious, window-cracking debut — and two years after it was supposed to arrive — the Cybertruck is finally a real production vehicle. To check one out in person, I traveled to a Tesla showroom in Chicago’s Gold Coast — a nontraditional automaker begets a nontraditional auto show.
An Outside View of the Inside
The floor model Cybertruck was roped off, unfortunately, so I have no interior impressions outside of what I’ve seen in official and third-party videos and what I could glean from looking through the windows.
The one notable interior feature to me was the borderline vestigial rearview mirror. With the bed’s tonneau cover closed, you cannot physically see out the back and must instead rely on a rear camera system that displays in the center touchscreen (a salesperson was kind enough to point out to me, a not-small human being, that the cover can support up to 300 pounds for … some reason). As someone prone to motion sickness, I might sacrifice the aerodynamics of the tonneau cover to use the rearview mirror, as rearview cameras make me queasy. The sharp angles of the body also make me wonder about ease of entry for the rear seats, but I couldn’t test that.
So, what about the exterior?