• (5.0) 4 reviews
  • Available Prices: $63,520–$129,952
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 86-101
  • Engine: 518-hp, (electric)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2016 Tesla Model X

Our Take on the Latest Model 2016 Tesla Model X

What We Don't Like

  • Waiting list
  • Five-seater comes late in 2016
  • Panoramic windshield can be distracting
  • Early reports of falcon door defects
  • Early reports of freezing touch-screens
  • Shape is more tall hatchback than SUV

Notable Features

  • Battery-electric drivetrain
  • Four-door hatchback seats 6 or 7
  • Front and rear cargo areas
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard active-safety features
  • Powered falcon-wing rear doors

2016 Tesla Model X Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Tesla has updated its Model X SUV with a new base model. The Model X 75D replaces the old 70D and includes a larger 75-kilowatt-hour battery pack. The changes boost the base Model X's range from 220 miles to 237 miles, but doesn't affect acceleration or top-speed performance. Those remain given as 6.0 seconds from zero-to-60 mph and 130 mph, respectively.

The other models are the 90-kilowatt-hour P90 and P90D, with a Ludicrous Speed upgrade that's optional on the latter. Both models employ front and rear electric motors with 259 horsepower apiece on the P90, or 259 hp up front and 503 hp in back on the P90D.

Walk up to Tesla's Model X and the front doors automatically open. The second-row "Falcon Wing" doors, also powered, go through an elaborate up-and-out sequence, and Tesla sensors in all four will detect an obstruction to stop before hitting it, whether an adjacent car or a low garage roof.

Some other details Tesla revealed:

  • With no conventional engine, the hood opens to offer a second trunk. Tesla claims it can hold two golf bags.
  • The automaker says the Model X is the most aerodynamic SUV in the world, with a self-adjusting, three-position rear spoiler.The P90 has an EPA-estimated range of 257 miles, while the P90D's range is 250 miles. Maximum towing capacity tops out at 5,000 pounds.
  • The climate control includes a massive high-efficiency particulate air filter, which enables "air cleanliness levels which [are] comparable to a hospital operating room in the car," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the SUV's Sept. 29 unveiling. A "bioweapon defense mode" maxes out the filtration, Musk continued, adding that "this is a real button." Zombie apocalypse, do your worst.
  • The second-row seats tip forward, like in the Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX-turned-QX60, to enable third-row access without having to remove a car seat from the second row. Here, they're powered.


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 4 reviews

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No more gas stations...ever.

by TeslaDriver from on December 2, 2017

This car is our daily driver but it really shined for a 900 mile trip from CT to SC and back with 5 teenagers and a dog. Falcon wing doors are neat but the overall technology is amazing.

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6 Trims Available

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2016 Tesla Model X Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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