2016 Tesla Model X

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2016 Tesla Model X
2016 Tesla Model X

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style

Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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200-257 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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12 hrs.
Level 2 charging Level 2 charging

Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger. Level 2 charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

60-90 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.


Seating capacity

198.3” x 66”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Wireless updatability
  • Range up to 257 miles per EPA (90D)
  • Fast charging
  • Quick, even in base 75D
  • Optional semi-autonomy
  • Can tow up to 5,000 pounds (option)

The bad:

  • 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

6 trims

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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 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


Love Tesla consider buying one

This is a very beautiful car and very comfortable to drive and is one of the safest cars today I just love tesla and would buy again great vehicles.


Well built and convenient

We bought the 2016 Model X one year ago. So far it has been a great vehicle with outstanding handling. Even on snow and ice (we live near Spokane, WA) it did much better than I expected. The vehicle is heavy and sturdy. Back in September I had a deer run into the car just in front of the drivers door while I was going 55 mph. I was surprised at how little damage the car sustained. You can’t beat the convenience of ‘fueling’ at home.


Tesla is a joke

You don’t actually own the car. They turn off functions and features without your knowledge or consent. Things you payed for are taken away remotely while you sleep like a thief in the night.

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New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
96 months/unlimited distance
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles

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