2016 Tesla Model X

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Tesla Model X base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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
2016 Tesla Model X exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Tesla Model X

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 h...
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.

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
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(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Reducing Fossil Fuel Imprint

by South of the 49th from Fresno, CA on April 25, 2018

Definitely not a cheap vehicle to purchase (new or used). Looking forward to not having to pay ever higher costs for gasoline in the future. The electronic sophistication will take some getting used ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fun, futuristic, family hauler!

by Takamori from Nashville, TN on March 18, 2018

From the head turning falcon wing doors to the exhilarating torque and acceleration that the all electric dual motors provide, this suv is a dream. With frequent updates, this car gets BETTER all the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Tesla Model X currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Tesla Model X has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Model X received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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