2021 Tesla Model X

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$79,990

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

105
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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351-371 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.

100 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.

6

Seating capacity

198.3” x 66”

Dimensions

All-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

4 trims

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2021 Tesla Model X review: Our expert's take

By Jennifer Geiger

Tesla’s vehicles have always carried a futuristic, minimalist styling vibe, and the all-electric automaker is doubling down on that with an interior refresh for the Model S sedan and Model X SUV that include a steering wheel with a truncated rim as well as the absence of some key equipment, like a gear selector. Additionally, extra-powerful new Plaid and, for the Model S, Plaid Plus models join the updated interior as part of the refreshes.  

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These updates should comprise the vast majority of available models, though not necessarily all of them — a representative on Tesla’s consumer site told us there are Model S examples in Tesla inventory “that were built before the updates.” Outside, styling changes are minor and limited to a new front bumper design with tweaked air intakes, a restyled rear diffuser and new wheel designs.

tesla model s 2020 2021 exterior front%20angle oem jpg Tesla Model S, before (top) and after January 2021 updates | Manufacturer images

Inside, the changes are much bigger. They’re anchored by the new steering wheel that’s missing the top portion of the rim (think K.I.T.T. from “Knight Rider”) and a revised central multimedia screen; the large 17-inch screen now sits horizontally instead of its previous vertical orientation. Tesla says the system is more powerful, claiming it allows for in-car gaming on par with today’s newest consoles. Model S backseat and Model X second-row passengers get a smaller screen with the same multimedia and gaming functions; wireless controller compatibility is also possible from any seat, the automaker said. 

In a controversial move, the new steering wheel has a blocky U-shape, but what it adds in aesthetics, it risks losing in functionality. There are no steering wheel stalks like there were with the gear-selector and turn-signal stalks on prior models; those functions have now been absorbed by touch buttons on the steering block. In a statement, Tesla says the move to this curious setup puts “the ultimate focus on driving: no stalks, no shifting.” Since shifting is an integral part of driving, we have questions about this, but we’ll reserve judgment until we can test it.

tesla model x 2020 2021 interior steering%20wheel oem jpg Tesla Model X, before (left) and after January 2021 changes | Tesla Model X

The lineups orderable on Tesla’s configurator as of this writing start with the Long Range, which in both the Model S and Model X has 670 horsepower, two motors and all-wheel drive. Tesla says the Model S Long Range sprints from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds, has a top speed of 155 mph and 412 miles of driving range on a full battery; the Model X will do 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and has a range of 360 miles. The sedan starts at $81,190, while the SUV starts at $91,190.

tesla model x 2020 2021 exterior front angle oem jpg Tesla Model X, before (top) and after January 2021 changes | Manufacturer images

Upgrade to the Plaid model (another “Spaceballs” reference on top of the movie tie-in for Tesla’s Ludicrous Speed) for a third motor, adding up to 1,020 hp and an absurd 1.99-second 0-60 time, 200-mph top speed and 390 miles of range in the Model S and 2.5-second 0-60, 163-mph top speed and 340 miles of range in the Model X. Both body styles start at $121,190.

And because that might not be enough, there’s the Model S Plaid Plus. Tesla says it pumps out more than 1,100 hp and will hit 60 mph in less than 1.99 seconds. It has a top speed of 200 mph, 520 miles of range and a steep $141,190 price. (Range estimates appear strictly Tesla’s for now; as of this writing, the EPA’s published ranges for the 2021 Model S have yet to match.)

The 2021 Model S Long Range and Plaid models go on sale in March, with Plaid Plus models coming in late 2021. The 2021 Model X variants, meanwhile, go on sale in April.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 3.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

i have a lambo and a farari and i want a Tesla

me and my Family willride it and i have 4 song it Will fit for us and it is my sons dream car it is hes birthday

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Safety

Based on the 2021 Tesla Model X base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
9.3%
Rollover rating
5
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
96 months/unlimited distance
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles

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