2017 Tesla Model X Review, Specs and Price

The 2017 Tesla model X is in a class of its own as an all-electric luxury SUV with breathtaking performance, and an equally intimidating price.

Following a rocky launch, the Tesla Model X SUV is seemingly on its (silent) way into many owners’hands.

It’s too early for 2017 details—the automaker doesn’t follow traditional model years like others, and rolls out changes on the fly—but Tesla is finally building 5-seater versions of the Model X and now offers fold-flat rear seats, which was an early and frequent gripe from owners.

It’s offered in 75-, 90-, and 100-kwh battery sizes, all with all-wheel drive, and one performance model, the P100D. Ranges start at 237 miles and go up to 289 miles.

Style and performance

It’d always be hard for Tesla to follow on the fantastic looks of the Model S. (Eds note: The Model S could be coal-powered and still look great.) The Model X doesn’t stray not even close to that playbook, rather it really exaggerates some proportions to look bigger, bulkier, and taller. It’s not really a bad look overall, perhaps space age Toyota Previa?

2017 Tesla Model X

2017 Tesla Model X Review, Specs and Price

We’ll arrive at the falcon doors in a minute.

Inside, the Model X sports the exact same 17-inch touchscreen present in the Model S that dominates attention. Beyond that screen there isn’t much going on, but at the least it’s trimmed in quality materials for 5, 6, or 7 passengers.

The performance of the Model X is breathtaking—literally and figuratively. All models are all-wheel drive and the bottom 75D still accelerates nearly 3 a great deal of mass to 60 mph in 6 seconds. The 90D is somewhat fleeter on its feet: 60 mph happens in only 4.8 seconds. Or possibly you want your happy meal with an airplane glue chaser? The P100D manages the 60 mph run in 2.9 seconds.

As a result of a lot of the mass down low and a good suspension tune, the Model X is a competent handler—but not exactly to the exact same level as the Model S. We doubt many will experience just how the Model X rockets down the road.

Comfort, safety, and features

The Model X is created to be always a family hauler if the Model S didn’t satisfy. Configured as whether 5-, 6-, or 7-passenger SUV, the Model X has more interior cargo room and an operating shape that suits more luxury buyers enthusiastic about SUVs. A corner seats fold flat now, which was an early gripe for several owners. We’ve found the seats to be generally comfortable, even though scalloped backs don’t appear to be suited for family duty.

Third-row passengers will be more comfortable if they’re into Hatchimals. There’s not enough room for long-legged adults for a lengthy trip.

The “wow” moment for the Model X may well be its rear falcon doors, which can be an problem in search of another problem. The nice: The most truly effective hinged doors effectively raise vertically, so there’s some convenience in parking garages. The bad: Can’t work with a conventional roof rack for skis or bikes. Take too long to open. Sensors can malfunction and not open correctly. Some body panels might not fall into line correctly. We can go on.

To put it differently, the Model X would have been a better SUV without them.

A whole safety record for the Model X isn’t yet available, and we don’t expect that the six-figure SUV will soon be crash-tested anytime soon. We don’t advise you take that burden on yourself, either.

Every Model X has 12 airbags, stability and traction control systems, blind-spot and lane-departure warnings, and automatic emergency braking. All cars are also fitted with the forward-looking camera, radar, and 360-degree sonar sensors that support Tesla’s Autopilot self-driving system, although activating that capability costs $5,000 or more.

Each Model X comes standard with all-wheel drive, advanced safety features, LED headlights, a massive panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition, 20-inch wheels, power adjustable heated front seats, wood accents, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, power liftgate, air suspension, and a 17-inch touchscreen with navigation.

There’s more standard gear, but with an $88,800 starting price (before federal and any state incentives) it should be clear that it is a luxury SUV. Options include a crystal clear-sounding speakers, a cold weather package, and the ballyhooed Autopilot and “full self-driving” capabilities.

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