2016 Tesla Model X: Installing the Sunshade
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 13, 2016
The windshield in our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X is really big. It's so big that it comes with a sun-screen-thingy to keep direct sunlight off your noggin. Even though the upper glass on the massive receding-hairline windshield is tinted, it doesn't protect you 100 percent from the midday sun, so included with the purchase of the Model X is a collapsible sunshade.
Unfortunately, this part is not some sort of elegant leather or suede solution that rolls out from one spot in our $145,000 luxury crossover. Instead, it's a simple mesh screen that comes off as something you picked up at Auto Zone for your 1995 Chrysler Town & Country.
For installation, you simply unfold the shade, and then wedge it between the three sides of the windshield and the rearview mirror.
If there are clips or magnets or latches to hold it in place, I couldn't find them. It's easy enough to pop open and install, and it stayed in place all weekend (even during a "Ludicrous" launch) but I still don't like it.
Sure, the sunshade does its job. It keeps direct sunlight off your face and likely keeps the cabin cooler. But it's an eyesore and comes off like a cheap afterthought. As a result, I would leave this piece folded up in the rear seat until my front passenger started to complain. And even then, I might pretend I forgot the shade at home and just crank up the air conditioning.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor