2016 Tesla Model X: Mercedes-Compatible
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on July 28, 2016
No, this isn't a post about the Falcon Wing doors evoking the Gullwing 300SL. As one of the Edmunds editors, I switch in and out of cars on an almost daily basis. By my reckoning, it's been about seven years since I've regularly driven one car. But we recently moved our offices, and in the time between spaces, I had the rare opportunity to live with our 2016 Tesla Model X for almost two straight weeks.
In my time with the Tesla, I developed some habits that took a few days to break. This can largely be attributed to Tesla's use of Mercedes-Benz hardware, most notably the gear selector. Drive, reverse and neutral are all selected via the right-hand stalk coming off the steering column. You push the button on the end for park.
I got used to it very quickly, so my next test car — the Jaguar F-Pace — proved to be somewhat vexing. I kept activating the windshield wiper when making three-point turns, or turning on the windshield washers when I parked.
Most Tesla owners probably have another vehicle or three in the garage, so in a very "first-world problem" kind of way, I'd suggest they fill out their fleets with Mercedes-Benzes. The similarity in gear selectors could prevent some potentially frustrating or embarrassing moments. Considering the wealthy demographic for both brands, I'd guess there's already plenty of overlap.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 6,500 miles