2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for July 2017
by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Tesla Model X was a reliable commuter vehicle this month. We can't say it was completely incident-free, however, since there was an issue that necessitated a soft reboot of the Tesla's display systems. This issue is not found in the manual, and it required some Googling and reading through the Tesla forum for the Model X. Thankfully, it was a fairly easy fix and it did not require any downtime at a local service center.
The Model X's departure from our fleet is imminent. However, it also served as a constant reminder that the new Model 3 is just around the corner. There were multiple occasions while sitting at a supercharger where conversation came up about whether we ordered a Model 3. Our very own Dan Edmunds went to the Tesla launch event for the Model 3 and says that the vehicle seems promising.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We added 994.6 miles to the Model X in July, just shy of the 1,000-mile mark, and charged it to full 12 times. The majority of our trips revolved around daily commutes, with our longest distance between charges coming in at 118.2 miles.
Current odometer: 21,057 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"There are really only two things I liked about driving the Tesla this weekend: its acceleration and regenerative braking. Both made L.A.'s notorious freeway traffic a nonissue. The ability to out-accelerate anyone and slow down without touching the brakes actually made sitting in soul-sucking stop-and-go bearable and a little fun." — Caroline Pardilla, senior copy editor
"After spending a weekend with it, I missed regular-size windshields and sun visors, key fobs with lock and unlock buttons, doors with handles, and knobs for audio and climate. And sure, actual owners of this car will learn to adapt to these annoying idiosyncrasies, but like I said, how does any of this make life easier?" — Caroline Pardilla
"Warning to those using the touchscreen to open your driver's door for the first time: If you tap it before making sure there aren't any cars coming by, it'll give you a mini heart attack as it swings open. The screen only says 'Tap to Unlock,' not that it'll also open the door wide. So it's understandable to not expect such a proactive door. The invisible door sensors will pick up when there is an object near the door and open it according to the distance from the door. But there's no way to tell when a car is driving by." — Caroline Pardilla
"The Model X surprised me twice in the past week. First, I was able to locate the Model X in a parking lot down to its exact space by using the Tesla app. Second, I stopped at a nearby supercharger for a top-off. There I watched the onboard charge meter climb to a rate of 290 mph. It wasn't sustained for the entire fill, but still. That's fast. I found both surprises to be neat and scary at the same time." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations
"Well, consider the Tesla Model X confirmed as an early-adopter gadget. It just gave me the equivalent of Microsoft's 'Setup couldn't start properly. Please reboot' screen. You'll know you have this issue by not only seeing that message in your center IP, but your main display will be dark (not working at all). I had to Google the text on this screen and read through the Tesla Model X forum/blog to find the remedy.
"Here is the CliffsNotes version: Unplug the USB dongle, press and hold down the two steering wheel dials, then the displays should work and you're as good as new." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician