2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for March 2017
by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X has been with us for nearly a full year, which customarily means we'd be running out of things to say about it. That is largely true for the month of March, especially when the bulk of the driving was limited to everyday commuting. No epic trips to Yosemite or record-setting cross-country sprints this time around.
Maintenance and Upkeep
At the moment this entry is being written, the Tesla has just gone in for service, so keep an eye out for a separate post soon. It may mean the end of "Sad Beaker."
"I personally have driven many fast cars, and even with this background, found myself gasping for air as the trees became a blur as I charged along my neighborhood streets." — Edmunds Staffer
"My hand instinctively went up to grab for the sun visor above my head when driving the Model X west into a glaringly bright sunset one night. Whoops. With the Tesla's giant panoramic windshield, there's no place for the usual visor. But I quickly found one to my left on the front roof pillar; it swings out. As you'll see from the photo, the sun was still pretty blinding even with it deployed, but maybe that's a SoCal-only issue." — Kathleen Clonts, Copy Chief
"Shortly after being bugged by the squeaking power window, I noticed that the graining on this panel to the left of the Tesla's steering wheel is slightly askew. The companion panel on the right looks perfectly horizontal. If you're going to spend this much on a car, you expect the details to be just right." — Kathleen Clonts
"I just walked down to the Tesla, charging in our parking garage. When I touched the charge cord, it was not just hot to the touch but it was so hot I couldn't hold it for any length of time. I think we have a problem." — Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager of Vehicle Testing
"Overall the car is big. When I took the time to hand-wash the car, I realized how wide and tall it is. I literally had to get a stepladder and stretch as I washed each side of the car. Obviously, the width of the car gives it an airy and roomy feeling.... The last complaint of the car is something minor but personally drove me nuts — the spoiler. The rear spoiler only retracts when the car is locked. You may ask, 'So who cares?' I do! The reason is that unless you have a hand car wash near you, you will have to wash the car yourself. Don't get me wrong; I actually find that washing a car allows you to really connect with the car, but not having the option to take it to your everyday car wash with machines is a pain in the butt." — Edmunds Staffer