2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for November 2016
By Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Much like last month, our Tesla Model X was confined to commuter duty for most of November. It wowed kids in school parking lots, carried plates of food on Thanksgiving, and otherwise played the part of a typical family vehicle. Unlike last month, however, it didn't spend any time cooling its heels at the service center. We did see that a recall was issued for certain Model X charge-plug adapters, but our particular parts were not affected.
Maintenance and Upkeep
"As nice as it is to have a third row of seats, without easy access to them their value diminishes quickly. More than one carpool kid who was banished to the backseats complained of having to wait for the slow-moving second-row buckets to move out of the way. A simple latch to flip them forward is the norm here, so it's easy to see why the Tesla's seats seem so cumbersome." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor
"Having a cargo area up front helps make the Model X a far more usable family vehicle on a regular basis. The only problem is remembering that it's there. Most of the time passengers head straight back to the rear of the car if they want to throw a bag in before getting situated. I've started to pop the front cargo area right when I get in the car if I know other passengers are getting in with luggage or bags. Oftentimes I find that everything fits up front and I don't even need the rear cargo area." — Ed Hellwig
"I'll admit that Tesla's driver's assistance features work well. Better than most others I've tried, in fact. But after hundreds of commuter miles in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I still don't trust it. There are just too many situations where it 'thinks' for a little too long and I feel the need to take over. Other people might feel comfortable checking out and letting the Tesla do the work, but I'm not quite there yet." — Ed Hellwig