The App Keeps Me Cool - 2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Tesla Model X: The App Keeps Me Cool

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 14, 2016

2016 Tesla Model X

We got an early dose of summer in Southern California this week. Sure enough, parking our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X outside my local gym resulted in a big increase in cabin temperature. Cue the app.

Before I left the gym, I pulled out my phone, started the Tesla app and checked the cabin temp on the Model X. It showed 110 degrees. Hot, but not unbearable. But why suffer? I set the cabin air-conditioning to "LO" and went about my business, packed my gym bag and chatted with a few friends on the way out. Eleven minutes later, I got to the car, with the interior temp on its way down, right past 70 degrees.

Chilling the cabin sucked up about 3 miles of the Tesla's range. In my mind, that's a tiny price to pay for such a big difference in comfort.

The app has a couple other cool features like summoning it from a tight parking spot, checking on the progress of a charge, flashing the lights and honking the horn (that combo works well finding the car in a big parking lot), but this is probably a favorite of mine.

I hate getting into a hot car and sweating on impact with scorching leather seats. This feature solves that problem and that's why I would use it any time I didn't need to squeeze out maximum range. It's like remote start, but smarter.

Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 4,305 miles

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