2016 Tesla Model X: The App Keeps Me Cool
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 14, 2016
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