The Overlooked Front Doors - 2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Tesla Model X: The Overlooked Front Doors

by Cole Briggs, Editorial Intern on September 14, 2016

2016 Tesla Model X

The Falcon Wing doors on our 2016 Tesla Model X draw crowds wherever you go. I mean, how many SUVs can pull up next to an SLS AMG and open their doors the same way? Crickets.

As enticing as those doors are, however, I think the drawbacks overshadow the cool factor. As Jay explained, the list is long.

And because of all the attention the Falcon Doors attract, the nicely executed front doors get overlooked.

They open like normal doors, which might seem boring, but notice how I said "they" open. Buy a Tesla Model X and you can forget about opening and closing the door yourself. Just keep the key in your pocket, walk up to one of the doors and it pops. If you approach from the front, the door will wait for you to pass and then open, while approaching from the rear will give you a smooth, welcoming opening as you draw close.

And that's not all. Get in and press the brake, which starts the car, and the door closes for you.  You actually don't ever have to touch the driver door. Some may say the rear doors are over-engineered and silly, and they may be right, but Tesla got it right with the front doors. 

Cole Briggs, Editorial Intern

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