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2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician

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Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Tesla Model X was a reliable commuter vehicle this month. We can't say it was completely incident-free, however, since there was an issue that necessitated a soft reboot of the Tesla's display systems. This issue is not found in the manual, and it required some Googling and reading through the Tesla forum for the Model X. Thankfully, it was a fairly easy fix and it did not require any downtime at a local service center.

The Model X's departure from our fleet is imminent. However, it also served as a constant reminder that the new Model 3 is just around the corner. There were multiple occasions while sitting at a supercharger where conversation came up about whether we ordered a Model 3. Our very own Dan Edmunds went to the Tesla launch event for the Model 3 and says that the vehicle seems promising.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for June

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
We've crested the 20,000-mile mark in our 2016 Tesla Model X. Compared to May, our Model X was relatively drama-free. We say relative because, while the Model X didn't require a visit to any of the local service centers, a troublesome suspension noise did resurface, which of course will require a visit to a service center. So it goes.

Now that we've passed the 20,000-mile mark, it's time to prepare for the Model X's departure from our fleet. I'm not sure anyone will miss it terribly, least of all our fleet wranglers. The Model X has been a mixed bag of utility and gadgetry, seemingly more of the latter.

Ultimately the Model X still feels like a proof of concept, guided by the Reid Hoffman maxim that, "If you're not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late." Lucky for Tesla, it still has a customer base willing to trade some product shortcomings for early adoption.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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Where Did We Drive It?

Our 2016 Tesla Model X had a busy month despite not traveling very far.

April opened with the car at our local Tesla shop to remedy a list of nagging concerns, including one that caused us to drop everything and drive straight to the service center. With a clean bill of health it returned to commuter duty. Just as the month was closing we had an opportunity to display the Model X at two impromptu car shows, where the SUV showed it still has a wow factor.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

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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.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
The miles we put on our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X this month ended up highlighting some of its faults. SUVs are generally known for their squishy rides and flexible interior space, but the Model X suffers from the exact opposite. Also, the creaks and groans remain, as does the vibration upon acceleration.

After Editor Brent Romans' trip to Yosemite, our X primarily kicked around town on local trips, but we were able to stretch its legs on the highway, too. We're past the 15,000-mile mark now and the honeymoon phase is definitely over as the joys of instant torque and that massive touchscreen are getting overshadowed by everyday life.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
As has often been the case with our 2016 Tesla Model X, we used most of its electrons in January to get us from our SoCal homes to the Edmunds office and back. In fact, my co-worker Ed Hellwig almost ran out of electrons while commuting to the office one day, which you can read more about in his comment below. I'm sure that was fun for him.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

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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.

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2016 Tesla Model X: More Unexpected Noises

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 3, 2016

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Another day, another funny noise coming from our 2016 Tesla Model X. I signed the car out soon after Mark caught the steering column making a sound like the Shoe who gets Dipped in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I didn't know about the noise before I took it home, so when I heard something funny I notified keymaster Mike Schmidt. He informed me of Mark's observations, but this was something different.

And in less than 24 hours, I noticed two more distinct sounds emanating from our electrified SUV.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Adjustable Headrests (Someday)

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on July 14, 2016

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Unlike our old Model S, the 2016 Tesla Model X has headrests that move up and down. The problem, at least for now, is that we don't have any control over it.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Limited Rearward Visibility

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 30, 2016

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Every time I get behind the wheel of our 2016 Tesla Model X I'm surprised by its lack of rearward visibility. Looking into the rearview mirror is like peeking through some window blinds, which is surprising given how this SUV looks like a rolling greenhouse from the outside.

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2016 Tesla Model X: The App Keeps Me Cool

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 14, 2016

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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.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Installing the Sunshade

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 13, 2016

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The windshield in our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X is really big. It's so big that it comes with a sun-screen-thingy to keep direct sunlight off your noggin. Even though the upper glass on the massive receding-hairline windshield is tinted, it doesn't protect you 100 percent from the midday sun, so included with the purchase of the Model X is a collapsible sunshade.

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2016 Tesla Model X: 14 Drawbacks to Those Doors

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 31, 2016

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Okay, real talk. The articulating doors on our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X make my blood boil.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Innovative Cupholder Design

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 11, 2016

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Cupholder design probably wasn't very high on the priority list for the designers of the 2016 Tesla Model X, yet they took a pretty good stab at doing it differently anyway. The result is a nice looking, if not notably superior, setup.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Good Seats, Not Great Seats

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 9, 2016

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Great seats are one of the things that makes high-dollar luxury cars feel a cut above the rest. The front seats in our Tesla Model X are good, but not great.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Not the First With a "Big Sky" Roof

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on April 27, 2016

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The 2016 Tesla Model X's "Big Sky" panoramic windshield is just one of its many "hey look at me!"features that makes it oh-so-different from other SUVs. Its pros and cons have already been touched upon, but the concept itself got me wondering: Who did it first?

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2016 Tesla Model X: Panoramic Windshield

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 18, 2016

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Yes, that's the windshield in our 2016 Tesla Model X. It's a standard feature of the new SUV and one of the unique features that makes the Model X such a conversation starter. It also makes me nervous.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Recall Issued

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on April 12, 2016

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Tesla issued a voluntary recall for the 2016 Tesla Model X on April 11th. An email was sent by Tesla to owners of affected vehicles notifying them that the third-row seatback recliner could let go in a frontal crash.

The recall affects about 2,700 Model Xs, all of which were produced before 26 March of this year. Since our car is a Signature (number 921 of about 1,000) model, it enjoyed priority delivery status over non-Signatures and as such was presumably built early in the production run.

Sure enough, the VIN of our Model X indicates a February build date, thus it must be one of those affected by the recall campaign.

Right?

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2016 Tesla Model X: Introduction

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on April 11, 2016

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Electric vehicles are still rare, but improvements in range and desirability have raised their profile far beyond their actual sales numbers. Most of the electric vehicles (EVs) currently on the market are compact hatchbacks or sedans. Other than the short-lived Toyota RAV4 EV, electric SUVs have largely been absent.

The new 2016 Tesla Model X changes that. With seating for up to seven passengers and a larger cabin than the Model S sedan upon which it is largely based, the Model X is as close to a purpose-built electric SUV as the world has seen to date.

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