2017 Tesla Model X
- Lightning-quick acceleration for a three-row SUV
- Very quiet operation in most driving scenarios
- Large windshield offers expansive view
- Initial build quality doesn't match the price
- Large windshield allows too much heat in during hot days
- Second-row seats do not fold flat
- Infuriating rear doors impede entry and erode functionality
Which Model X does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
The Model X is Tesla's third-ever model (don't forget the Roadster!). Its underlying architecture is very similar to that of the Model S sedan's, but the X is usually described as a sport-utility vehicle given that it has an SUV-like shape and standard all-wheel drive. In reality, though, it has but the thinnest veneer of utility, and it is ultimately more of a people mover. Think minivan, but with less functionality.
The neatest thing about the Model X is also the root of its most serious drawbacks: the articulating rear doors. They're powered and open upward for some regal automotive theater but take a segment of the roof with them. Showing them off to your neighbors is undeniably fun, but the design introduces a range of issues. The two most notable are 1) the inability to install any kind of roof rack or cargo pod on top of the Model X; and 2) the difficulty in opening the doors all the way up in crowded parking lots or when parked in an area with a low ceiling. Moreover, the Model X's second-row seats do not fold flat, further eroding the car's utility.
It's blindingly quick in P100D trim and steers and turns better than you might expect for its exceedingly heavy weight. Big on flash but lacking in utility, the Model X is simply not as good a vehicle in nearly every respect as its Model S stablemate.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Tesla Model X is currently available in four variants: 75D, 90D, 100D and P100D. Please note that Tesla often changes up its products at unexpected times, so what is true today may change tomorrow. Battery size in kilowatt-hours is denoted by the digits contained in each trim level, where larger numbers indicate additional battery capacity and more range. There's also a general trend of increasing quickness as you progress upward through the trim levels. The Model X is available in five-, six- and seven-passenger configurations and is offered with all-wheel drive only.
The 75D is the base trim level, providing 237 miles of range from a 75-kWh (kilowatt-hour) battery. Despite being the base model, it's not slow, reaching 60 mph in a claimed 6.0 seconds. Air suspension is (as of this writing) standard on every Model X, as is keyless entry, a power liftgate, navigation and power mirrors.
Stepping up to the 90D nets you a 90-kWh battery that bumps up range to 257 miles. The 90D models are quicker still, hitting 60 mph in a claimed 4.8 seconds. The 100D's 100-kWh battery increases range to 295 miles but is no quicker than the 90D. For the ultimate in Model X speed, head right to the P100D. Though range drops slightly to 289 miles, this variant sprints to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
Many optional features are available for all trim levels, including six- and seven-passenger configurations. Other high-dollar stuff includes the Premium Upgrades package, 22-inch wheels, semiautonomous driving and premium audio.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our drive of the 2016 Tesla Model X Signature P90D.
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Model X has received minor ongoing revisions, including the addition of the range-topping P100D trim level to replace the P90D. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Model X, however.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out4
Audio & navigation3.5
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Model X safety features:
- Enhanced Autopilot
- Provides semiautonomous driving to reduce driver workload.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Applies the brakes when it detects an imminent front crash.
- All-Wheel Drive
- Powers all four wheels to enhance traction in low-traction conditions.
2017 Tesla Model X for Sale
The 2017 Tesla Model X is an all-electric midsize crossover SUV that has a mix of appealing and confounding attributes. Like all Teslas, the particulars of its offerings are subject to change at any time and don't necessarily coincide with a typical model-year cycle. Many buyers will visit the options list where a variety of features — some of them unusual — are available.
Offered in four trim levels — 75D, 90D 100D and P100D — the 2017 Tesla Model X is equipped exclusively with two-motor all-wheel drive. All trim levels are differentiated by their battery capacity, which in turn largely correlates to driving range. Option packages are the same across all trim levels. Options run the gamut, and include a sensor-laden Enhanced Autopilot semiautonomous driving mode, numerous 20- and 22-inch wheel options, a towing package, additional seating configurations, heated seats and steering wheel, a cabin materials and door upgrade package, and a high-current charger.
The entry-level 75D is equipped with a 75-kWh battery that provides the least driving range of any Model X. Navigation and a colossal center touchscreen are standard, along with keyless entry and a power tailgate. Five-passenger seating is standard.
Since driving range is such a crucial factor when it comes to electric vehicles such as the Model X, it's worth spending the extra money to step up to the 90D. This has a larger battery for more range, sure, but it's also much quicker. Beyond that is a relatively small premium to the 100D, which isn't any quicker but has an additional 38 miles of range over the 90D. It's a big jump up pricewise to the range-topping P100D, which will appeal to those who want one of the quickest-accelerating cars on the market.
Other minivans and sport-utility vehicles offer significantly more functionality than the 2017 Tesla Model X, but none of them offer electric propulsion. It's a key consideration for many buyers and it renders the Model X the default choice. It is in a segment of one. That situation is expected to change in a year as at least three other manufacturers are planning to release all-electric midsize SUVs. But if you want to buy an electric SUV today, the Model X is the only game in town. Let Edmunds' car-buying tools and expertise guide you when you're ready to buy your own 2017 Tesla Model X.
2017 Tesla Model X Overview
The 2017 Tesla Model X is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 90D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), P100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), 100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), and 75D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD).
What do people think of the 2017 Tesla Model X?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Tesla Model X and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Model X 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Model X.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Tesla Model X and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 Model X featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
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