2017 Tesla Model X

2017 Tesla Model X
MSRP range
$82,500 - $135,500
2017 Tesla Model X

Pros

  • Lightning-quick acceleration for a three-row SUV
  • Very quiet operation in most driving scenarios
  • Large windshield offers expansive view

Cons

  • 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?

Presumably you are shopping Model X for its people-carrying ability since that is its primary distinction over the Model S sedan. In that case, opt for the seven-passenger layout. Go for the 90D — it's in the sweet spot of range and price. Stay away from the big 22-inch wheels if you can because they noticeably degrade the ride quality. We're split on the pricey Premium Upgrades package that adds premium cabin materials to match the vehicle's asking price but comes with a lot of gimmicky door features for which we don't care for. The Subzero package is a must-have, as is the High-Amperage Charger if you plan to do frequent long-distance drives.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4 / 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.

Trim tested

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.

Driving

4
Acceleration is outstanding and instantaneous. Excellent drivability even before you turn on the semiautonomous features. It can't hide its prodigious weight, but it handles like a 500-pound-lighter vehicle. An EV that can tow is unique, but range will be a factor.

Acceleration

5
Mat the accelerator and the Model X launches like few other vehicles on the road. It's powerful, instant thrust. The face-flattening intensity wanes (relatively) at higher speeds, but it's still quite quick. In our testing, the P90D Signature accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Braking

3.5
The regenerative braking is enough for modest deceleration — you'll rarely touch the pedal. When you do, it's easy to modulate. In our panic-stop test from 60 mph, our P90D Signature (with the 22-inch sporty all-season tires) stopped in an impressive 111 feet.

Steering

4
Steering is appropriately direct, though it lacks feel. Effort in Sport mode is too high, though. Just stick with Normal or Comfort. The Model X tracks straight on the highway, and it's easy to keep within your lane.

Handling

3
The Model X handles turns with more stability and verve than you'd expect for an SUV weighing almost 5,500 pounds. It's hard to describe as agile, but it faithfully obeys inputs in routine driving.

Drivability

5
The auto-steering function, switchable "creep" mode and impressive adaptive cruise control amplify the Model X's friendly-to-use nature. Driver-selectable level of regenerative braking is a plus.

Comfort

4.5
Extremely quiet and equipped with seats that are suitable for long stints. Heavy, but manages its weight well. Ride quality is overall good except over broken or potholed surfaces where the heavy wheels and low-profile tires show their limits.

Seat comfort

4
Very good comfort on long drives. The seat and armrest padding is supportive. Heating and cooling for all three rows is impressive. Lateral support is modest but appropriate for the type of vehicle.

Ride comfort

3
The sense of mass is inescapable, but there is no float and little head toss thanks to the air suspension. Composed body control. Heavy wheels and low-profile tires chop on most roads. The base 20-inch wheels may provide a smoother ride.

Noise & vibration

5
It's peaceful and hushed in the cabin thanks to the lack of powertrain noise. Wind noise is low at freeway speeds. The road noise is the most prominent aspect, with some tire thumps and hum.

Interior

3.5
This is an SUV that's light on utility since the second-row seats do not fold and there is no provision for a roof rack. Terrific visibility and easy entry and exit, though the rear doors can be infuriating. Second-row storage is lacking.

Ease of use

3.5
Nearly all secondary controls are controlled via the tall touchscreen, which works well for top-most controls. For HVAC functions at the bottom, it isn't ideal. The instrument cluster is very clear. Stalks and steering wheel controls work well.

Getting in/getting out

4
A low step-in height and a tall roof help here. The rear doors provide a large opening in typical parking spots but not in tight ones the way a sliding door would. Garages with low ceilings are problematic, too. Plus, the doors just don't open very quickly.

Roominess

3
There's ample space up front. Headroom is respectable in the second row because of the door's "skylight" windows. But second-row legroom could be better, and the front seatback is hard and knee-unfriendly. Third-row seating is tight and best for children only.

Visibility

5
The panoramic windshield and expansive side windows offer a wide view, though some may not like having the sun always overhead. The wide-view backup camera works well, as do the excellent cluster display and proximity sensors.

Quality

2
Inconsistent panel gaps, some paint and rubber gasket quality issues, and a few stray cabin noises from time to time reduce the quality feeling of this vehicle. When it's cold out, the rear doors make a fair amount of creaking and cracking noises. A Mercedes-Benz it's not.

Utility

2
Utility takes a huge hit due to compromised rear doors. The second-row seats do not fold, and there is no provision for a roof rack. Limited small-item storage.

Small-item storage

3
There are sparse storage options for the front passengers and no storage in second-row doors (otherwise you'd be dumping drinks on yourself when you opened them). There are no provisions to hang dry-cleaned clothes.

Cargo space

1
The second-row seats do not fold, limiting large-object hauling, and the articulating rear doors preclude bicycle racks or cargo boxes. The rear cargo hold has good height and depth, but it's on the narrow side. The front trunk is a bonus, at least.

Towing

2.5
The Model X's 3,500-pound tow rating (22-inch wheels) is modest for an SUV; the 5,000-pound rating with 20-inch wheels is closer to others. Pre-wired for trailer brake controller a plus. However, the impact on range and incompatibility with Superchargers make long-distance towing impractical.

Technology

3.5
Some of its driver assistance features seem half-baked, though its displays are top-notch. Navigation should be used with a critical (and skeptical) eye due to its effect on range and time.

Audio & navigation

3.5
The main touchscreen is huge, and it responds very well to your inputs, though the control menus are complex. Audio sound options are basic, but the premium system has an appealing sound quality. Internet radio, scrolling and playlist creation are all well-executed. Navigation is unreliable.

Smartphone integration

3
It's easy to pair up your phone using Bluetooth. But at the time of our evaluation, the Model X lacked additional smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay or Android Auto).

Driver aids

4
The screen depicting the proximity of objects near you when parking is industry-leading. The large backup camera display is very helpful, too. We also like the adaptive cruise control, but full Autopilot is a mixed bag and should never be used without full attention.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Tesla Model X.

The best crossover SUV ever
Tiger Driver,12/29/2017
The front end cost can be reduced by state and federal tax credits if you buy fairly soon, depending on the state. You will also save about $10,000 in the first 4 years based on current gas prices. BTW, all currently new 2017 Tesla Model X vehicles and presumably the 2018 models come with fold-down back seats to add to the storage capacity of the vehicle, and the 4,000 lb. hitch is standard. In 2018, if you get a referral from an existing owner of a Model S or X, you can still get lifetime free charging at Tesla stations (2018). Otherwise, there will be a charge at the Tesla charging stations to charge up. Model 3 owners get charged as well. Now have 13,000 miles on the vehicle without any problems.
Fantastic
Dallen Ormond ,12/30/2017
In the past 12 years I have owned 18 different vehicles. I purchased the model X 100D 2 months ago. It accelerates faster than my Golf R, Nismo 350 Z, or Infinity M class. The car is as luxurious as my MB E63 AMG and rides as well as my Cadillac CTS-V. Recently I had to take it off-road. I live in the mountains and had to pick up a sick child. The roads were unplowed and recommended chains only. I simply raised the suspension and easily drove miles and miles in 2 feet of snow. It handles as well off road as my Toyota Tacoma. Then driving down the canyon I didn’t have to hit my brakes once because of how the vehicle torque charging works. The canyon is a 65 mph 5-6% grade for 20 miles. Finally, because of the torque charging my battery charged on the way down the canyon. I can’t express how impressive this vehicle is. Elan Musk not only built a competitor he built a game changer.
Little disappointed.
Mel,04/07/2018
Owned car for three more months and it had to be towed to service center, already. Problems with electronics. Love car but have had a couple of issues with it already.
If only my X can fly
Bamboo,06/21/2018
Like most consumers, I've owned five different cars and wanted to try something different but also environmentally friendly. As with anything new there's a transition period but in all honesty, I will never go back to gas cars! Beside the supercharging and little to no maintenance, my X is just an incredible work of innovative technology matched with style, efficiency, and green consciousness! The only issue is that for back seat riders you do feel the bumps a bit more because there's not a whole lot of cushion/shock absorption but let's just say given the all-around luxury features, my riders got over it quick. Just love my ride and highly recommended!
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$135,500
MPG
81 city / 92 hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
Electric
N/A
MSRP
$82,500
MPG
91 city / 95 hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
Electric
N/A
MSRP
$98,500
MPG
86 city / 89 hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
Electric
N/A
MSRP
$93,500
MPG
90 city / 94 hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
Electric
N/A
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Safety

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.

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More about the 2017 Tesla Model X

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 P100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), 75D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), 100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), and 90D 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.

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