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.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.