2018 Tesla Model X
Which Model X does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
A mixed bag of innovation and gimmickry, the 2018 Tesla Model X is an unusual all-electric SUV. In fact, it's the only one currently on the market. Its range, punchy acceleration and quiet disposition are highlights, but its fundamentally compromised nature detracts from its overall appeal.
The upward-swinging rear doors are the source of the Model X's identity. Novel as they appear, they're also its single biggest drawback. They're slow to open, often don't open far enough, are incompatible with lowish garage ceilings, and are needlessly complex and heavy.
Furthermore, imagine you want to put a roof-mounted cargo box or roof rack on your Model X. Nope — the rear doors are incompatible with such devices. If you can't or don't want to stash the stuff inside the cabin, that leaves only the trailer hitch as a means to haul your bulky cargo.
On the plus side, there's no question the Model X in its upper trim levels is an exceedingly fast vehicle. Its gigantic touchscreen responds quickly and has sharp graphics. And some of Tesla's technology features are genuinely compelling.
Perhaps you seek an SUV for its enhanced functionality over a sedan. But when it comes to Teslas, the Model S sedan is in many ways the more practical, quicker and compelling choice.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Tesla Model X as one of Edmunds' Best Electric Cars for this year.
Trim levels & features
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, doing 0-60 mph in a claimed 4.9 seconds. An air suspension is standard on every Model X, as are keyless entry and start, heated front seats, a power liftgate, navigation, a towing package, and advanced driver safety features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
Stepping up to the 100D gains you a 100-kWh battery that increases range to 295 miles and is marginally quicker, too (0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds). For the ultimate in Model X performance, 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 include the Premium Upgrades package, which brings upgraded audio and climate systems, auto-opening front doors, heated features for cold-weather driving, and satellite radio. Other pricey options are upgraded cabin materials, 22-inch wheels and assisted driving, aka Autopilot. To the latter, you can add the Full Self-Driving Capability option, which includes additional cameras, but to date it does not, in fact, provide self-driving capability. Think of it as paying now for something that you might get at an unknown later date.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our road test of the 2016 Tesla Model X P90D Signature.
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Model X has received minor ongoing revisions, including the addition and deletion of various battery sizes and trim levels and the addition of optional fold-flat second row seats. 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 enhanced lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control to reduce the driver's 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.
The 2018 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 offering a variety of features — some of them unusual.
Offered in three trim levels — 75D, 100D and P100D — the 2018 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 miles of 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, several 20- and 22-inch wheel options, additional seating configurations and upgraded cabin materials. The optional Premium Upgrades package brings enhanced cabin filtration, heated seats and a heated steering wheel, satellite radio, premium audio and self-opening front doors.
The entry-level 75D is equipped with a 75-kWh battery that provides the shortest driving range of any Model X. Navigation and a colossal center touchscreen are standard, along with keyless entry, heated front seats and a power tailgate. Five-passenger seating is standard.
It's a big jump in price from there to the 100D, which is quicker and has more range than the 75D. Then there's the range-topping, performance-oriented 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 2018 Tesla Model X, but none use 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 plan 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 2018 Tesla Model X.
2018 Tesla Model X Overview
The 2018 Tesla Model X is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 75D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), 100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), and P100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD).
What do people think of the 2018 Tesla Model X?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Tesla Model X and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 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 2018 Model X.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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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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