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Tesla Model X SUV

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

For 2018, the Tesla Model X continues to be the only fully electric 3-row SUV on the market. Beyond an electric powertrain that can deliver nearly 300 miles on a single charge, the Model X displays a number of unique features that include Falcon Wing rear doors and an autonomous-driving system known as Autopilot. Because electric motors are all about torque and lots of it, the Model X can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. The base Model X 75D can travel up to 237 miles on a charge, the 100D 295 miles and the P100D 289 miles. On the flip side, the Model X is expensive and its interior isn’t as versatile as many gasoline-powered rivals.

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You'll Like This SUV If...

If you’re looking for a luxury SUV that is truly unique, but that can also accommodate the needs of a family on the go, check out the 2018 Tesla Model X. Its features and speed will delight colleagues and kids alike, and its zero emissions help keep the planet green.

You May Not Like This SUV If...

You could fill a traditional car’s gas tank, go have lunch and come back before a Tesla Model X took a full charge, and that’s with a supercharger. A cramped interior and inflexible seats limit the Model X’s versatility.

What's New for 2018

Other than a slightly lower base price and the deletion of the rear-drive models, the Model X sees no new changes for 2018.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

In everyday driving, you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish among the Model X’s three trim levels. The ride is smooth and comfortable, power is abundant and accommodations are fairly comfortable, so long as you’re not jammed into the 3rd-row seat. Responsive steering feedback helps this big-crossover SUV feel a bit smaller and more agile than one would think, making the Model X an easy vehicle to live with. The real thrill in owning a Model X, however, is the instantaneous rush of speed that comes when you put your foot down. On the P100D trim, the available Ludicrous Mode delivers 100 percent of the electric motor’s power to the wheels, delivering a breathtaking zero-to-60-mph run in 2.9 seconds. For about $50,000, the 75D may not be as fast or go as far, but it’s no slouch.

Favorite Features

17-INCH INFOTAINMENT SCREEN
If you’re the type who lives for the next Consumer Electronics Show, the 2018 Model X’s massive 17-inch infotainment screen will have you jumping for joy. Serving as the car’s command center, the tablet-like screen uses a pinch-and-swipe function to control audio, climate and navigation.

AUTOPILOT
The Tesla Model X’s Autopilot allows the car to do the braking, accelerating and steering with no input from the driver. A system of GPS, external sensors and numerous cameras permit the vehicle to see traffic and pedestrians. It’s even smart enough to alert the driver if he or she needs to take control.

Vehicle Details

Interior

Inside, the Model X is essentially identical to the Tesla Model S sedan. That means comfort is high, as is material quality, but fit can be inconsistent. It also means the controls for the climate, audio and other functions are electronic and found on a massive 17-inch touch screen that makes up the majority of the dashboard. It’s the largest screen in the business, and it’s fast to react and simple to use. Also unique are the Tesla’s power-operated Falcon Wing doors that open up instead of out. They’ll wow your neighbors but can be frustrating in tight spaces.

Exterior

Much of the Tesla’s appeal is that it looks like nothing else on the road. Well, except for another Tesla. When viewed from the front, the 2018 Tesla Model X is almost indistinguishable from its sexy sedan brother, the Model S, which is still one of the best-looking cars around. And the family resemblance continues with the SUV’s steep windshield, flush chrome door handles and fastback roofline. However, while the Model S pleases the eyes with a low silhouette and wide stance, when viewed from some angles the Model X looks awkwardly tall and a bit slab-sided.

Notable Standard Equipment

There’s no such thing as a “stripper” Tesla. The Model X comes very well equipped, even in base 75D configuration. Standard equipment includes all-wheel drive, air suspension, navigation with real-time traffic, LED headlights, power-folding, heated outside mirrors, keyless entry, power Falcon Wing rear doors and a power rear liftgate. Standard is a 2-row configuration that seats five. There’s also an 8-year/infinite-mile warranty on the battery and drive unit as well as a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty on the rest of the vehicle. The 100D and P100D models get a few more features, and the P100D comes with Ludicrous Mode for ultimate acceleration.

Notable Optional Equipment

A third row is optional as are 2nd-row captain’s chairs, so the new Model X can be configured as a 5-, 6- or 7-passenger SUV. Available are a Subzero Weather Package with seat heaters throughout the cabin and a heated steering wheel, an optional 17-speaker audio system, a towing package and a Premium Upgrades Package, which allows the front doors to open automatically as you approach the vehicle, a HEPA air-filtration system with a Bio-weapons Defense Mode and leather interior trim. You can also order Full Self-Driving Capability, which enables the car to drive itself and park itself.

Under the Hood

Every 2018 Tesla Model X is powered by two AC electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack, with either 75 kWh (75D) or 100 kWh (100D and P100D). All three models use the same single-speed transmission and all three models are all-wheel drive. The 100D offers the most driving range, an incredible 295 miles. The 75D can travel 237 miles on a charge. Tesla says charging from a standard 240v 48-amp wall connector will take about eight hours. That quickens to five hours using a 72-amp wall connector and only an hour using one of Tesla’s nationwide Superchargers.

AC electric motors with 75-kWh lithium-ion battery pack (75D)
N/A horsepower
N/A lb-ft of torque
Range with full charge: 237 miles

AC electric motors with 100-kWh lithium-ion battery pack (100D)
N/A horsepower
N/A lb-ft of torque
Range with full charge: 295 miles

AC electric motors with 100-kWh lithium-ion battery pack (P100D)
N/A horsepower
N/A lb-ft of torque
Range with full charge: 289 miles

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Pricing Notes

The 2018 Tesla Model X is one of the most expensive SUVs on the market. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base 75D before federal tax credits but with $1,200 destination fee is $80,700. Step up to the 100D and the price jumps to right around $97,200. And the P100D before options costs a mouth-watering $141,200. Add all the available options to a P100D and your new Tesla Model X will cost about $155,000. Alternatives for fans of electrified SUVs include the Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid, which starts just under $70,000; the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid that costs around $78,000 and the popular Lexus RX Hybrid at about $53,000. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what other buyers in your area are paying. As is often the case with pure-electric vehicles, the Model X's resale value drops off more steeply over time than most others.

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