Beyond being a cutting-edge electric car, the Tesla Model X is an exceptional vehicle loaded with features that leave you asking why other makers haven’t copied them. And while there is some gimmickry to the Model X, it is a competent, if also a bit quirky, three-row family hauler — albeit in the rarefied world of $100,000 luxury SUVs.
The quirkiness isn’t always a plus, as Cars.com Managing Editor Joe Bruzek found while spending a week with a Model X, but it’s also a big part of what makes the Model X stand out among electric vehicles and luxury SUVs overall. You can read Bruzek’s full review, as well as research the Model X, get pricing details, specs and more on our model page. In the meantime, below are eight things we liked and eight things we thought were misses about the Tesla Model X.
Things We Like
1. Looks Like a Spaceship — and Blasts Off Like One
If you love a rush that’s legal, the Model X is for you. Even our midrange 100D test vehicle that lacked the Ludicrous performance option boasted rocketlike acceleration — the Model X’s two electric motors clocked a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.76 seconds in our testing. And in regular driving, the lack of a transmission means no downshift or hesitation when you spot a gap in traffic and want to go now.
“If a rush of acceleration tingles your senses, the Model X is for you,” says Bruzek.
2. You Get a New Car With Over-the-Air Updates
Over-the-air updates give the Model X a significant advantage over the competition because your it can be updated and improved through the standard onboard cellular connection or your home Wi-Fi without having to trade it in for a newer model year. Some updates are minor, but some change major systems and features, such as acceleration or braking. Example: Tesla’s Version 9.0 operating system rolled out changes to Autopilot, adding suggested traffic lanes for most efficient driving plus a 360-degree camera system, more warning when an object is detected in a blind spot, visual changes to the touchscreen layout — and even some retro Atari video games.