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Tesla Model X Review

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With falcon wing doors and one of the fastest acceleration times of any SUV — electric or gasoline-powered — the Tesla Model X gets attention quickly. It is undoubtedly a safe and amazing vehicle. However, Tesla’s prices are high and change constantly, so you might not want to buy one now as the price might drop by thousands tomorrow — or they might increase. In its second quarter 2019 earnings report, Tesla reported deliveries of Models X and S were down 21% since last year.

Tesla Model X pricing and trims

As we mentioned earlier, the electric car maker often changes the pricing of its vehicles. In July 2019, Tesla dropped the Standard Range trim for the Model X, leaving it with only the Long Range and Performance trims. By removing the lowest-priced trim, this would have effectively made the entry price of the Model X $10,000 higher, but Tesla dropped those prices by $6,000.

Long Range vs. Performance. The differences between the two remaining trims come down to acceleration time and battery range. The Performance trim can accelerate much faster, but has a slightly shorter range by 20 miles. The only electric vehicle (EV) with longer range than the Model X Long Range AWD is the Model S Long Range AWD.

Trim Long Range AWD Performance AWD
Price $84,990 $104,990
Advertised Price $77,815 $97,815
Driving Range 352 miles 305 miles
Acceleration 0-60 MPH 4.4 seconds 2.7 seconds

Advertised price. The price listed in the table is the advertised price listed Tesla often touts. Tesla deducts potential tax incentives and an estimate of six years worth of fuel savings to come up with these figures, but does not include Tesla’s $1,200 document and delivery fee (which applies to every new car), or any additional features you may add, such as autopilot.

What about used Model Xs? Tesla first released the Model X in 2016. There are used Tesla Model Xs available on the Tesla website and on third-party sites, such as Edmunds. If you are interested in a used Model X, shop around and check industry guides such as Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides to see what the fair market price is in your area.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is next. It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within the rate shopping period of 14 days.

Potential lenders could include Tesla financing, or your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers at once from lenders, depending on your creditworthiness.

Tesla Model X safety

The 2019 Tesla Model X earned a five-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration across the board, a feat not yet met by any other SUV.

A huge reason for this is the Model X’s low center of gravity. Instead of an engine under the hood, it has a battery under the floor. This makes it much less likely to roll over. Its technology suite of crash prevention aids don’t hurt, either. The technology includes features such as:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Auto lane change
  • Lane departure avoidance
  • Obstacle aware acceleration
  • Speed limit mode

And, of course, Tesla is still working on a fully-capable auto pilot system.

Tesla Model X competitor comparison

For comparison’s sake, we picked two other electric, luxury SUVs and one non-luxury so you could see some of their details side-by-side. All the information is for the lowest, base trim for each 2019 vehicle model. It’s worth noting that the Model X is the only vehicle in this list capable of seating seven, though it will cost more. Seating for five is standard, with a six-passenger configuration tacking on $6,000; seven-passenger seating adds $3,000 to the base price.

Tesla Model X Jaguar I-Pace Audi e-tron Kia Niro
MSRP $84,990* $69,500 $74,800 $38,500
Standard Features 17″ Screen, 20″ Wheels, Seats 7, Premium Audio, Driver Assistance Technology 10″ Screen, 18″ Wheels, Seats 5, Premium Audio, Driver Assistance Technology 10.1″ screen, 18″ Wheels, Seats 5, Premium Sound, Navigation, Virtual Cockpit 7″ Screen, 17″ Wheels, Seats 5, UVO Link, Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go
Acceleration 0-60 MPH 4.4 seconds 4.5 seconds 5.5 seconds 7.8 seconds
Range 352 miles 234 miles 204 miles 239 miles

*Not including any incentives or other savings.

Chart data is for base 2019 models. Standard features refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Range is as defined by the EPA.

If you’re not committed to getting an EV, you could think about hybrid vehicles. We compiled lists of the best plug-in hybrids and the best hybrid cars for the money.

The bottom line on the Tesla Model X 

If you’re looking for a fully electric vehicle that can seat seven in high style and safety, you don’t have a ton of options. However, there’s no getting around the fact that the Model X is pricey. A used model might be a more budget-conscious option. You could also check out the best electric cars for the money.


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