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2018 Tesla Model X: Overview

What’s New for 2018?

The 2018 Tesla Model X returns with no new changes.

What We Like

Impressive range; excellent performance; those cool doors; semi-autonomous driving; futuristic look

What We Don’t

Unknown reliability; high price tag; uncertain technology; doors can become tiresome

Overview

Although the market continues to offer more and more choices for shoppers interested in a high-end, high-performance SUV, none are quite like the Tesla Model X. There are two major reasons for that: One is the vehicle’s propulsion system, which is fully electric; the other is the Model X’s wild falcon-wing doors.

We’ll start with the propulsion system, as it’s the Model X’s most distinctive and arguably most exciting feature. The SUV comes in three fully electric variants, all with standard all-wheel drive. They begin with the 75D, which starts around $85,500 with shipping, comes with a 237-mile range and delivers a 0-to-60 time of six seconds. Upgrade to the 100D, and you’ll spend $102,000 before options to get 295 miles of range and a 4.7-second 0-to-60 time. Finally, topping the Tesla lineup is the P100D, which touts over 700 horsepower, a 2.9-second 0-to-60 time and a 289-mile range — all for about $140,000 with shipping. Of course, options go from there.

If that sounds like a lot of money, it certainly is, but the Model X justifies its price tag in several ways.

We’ve already mentioned performance and propulsion, but that doesn’t even cover the SUV’s biggest trick: its doors. The Model X’s rear doors are hinged at the top rather than in front, so they open above the vehicle. It’s a neat trick, though we wonder how much money Tesla could’ve saved (and how many headaches they could’ve avoided) by just giving the Model X standard rear doors. We’ve also noticed the "falcon-wing doors," as Tesla calls them, get a bit tiresome — especially with the attention they normally draw in parking lots.

If the 2018 Tesla Model X seems like it offers a lot of thrilling traits to draw your interest, we certainly agree. But don’t get too excited just yet: Not only has there been a longer-than-usual backlog to fill, some early models have suffered some problems with reliability as well as fit and finish. Still, there’s little doubt this is one of the coolest vehicles on the market today.

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