Best Midsize Luxury SUV: Tesla Model X

Luxury SUVs are an incredible automotive segment, where you will find some of the most innovative vehicle technology available. A great representation of this is Tesla’s Model X.

Tesla’s Model X redefines what an SUV can achieve through its striking profile, brisk performance, and intuitive safety features. For these reasons and much more, the Tesla Model X earned the top midsize luxury SUV honor from suvs.com.

Below are some of the examples as to why the Model X earned our choice.

Efficient Design

To generate maximum distance between charges, Tesla designed the Model X with an aerodynamic body. The SUV’s crisp body lines, rear spoiler and lower profile all help the SUV achieve a drag coefficient of 0.24, which is 20 percent lower than the next best SUV in its class, according to Tesla.

What’s remarkable about the Model X’s design aside from appearance and efficiency, is how it helps protect you.

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Safety

When Tesla designed the Model X, it did so with an emphasis on providing the highest degree of safety possible. To demonstrate, the front trunk serves as a crumple zone. This means during frontal impact it can absorb crash energy, directing some of it away from the SUV’s occupants.

Another unique aspect of the Model X is its battery placement. Tesla mounted the SUV’s battery on the floor, helping it achieve a lower center of gravity, resulting in less susceptibility of rollovers occurring. The battery support structure also serves as a buffer, as it can provide protection in the event of a side impact collision.

Tesla went so far as to consider the air you breathe in the SUV’s cabin. By supplying the Model X with a medical grade HEPA filter, it traps bacteria, pollution, pollen and viruses from entering the vehicle’s cabin. The circulation system also features a bioweapon defense mode that develops positive air pressure within the cabin to keep you and your passengers safe. These additions illustrate the high level of care and consideration Tesla takes into account when designing its vehicles.

Technology

Staying with safety, Tesla’s Model X comes with a suite of active safety features. So far, this includes collision avoidance and emergency braking—which will be available for all Tesla Model X owners when the new software update comes out in December 2016.

Speaking of software updates, Tesla’s 8.0 update includes some amazing features, including an overhaul of its touchscreen, which comes standard in the Model X. You can use the new update to access your favorite musical content easier. The intuitive media player uses a simple search interface to help you locate your favorite radio stations, podcasts, music and more. Not only does this make it easier to find the content you want, it helps you keep your focus on driving.

Aiding in this regard as well is the voice command feature. To use this feature, you start by pressing the voice command button to make your requests. From there, the system provides a transcript feedback to ensure it has read your request correctly. The system also supplies visual aids to help you understand the capabilities available to you.

Lastly, Tesla is proud to be the first to offer cabin overheat protection. While it’s sad this technology has to exist, it can prevent health problems from occurring to children or pets left in the SUV on hot days. How this works is the system keeps the vehicle at a comfortable temperature for hours—even without the engine operating—thanks to the battery packs.

All of these technological features encompass Tesla’s commitment to supplying the most innovative tools at your disposal.

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Performance Stats

The seven-passenger SUV delivers the perfect blend of captivating performance range to make it an appealing buy. It comes equipped with a 100 kWh battery to help the SUV achieve a range of 289 miles per charge. Further, if you have a need for speed the Model X is your huckleberry. It can move from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. This is blazing acceleration you can use to elevate your drives.

Interior Space

The Model X possesses 26 cubic feet of trunk space. This provides it with a 10 percent advantage over its immediate peers, who average 23.6 cubic feet of trunk room.

Price

The Tesla Model X has a starting price of $83,000, making it $27,700 more expensive than what the average midsize luxury SUV cost. Therefore, the initial price could be a concern for many buyers.

However, it’s important to note that there are many ways to save money from tax credits to energy savings. To illustrate, if your daily commute is 60 miles, with a regular vehicle your gas costs could be $4.98—using $2.70 as the mean average for fuel prices. With the Tesla Model X, the energy cost to charge your vehicle will be around $2.73, saving you $2.25. Factor these daily savings without the need for required maintenance reserved for gasoline engines(like oil changes), and your cost of ownership continues to move down.

Competition

While the Tesla Model X is mostly in a class of its own, there are manufacturers scrambling to catch up. The Volvo XC90 T8 is a combination gasoline and electric offering that offers incredible performance—400-horsepower output—and great fuel efficiency with a combined 25 mpg. The SUV’s starting price is $68,100, making it more affordable than the Tesla Model X initially. However, it isn’t a fair comparison when you consider all the savings the Model X provides you with during the cost of ownership.

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Our Take

If you have the money, the Tesla Model X is a smart choice to consider. It features everything the modern SUV buyer wants from modern design to intuitive technological additions. In addition, the SUV transforms ordinary drives to the extraordinary with its agile handling and brisk acceleration. Tesla crafted a work of art in its Model X that will exceed your expectations on multiple fronts.

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