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2021 Tesla Model X Review: Leading The EV Charge

by Aiden Eksteen

With 670 pure electrified horsepower at its disposal and highly advanced underpinnings, the 2021 Tesla Model X presents performance specifications that position it within a league of its own. Its 3.8-second 0 to 60 mph sprint time, 348-mile all-electric driving range, and its Autopilot advanced driver-assist technologies make it a class leader in the electric vehicle space. For 2021, Tesla presents the Model X with a selection of new upgrades and additions that further its position in the rapidly developing market even more. The latest updates for the new model year help augment the Tesla's futuristic spirit, exclusivity, and novelty. Many automakers are hitting the market with their own proficient EV 5-door SUVs, such as Audi with the e-tron S Sportback, Bollinger with the B1, and BMW with the iX, and though some buyers may be deterred by the Tesla's questionable build quality and reliability track recordty, the Model X remains one of the most proficient EVs on the road.

2021 Tesla Model X Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 Model X?

Tesla makes constant changes to its models throughout the year rather than a single large update once per year. For this reason, a 2021 Tesla Model X you purchase in January may be quite different from the one you purchase in July. At the best of times, Elon Musk and his eccentric Twitter feed is the best way to find out about Tesla updates.

For now, we know that the Long Range Plus has been dropped from the lineup. Tesla's relentless pursuit of better performance and a longer range continues here, though. The current first-gen Model X Long Range now takes a mere 3.8 seconds to reach 60 mph and combines that with a range of 348 miles. As before, its performance/range specs remain unbeatable. The automaker has also made some changes to the car's exterior design, while inside, it has received a new square steering wheel along with a new infotainment display.

Pros and Cons

  • Vigorous acceleration
  • Class-leading all-electric range
  • Modern and minimalistic design
  • Expansive cabin and trunk
  • Several fun and quirky tech gimmicks
  • Second-rate build quality is noticeable
  • High-end luxury features are minimal
  • Distracting infotainment touchscreen

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2021 Tesla Model X Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Long Range
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$104,990

Model X Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 198.3 in
  • Wheelbase 116.7 in
  • Height 66.0 in
  • Max Width 78.7 in
  • Front Width 67.1 in
  • Rear Width 67.3 in
  • Curb Weight 5,185.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Solid Black +$1,500
  • Midnight Silver Metallic +$1,500
  • Deep Blue Metallic +$1,500
  • Red Multi-Coat +$2,500
  • Pearl White Multi-Coat

Model X Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The latest 2021 Tesla Model X comes fitted with a permanent magnetic electric motor on the front axle and another on the rear axle. Power tops out at a combined 670 hp and is directed through a single-speed automatic transmission to the SUVs all-wheel drivetrain. As with every Tesla vehicle, acceleration responses from the Model X electric SUV are blisteringly vigorous, smooth, and absolutely silent. Thanks to its excellent fuel economy equivalent mileage and advanced battery tech, the Model X can cover up to 348 miles on a single charge. Charging the SUV on one of Tesla's Superchargers is ideal as you can get up to 175 miles of range in just 15 minutes. Not only is the Model X SUV a proficient EV, but it's also quite a utilitarian vehicle. This Long Range model boasts an impressive 5,000-pound towing capacity.

  • Engine
    Electric
  • Transmission
    Single Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Model X Gas Mileage

Model X Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Model X Trunk and Cargo Space

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Model X Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    8 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Tesla Model X a good SUV?

In the realm of electric vehicles, the 2021 Model X EV stands out in the growing classification as one of the most proficient and perhaps even unconventional options. It boasts phenomenal acceleration responses, a leading EV driving range, superb handling dynamics, and a fairly impressive towing capacity. It bears an exceptional safety rating, too, earned from the NHTSA's review of the latest 2021 Tesla Model X. It also comes standard with a comprehensive array of advanced driver assists and safety systems. It's a futuristic and novel-looking premium cruiser and it comes with a bunch of entertaining and quirky novelties that add to its charm and exclusivity. It's a really spacious and comfortable SUV on top of everything, and impressively practical for such an oddity. Unfortunately, Tesla does let us down a tad with its poor attention to build quality, but that doesn't detract too much from the overall experience. With its $89,990 starting price, the 2021 Tesla Model X SUV is an expensive car, but it remains, by far, the best EV money can buy in the USA.

๐Ÿš—What Tesla Model X Model Should I Buy?

With its 670-hp dual-electric motor setup and 348-mile EV range, the Tesla Model X Long Range is an exceptional EV SUV as is. The Self-Driving Package is a worthwhile addition, however, as it adds a comprehensive selection of nifty automated driving systems that significantly improve driving convenience and safety. Including this package now, at $10,000, will also ensure that future updates are included and at no additional cost. The default white exterior color suits the Model X's futuristic impression and we'd stick with the 17-inch alloy wheels as the larger ones diminish ride comfort and towing capability.

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