2021 Tesla Model X

MSRP range: $89,990 - $119,990
Edmunds suggests you pay$91,190

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2021 Tesla Model X Review

  • Instant and powerful acceleration
  • Electric range is impressive
  • Three-row seating is available
  • Access to Tesla's extensive Supercharger network
  • Finicky upward-swinging rear doors impede functionality
  • Vast windshield lets too much sun and heat into the cabin
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't offered
  • All-new interior design with new dash, steering wheel and infotainment screen
  • Minor changes to exterior design
  • Lineup now consists of Long Range and Plaid trims
  • Part of the first Model X generation introduced for 2016

Although the Model X debuted over five years ago, it's still essentially a unicorn in the market. Even if you take its showstopping falcon-wing rear doors out of the equation, no other SUV — electric or otherwise — can match the Model X's acceleration. Throw in its impressive 360 miles of estimated driving range and you really do have a one-of-a-kind vehicle.

For 2021, Tesla has updated the interior of the Model X with a higher-definition 17-inch touchscreen, a new instrument panel, and a rather controversial steering wheel design that looks more like something from an airplane than a car. The automaker also changed the name of the Performance version to Plaid, a reference to the Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs.

Direct competitors are few, with Tesla's own Model S sedan the most similar in range and performance. If you don't need the space the Model X offers, the smaller Tesla Model Y is also worth a look. Audi's e-tron SUV is another all-electric luxury SUV, while the Mercedes-Benz GLE offers superior interior materials and build quality, though it's currently only available with a gasoline engine. Is the Model X a truly unique world beater? Read our Expert Rating below to find out.

What's it like to live with?

Edmunds' editorial team acquired and lived with a 2016 Tesla Model X for nearly two years, logging nearly 25,000 miles. As an all new-design for Tesla, it had a few teething problems at first and suffered from some build-quality issues. The 2021 Tesla Model X differs from our early long-term Model X by way of improved cabin materials and significantly upgraded software, and build quality in recent Teslas we've driven is much improved. It's the same generation, though, so many of our observations still apply. To learn more about the Tesla Model X, check out our 2016 Tesla Model X coverage.

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There's so many interesting aspects to the Model X — the panoramic windshield, the upward-opening falcon-wing doors and the sports car-beating acceleration — that you can almost overlook the fact that the Tesla Model X is electric. Cargo and passenger space is impressive, too, as long you opt for the five-seat configuration. But subpar smartphone integration and a lack of practicality continue to be weak spots.
Performance has become the calling card of the Tesla brand and the midsize Model X upholds that reputation. Our test Model X Long Range accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds at the Edmunds test track, which is quick for a luxury SUV. And this isn't even the Performance version.

Balancing out that impressive speed are excellent brakes that are both easy to use in traffic and strong and confident when you need to stop in a hurry. There's enough regenerative braking when lifting off the accelerator that you can often drive around without touching the brake pedal. Ultra-quick steering makes the X feel nimble, while its low center of gravity and adaptive suspension keep body motions to a minimum. This sizable family SUV drives more like a car.

Also worth noting: The adaptive air suspension provides up to 8.9 inches of ground clearance when you need it.
One benefit of the larger Tesla models, including the Model X, is the adaptive air suspension, which significantly improves ride comfort. Even with 20-inch wheels and an exceptionally high tire pressure of 45 psi, the Model X boasts an admirable ability to absorb bumps in the road. This quality, along with a cabin well insulated against outside noise, makes for a very comfortable environment.

As far as seats go, the Model X's are pretty well cushioned and provide enough adjustments to dial in your personal comfort. But the simulated leather upholstery lacks breathability, so even mildly warm weather can make the seats feel swampy. The Model X's climate controls are simple to use, but know that the extra-large windshield lets in a bit more heat during hot summer days than a typical-size windshield.
Obviously, the doors are the biggest story here on the Model X. First you have the driver's door that opens automatically and can be shut without lifting a finger (brilliant!). Then you have the rear doors that open like wings (conversation starter!) and provide unmatched access to the rear seats. But they can also be liabilities in places/garages with low ceilings.

The Model X's centralized touchscreen interface is pretty straightforward and easy to use. It's the gateway to most vehicle functions except for a few things the driver needs, such as wiper controls and mirror adjustments. Those thankfully have their own controls.

Interior space is generous for the first and second rows. The complex falcon-wing door mechanisms intrude somewhat on third-row headroom. Oh, and that aforementioned extra-large windshield provides a panoramic view out like no other.
For all the technological marvels in the Model X, there are some shortcomings. The lack of proper smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a big drawback, and Bluetooth is a poor substitute. If you're parked, you've got access to an internet browser that allows you to do stuff like watch Netflix or scroll through YouTube videos — provided you're subscribed to a Tesla data plan or connected to Wi-Fi.

The Model X's advanced driver aids also didn't prove as robust as those in other Teslas we've tested. The adaptive cruise control was prone to false positive collision warnings, and lane centering seemed to favor the driver-side line instead of the center. The real-time digital map of all the cars and motorcycles around you is pretty neat to see, and we like that you can pull up the rearview camera anytime you want.

One of the greatest innovations from Tesla, however, is constant over-the-air updates that can add new features and system optimizations. Also, the big center screen is the largest in the industry, with crisp graphics and a stunning Google-based nav system. Our only gripe is that it can leave you temporarily mapless in spotty service areas.
Storage is excellent in the Model X. The combination of a large 26-cubic-foot rear cargo area with generous underfloor storage (sans optional third row) plus the largest front trunk in the segment makes the X the best at hauling cargo. Though we don't recommend an EV if you need to tow things over long distances, the Model X is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.

In-cabin storage for small items is better than average but still not ideal. There's sizable storage underneath a sliding cover with configurable partitions. They're a bit clumsy, though, and not the most efficient design. A flip-up wireless phone charger holds your phone securely while it charges.

The falcon-wing doors absolutely rule for car seat access, and there's sufficient room for a large rear-facing seat behind an average-size driver. Car seat anchors are tucked a bit deep, though, and the fixed headrests mean awkward routing of top tethers to the side.
The Model X Long Range we tested (not the latest Long Range Plus) has an EPA-estimated range of 328 miles and a consumption of 35 kWh per 100 miles, which is less efficient than the average luxury EV. But the Model X is one of the larger EVs sold and boasts impressive performance.

In Edmunds' real-world testing, we saw 294 miles of range and matched the EPA's estimate of 35 kWh/100 miles. This involved charging the battery to full for max range, which should only be done for longer road trips. A lower charge for daily use is what the manufacturer recommends.

The X comes with an 11.5-kW onboard charger and the usual assortment of charge cord options, including a standard 120-volt household adapter, a 240-volt SAE adapter (for public charge equipment) and a NEMA 14-50 adapter (what you'd find at an RV park). It also works with Tesla's nationwide Supercharger network, which can make long-distance driving a viable option.
Overall, the Model X's pricing is pretty competitive among midsize luxury EVs even without the benefit of a tax credit. Tesla's build quality has steadily improved over the years, though the Model X's is still a bit below the competition. You do get a battery range and performance advantage, but the interior lacks the solidity of an Audi, even if the minimalist design is visually appealing.

The basic warranty is four years and 50,000 miles, which is about average but less than what Jaguar offers. The powertrain is covered for eight years/150,000 miles, and Tesla guarantees that the battery will retain at least 70% of its original capacity over that period.
The Model X is engineered to wow. It'll impress your passengers with its sheer speed and panoramic windshield, and it'll entertain parents in the school pickup line as your kids pile in through an outstretched falcon-wing door. The X's theatrics have likely converted a good number of SUV fans to EVs.

Even a base Model X is pretty fun to hustle around. That's thanks to the low-mounted battery weight that makes it feel more like a car than an SUV. The immediate thrust from the electric motors becomes addicting, so much so that you might swear off gas-powered cars for good.

Which Model X does Edmunds recommend?

Unless you need the absurd level of performance offered by the Plaid trim level, we'd recommend the Model X in its Long Range trim. Not only do you save a considerable amount of money over the Plaid, but you get a longer driving range (as the name suggests) as well as more performance than even the most high-performance SUVs can deliver. A popular option, though not an inexpensive one, is Tesla's Autopilot driver assistance system.

Tesla Model X models

The Tesla Model X is a battery electric SUV with seating for five, six or seven people. Two trim levels are available, Long Range and Plaid (formerly the Performance trim), and every Model X is all-wheel-drive. The estimated range is 360 miles for the Long Range and 340 miles for the Plaid. Of note: Tesla has the ability to upgrade or add features through over-the-air updates, so features may be added or expanded throughout the model year.

Long Range
Offers the longest driving range plus a host of standard equipment, such as:

  • Dual-electric motors (up to 670 horsepower)
  • Air suspension
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Trailer hitch
  • Keyless entry
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 17-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • 22-speaker audio system
  • Wireless charging
  • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front)
  • Collision mitigation braking (applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle to avoid or minimize a collision)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Tesla and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)

Equipped much the same as the Long Range but adds mind-boggling performance with:

  • Three electric motors (up to 1,020 hp)
  • Torque vectoring (adjusts power to individual wheels to improve handling)

Only a few options are available at purchase, including:

  • 22-inch wheels
  • Seating for six or seven passengers (five is standard)
  • Full Self-Driving Capability (provides additional semi-automated driving assistance features, such as summoning the Model X out of parking spaces and automatic lane changes on the highway. Tesla promises this feature will support fully automated driving in the future, but currently the Model X's "self-driving" capability doesn't exist.)

Consumer reviews

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Features & Specs

Battery & Range
EPA KWh/100 mi.: N/A
Time To Charge Battery (At 240V): N/A
EPA Electricity Range: N/A
5 seats
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: N/A / Height: N/A / Width: N/A
Curb Weight: 5185 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A

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Our experts’ favorite Model X safety features:

Provides enhanced lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control to reduce the driver's workload.
Automatic Emergency Braking
Applies the brakes when it detects an imminent front crash.
All-Wheel Drive
Powers all four wheels to enhance traction in low-traction conditions.

Tesla Model X vs. the competition

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Tesla Model X vs. Tesla Model S

If the idea of a luxury EV is appealing but you prefer a sedan to an SUV, look no further than the Tesla Model S. The Model S is equipped similar to the Model X but offers better performance and driving range thanks to its lighter weight. You'll give up significant cargo space compared to the Model X, but you'll also get more traditional, less fussy rear doors.

Compare Tesla Model X & Tesla Model S features 

Tesla Model X vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The GLE looks and feels a little fresher than the Model X, and like most vehicles in this class, it significantly undercuts the Tesla's starting price. Both are loaded with tech and driver aids, but the Mercedes boasts one of our favorite infotainment systems. The Mercedes' interior is a step up in quality too. As with most of the Model X's competitors, though, there's no fully electric variant of the GLE.

Compare Tesla Model X & Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class features 

Tesla Model X vs. Audi e-tron

Audi's e-tron is one of our favorite electric SUVs thanks to its high-quality interior, modern styling and comfortable ride. The e-tron, though, falls well short of the Tesla in performance and driving range, but it is less expensive. The Model X offers almost 140 more miles of range as well as mind-bending performance the Audi simply cannot match. The Tesla also provides a third row of seating, which the e-tron lacks.

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2021 Tesla Model X First Impressions

What is the Model X?

The 2021 Model X is a large all-electric SUV that sits at the top of Tesla's SUV lineup. The Model X offers up to three rows of seating and an EPA-estimated 360 miles of all-electric range in Long Range trim. That's more range than any other fully electric SUV on sale today and only behind the Tesla Model S and Model 3 when it comes to EVs as a whole.

The Model X packs in some of the most advanced tech and driver aids available today, and access to Tesla's vast Supercharger network should help alleviate range anxiety. And while we may have mixed opinions about the usefulness of the rear falcon-wing doors, they do give the Model X a certain character that no other EV can match.

There are some changes in store for the 2021 Model X. First up is the new Tesla Model X Plaid. The Plaid, which presumably gets its name from an obscure Spaceballs movie reference, will gain an electric motor, for a total of three. The automaker is touting an output of 1,020 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds.

Also on tap for 2021 is an updated interior. The original vertical screen orientation is no more: The 2021 features a horizontally oriented touchscreen, which is the style Tesla implemented on its Model 3 and Y. There's also an additional dash-mounted driver information display above the steering wheel and an entertainment display for rear passengers. A new steering wheel design is also raising some eyebrows — it's styled to look like an aircraft's flight yoke or, perhaps more whimsically, the twin-grip design from Knight Rider's KITT. It's unclear whether this design is fully approved for production, however.

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The Model X is unlike anything else on the road. This three-row electric SUV combines space, utility, generous driving range and a unique character (hello, falcon-wing doors). The updates for 2021 should only enhance the X's performance and usability.

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Is the Tesla Model X a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Model X both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Tesla Model X. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Tesla Model X?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Tesla Model X:

  • All-new interior design with new dash, steering wheel and infotainment screen
  • Minor changes to exterior design
  • Lineup now consists of Long Range and Plaid trims
  • Part of the first Model X generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Tesla Model X reliable?

To determine whether the Tesla Model X is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Model X. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Model X's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Tesla Model X a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Tesla Model X is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Model X and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Model X is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Tesla Model X?

The least-expensive 2021 Tesla Model X is the 2021 Tesla Model X Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $89,990.

Other versions include:

  • Plaid 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) which starts at $119,990
  • Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) which starts at $89,990
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What are the different models of Tesla Model X?

If you're interested in the Tesla Model X, the next question is, which Model X model is right for you? Model X variants include Plaid 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), and Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD). For a full list of Model X models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Tesla Model X

2021 Tesla Model X Overview

The 2021 Tesla Model X is offered in the following submodels: Model X SUV. Available styles include Plaid 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), and Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD). The 2021 Tesla Model X comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 1-speed direct drive.

What do people think of the 2021 Tesla Model X?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Tesla Model X and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Model X.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Tesla Model X and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Model X featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Tesla Model X?

2021 Tesla Model X Plaid 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel

2021 Tesla Model X Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel

Transmission1-speed direct drive
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Passenger VolumeN/A
Curb Weight5390 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Tesla Model X?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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