Rated to tow 5,000 pounds if properly equipped, the Tesla Model X is one of only a few plug-in electric vehicles with this level of hauling capability.

How well does the Model X perform while towing out in the real world?

To find out, the folks over at Edmunds put the X to the test.

Video description (for Part 1 video above):

Our Edmunds EV expert Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing, tests out the 2016 Tesla Model X EV's towing prowess while hauling a 1,500-pound Happier Camper HC1 fiber-glass trailer. After all, this electric vehicle does have a tow hitch and a 3,500-pound tow rating.

0:38 - Let's go camping 2:12 - First Stop 4:58 - Detour 6:22 - Drop the trailer

In Part 1 of the test, Dan drives the loaded-up Model X along the Tesla Supercharger network in California, from Santa Monica to Mojave to Lone Pine, with an emergency stop in Inyokern because range anxiety. This first day of driving 217 miles took about 8 hours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpExnUKxH7g

Video description:

Our Edmunds EV expert Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing, tests out the 2016 Tesla Model X EV's towing prowess while hauling a 1,500-pound Happier Camper HC1 fiber-glass trailer. After all, this electric vehicle does have a tow hitch and a 3,500-pound tow rating.

Part 2 is the nail-biter of the test with 99.5 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gain. At only a third of the way to Mammoth Lakes, California, the range prediction looks dire with a big climb ahead and no Supercharger detour option this time. Is the Tesla able to make it to its destination? This second day of driving 300 miles totals about 12 hours.