Tesla Model X: Cars.com Shares 8 Likes & 8 Dislikes

FEB 18 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 12

Tesla Model X: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (well, they don’t actually say it’s ugly)

For starters, Cars.com has spent quite a good deal of time with the Tesla Model X fairly recently, and it’s impressed overall. In fact, Cars calls it “an exceptional vehicle loaded with features that leave you asking why other makers haven’t copied them.” That’s a pretty positive statement to say the least.

Cars even goes so far as to say that while the Model X has some “gimmickry” and quirks, it’s nothing short of a solid family vehicle. Managing Editor Joe Bruzek explains that the gimmicks and quirks are sometimes frowned upon, but they work to make the Tesla crossover unique when it comes to not only electric vehicles, but also luxury SUVs in general.

Without a bunch of unneeded discussion, we’re just going to cut to the chase here. Some of Cars’ pros and cons may seem pretty obvious, as they’ve been pointed out time and time again. Still, you may find others enlightening and helpful. Here goes:


Cars.com’s Likes

1. Spaceship Facade and Acceleration

Bruzek elaborates, “If a rush of acceleration tingles your senses, the Model X is for you.”

2. Over-the-Air Updates

It’s like getting a new car on a regular basis.

3. Brakes Feel Normal, or Better

The Model X crossover’s regenerative braking feels natural. In fact, the brake pedal feel is better than some gas-powered vehicles.

4. Smart Air Suspension

The adjustable ride height is much like that of other luxury vehicles, but being able to program it to automatically adjust in specific locations is a nice touch.

5. Autopilot Makes Commuting More Tolerable

Bruzek says Tesla Autopilot is a “must-use” for busy commutes. Cars says it’s one of the best semi-autonomous systems on the market.

6. Long Range

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7. Spacious, Nice Interior

This one is a big deal. It’s no surprise that the Model X cabin is expansive. However, Cars says it’s “by no means cheap; the materials are supple and the fit and finish is precise.” Tesla has received much negative press about its interior materials and fit and finish, so, coming from Cars, this says a lot.

8. A Big-Screen Experience

The Model X SUV’s 17-inch touch screen is quite popular. Bruzek says that most automakers struggle when replacing dials and knobs with touch-screen controls. However, Tesla has it figured out.


Cars.com’s Dislikes

1. It’s Not Very Agile

The Model X is heavy and can’t carve corners, but neither can most 3-row SUVs.

2. Rough Ride Quality

It doesn’t provide the cushioned ride of many rivals. However, Cars’ test vehicle had 22-inch skinny tires, which surely played a role.

3. Unconventional Blind Spot Warning

Rather than having lights on the side mirrors, the Model X shows a blind spot warning on the screen, which is less obvious.

4. Third Row Needs Improvement

Not only is the third row tight in the Model X, the second row bench doesn’t slide forward enough. Opting for the second-row captain’s chairs is probably a wise choice if you’re going to get a 3-row Model X.

5. Screen Freeze

On one occasion, the instrument panel and screen frozen on Cars’ test Model X. It was quick to reset with the steering wheel controls. While a screen freeze in any car is sure to get your attention and irritate you, it’s widely common despite make or model.

6. Strange, Slow Doors

Ah yes, the infamous Falcon Wing Doors. They’re certainly cool to look at, but they “feel flimsy.” Nonetheless, the sensors work well to keep them from banging into stuff. Additionally, Cars says the auto-opening front doors don’t open fast enough.

7. Out-of-date Smartphone Integration

What? No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto! Plus, no Siri and no voice-to-text feature whatsoever.

Bruzek admits, “All in all, it’s basic Bluetooth that feels like phone integration from five years ago.”

8. Sun Visors Are Subpar

With such a large, panoramic windshield, the sun visors just don’t cut it.

Follow the source link below for more specific details related to Cars.com’s list of likes and dislikes. Then, share your Model X pros and cons with us in the comments section below.

Source: Cars.com

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12 Comments on "Tesla Model X: Cars.com Shares 8 Likes & 8 Dislikes"

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As a Model X owner… I find the likes obvious… glad to see them pointed out for the uninitiated… We especially appreciate the ride height adjustment for ingress egress of the vehicle. My wife has mobility issues and the ride height of the Model X is perfect rather than falling into and climbing out of a Model S or 3. As to its ability to “carve corners” not sure what they mean… I can outrun most cars on curves and since I was trained in the late apex method of approaching turns where you straighten the exit as much as possible and accelerate out of the turns earlier… seems very able. Sometimes drivers are afraid to push a car that corners as fast as its tires will let it… but versus most SUV/CUV this car is virtually unrollable so the tires seem to be the biggest limiting factor. It definitely handle differently than most cars and IMO better.

Also hopeful that they will offer Android Auto integration. Looking forward to it as an over the air update someday… we’ll see.

Unfortunately, Android Auto and Apple Carplay do need to have some hardware integrated into the overall media system. I really miss Android Auto and I wish Tesla could apply it to their cars, but it doesn’t seem like it is even close to a priority.

What I would love is if Tesla actually improved the existing system. Some of the basic needs would be for the music search to go across platform, or at least check the phone or USB along with the current stream. Why oh why doesn’t Tesla have Sirius?

It would be nice if the media player could actually use the USB drive for music playing. But it was a complete afterthought by Tesla. There is no random play, only allowing the songs to be played in alphabetical order. The system resets to stream whenever you park the car, let alone begin where you left off.

I could go on and on about the lousy media system. I just can’t understand why it is such a low priority given the great quality of the speakers.

Hopefully, never.
Tesla’s setup is in general, secured.

I don’t know anyone that uses Android Auto and I’m curious what function it provides. My only 2013 Model S seems to do a great job at working with my phone, playing my music and taking my calls. What am I missing out on?

I’s a largely seamless touch screen experience based on Android? I mean credit to Tesla where it is due for their interface, but the one with billions of users and devices is going evolve faster and develop advantages over one that’s trying try to blaze a trail in an environment where touch screens are only just catching on.

I have never been in any Tesla, let alone a Model X, but the other day I saw one in a parking garage trying to open the falcon wing doors. Due to the low clearance in the garage, the door barley opened. I watched a small child slip through the one foot opening at the bottom of the door. No way a normal sized adult could have gotten out. Watching that happen made me realize that the Model X is not for me. Hopefully the Model Y will have normal rear doors.

Those doors are nice though. I had one for a couple weeks, and those doors were so nice for closely parked cars. I hope the Y doesn’t have regular doors. I’m hoping for at least sliding doors, because the regular doors, the kids keep slamming into other cars.

My only dislike of the Model X is that I don’t have one.

“The Model X crossover’s regenerative braking feels natural. In fact, the brake pedal feel is better than some gas-powered vehicles.”

I don’t think Cars.com understands how regenerative braking works on the Tesla. It is not the same as most other electric/hybrids. On a Tesla, it happens with one-pedal driving–you lift your foot off the accelerator and regenerative braking starts.

The brake pedal, on the other hand, just puts on the physical brakes, with no regeneration, unlike many electric/hybrids. So of course it feels similar to brakes on gas-powered vehicles.

As a driver of a plug-in hybrid, I’m more used to brake pedal regeneration. It does make braking sometimes less than smooth, however, so maybe Tesla’s simpler approach has advantages.

The fact that someone who doesn’t understand how it works likes it means they’re doing it right.

Model X 2nd row head room in the middle seat is also very limited. That makes the vehicle not very practical for carrying taller passenger in the 2nd row. The recommendation for captain’s seat is a good one so it would avoid that problem.

3rd row spacing is a joke for sure.