2024 Tesla Model X Review

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Notable for its rear falcon-wing passenger doors, the Tesla Model X is a midsize electric crossover SUV, which means that it combines the high seating of a sport-utility vehicle yet retains the lighter build and comfort of a car. Tesla originally released this model in 2015.

The 2024 base trim level of the Model X, with a dual motor all-wheel drive, features an estimated EPA range of 335 miles and 660 peak horsepower. In 2021, Tesla began offering the more expensive, high-performance Plaid version of the Model X with an estimated EPA range of 326 miles and 1,020 horsepower. This tri-motor all-wheel drive level also boasts an impressive acceleration time: 2.5 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, according to Tesla.

Its range and passenger space — it seats seven — make the Model X a suitable family-friendly option. And its distinct look stands out among similar eclectic SUVs in its class. Here’s how it stacks up in terms of key features, available trims, specs and cost of ownership.

Cost of EV ownership

Automotive group AAA conducts an annual Your Driving Costs study that breaks down vehicles by category and provides the average costs for five top-selling models in each category. The summary below is for its EV category in 2023 and not a specific make and model.

Operating costs

Fuel cost per mile

4.74 cents.

Maintenance cost per mile

8.12 cents.

Ownership costs

Full-coverage insurance

$1,820.

License, registration, taxes

-$192.*

Depreciation (15K miles/year)

$5,296.

Finance charges

$1,260.

Total cost: 15K miles per year

Operating costs

$1,929.

Ownership costs

$8,183.

Total per year

$10,112.

*Negative amount reflects the availability of federal and state incentives, which vary from state to state.

Insurance costs

The price of insurance is also something that impacts ownership costs. The median annual premium for a 2024 Tesla Model X with full coverage is $3,814.50 — or $317.88 per month. (Note: This nationwide median rate is for a 35-year-old driver with good credit and a good driving history.) Keep in mind that your insurance cost may differ from this based on your age, your driving history, your location, the coverage you select, and the vehicle's make, model and trim.

How to charge an EV at home

The speed and cost of at-home EV charging varies widely, depending on what car you drive, where you live and what equipment you use. For example, the cost of adding about 100 miles to an EV when you charge at home can be anywhere from $2 to $22. (Adding the same number of miles at a public port can cost from $6 to $35.) Here’s what to know about your at-home charging options.

Level 1 charger. Level 1 chargers plug directly in to a standard 120-volt wall outlet using a connector that comes with most EVs. This option can be cost effective, depending on your electricity rates, but it’s the slowest way to charge an EV — you’ll get up to five miles of range per hour of charging.

Level 2 charger. This will give you a faster charge than a Level 1 charger — up to 250 miles of range per hour of charging — but it's more expensive than the former. Level 2 chargers don’t come with the vehicle, which means you’ll have to purchase these chargers separately. They typically cost from $400-$1,000, depending on your vehicle. You’ll also need a midlevel voltage (240-volt) wall outlet, which is typically reserved for large appliances like dryers and ovens. Such voltage is not common in most home garages, which means additional electrical work may be required. Level 2 wiring and installation can cost up to a few thousand dollars.

Tesla charging. Unlike most manufacturers that use a standard EV charging connector, Tesla uses a unique connector known as an NCAS, and sells its own at-home charging hardware, which is comparable to a Level 2 charger — both the connector and hardware have to be purchased separately.

EV battery size. Your vehicle’s battery size is measured in kilowatt-hours or kWh. EV battery capacities range from 20 kWh to more than 100 kWh. Larger batteries have a higher capacity, and the larger your vehicle’s battery capacity, the longer it will take to get to a full charge. For example, a 100 kWh battery will take longer to completely charge than a 20 kWh battery.

How to shop for an EV

Many aspects of shopping for an EV are the same as shopping for a gas-powered vehicle. For example, do you prefer a family car with more space or a luxury car with more amenities? Aside from the commonalities though, shopping for an EV has some distinct differences.

Range and battery size. The distance an EV can travel on a single charge is referred to as its range, and EV battery size (measured in kilowatt-hours) affects the range. Battery capacity differs by EV model, and typically the range for different EVs can vary from about 110 miles to over 300 miles on a single charge. This variation means you’ll want to determine which EVs have sufficient range to support the average number of miles you drive. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that EV ranges provided by the EPA are just estimates. Factors like cold weather can significantly reduce the actual number of miles you can drive on a single charge.

Price and incentives. Several years ago, buying a new EV cost on average $17,000 more than buying a gas-powered vehicle. The price gap between EVs and gas vehicles is closing, but cost is still an important consideration when EV shopping. New electric vehicle prices vary greatly, from EV models that cost less than $40,000 to luxury models costing more than $100,000 before any discounts. Determine which models fit your budget, and make sure to check whether you and the car qualify for federal, state, local or electric company incentives to reduce the price.

Ride and handling. If you’re new to driving an EV, it can take some getting used to. Expect instant acceleration, since electric motors hit maximum torque at low speeds. Also, EV regenerative braking slows the car without use of the brake pedal. Compared to a gasoline-powered car, EVs are built and drive differently — and some are better at it than others. Some EV models have been described as having a peculiar ride quality, so it’s especially important to take some test drives before deciding on a specific make and model.

How to shop for an auto loan

The process of getting an auto loan can go quickly: If you meet credit requirements, you may be able to walk into a dealership and drive away with a car and loan today. Still, it pays to take your time to tick off the following steps, to ensure you find the best loan with the lowest rate for your financial situation.

1. Check your credit report and credit scores. You’re entitled to a free copy of your report every week from each of the major reporting bureaus, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

2. Shop around at more than one lender. Survey large and regional banks and local credit unions, as well as online lenders and loan aggregators.

3. Get preapproved. This is different from pre-qualifying and requires a hard credit pull that may temporarily lower your credit scores. But because the lender will get more information about you and your credit history, the estimated rate should be closer to the final rate you receive upon loan approval.

4. Set a budget. Your loan offers will show the most you can borrow, the interest rate and an estimated monthly payment.

5. Select and finalize your loan. If you decide to buy a car at a dealership or online retailer, don’t skip applying for financing there too. Car manufacturers may offer below-market interest rates for their brands purchased at a dealership. And online retailers typically have their own financing and access to a network of lenders, but most allow you to bring your own financing.

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