The 2023 Tesla Model X enters the new year without any major changes. For consumers that aren’t interested in the yoke-styling steering wheel, Tesla has reintroduced a regular wheel as a no-cost option. Additionally, the model X now comes with a new key card instead of a car-shaped fob.
Choosing Your Tesla Model X
The Model X is available in two trims for 2023: Base and Plaid. Pricing for the base trim starts at $111,380, while the Plaid costs $121,380.
Tesla offers the Model X in two different configurations. All SUVs come with all-wheel drive, but the base model has two electric motors and the Plaid has three. The SUVs also feature a 100-kWh battery pack.
The base Model X isn’t a slouch and has strong performance from its dual-motor configuration. The SUV’s 348-mile range figure is also impressive for a large SUV. The Plaid stands out as the king of performance and is claimed to be the quickest acceleration SUV in production, according to Tesla. We’re impressed by the Plaid’s performance compared to the base trim and the fact that it only loses 15 miles in range. Speaking of performance, the base Model X can run the 0-60 sprint in 3.8 seconds, while the Plaid does it in just 2.5 seconds.
|Model||Engine Type||Horsepower||MPGe (City/Highway)|
|Base||Dual electric motors||670 hp||107 / 97|
|Plaid||Tri electric motors||1,020 hp||103 / 93|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Model X offers seating for up to five people as standard. Shoppers can spec seating for up to six people as an option for $6,500 or seven people for $3,500. Keep in mind that the six- and seven-passenger configurations lose some range compared to the base model that can seat up to five. The Plaid is exclusively available with seating for up to six.
The amount of cargo the Model X can hold depends on configuration. The base SUV has 37.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 85.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. SUVs that can seat up to seven people offer up to 15.1 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 33.8 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and 81.7 cubic feet of total cargo space. The Model X also comes with a 6.5-foot front trunk.
Tesla’s AutoPilot suite is standard on every Model X. The electric SUV comes with advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist to be able to handle most driving tasks on the highway. Additional standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera, parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, and automatic high-beam assist.
Like every other Tesla, the Model X has an enormous central touchscreen where drivers and passengers can control most of the vehicle’s functions. In the Model X, the central touchscreen is a 17-inch unit. The Model X also comes with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an eight-inch rear touchscreen, navigation, satellite radio, an HD Radio, a 22-speaker audio system, multiple USB ports, and a wireless charging pad.
Tesla doesn’t offer any optional tech features and the Model X isn’t available with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
Despite being the entry-level Model X, the base trim comes with niceties that include synthetic leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, power opening and closing doors, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, adaptive suspension, and 20-inch wheels.
The major option for the Model X includes 22-inch wheels that cost $5,500. Different color interiors are available for $2,000.
The high-performance Plaid trim adds an additional electric motor and a six-passenger configuration but comes with the same features as the base model.
The 2023 Tesla Model X Plaid is enticing, especially since it brings a lot more performance with a little hit in range. But the extra $10,000 is a large amount for what equates to quicker acceleration. So, the base Model X is the best option of the bunch. It comes well-equipped and has a generous amount of range. Enhanced Autopilot is the only feature worth getting, as it brings advanced safety features that you’ll only find on a Tesla.