With its lineup of electric vehicles, Tesla is an unconventional company that thrives on throwing normality out the window. And while breaking the mold can benefit consumers, the benefit is questionable in the case of the Model X. With enough gee-whiz gizmos to give William Gibson a thrill, the X seemingly sacrifices practicality and pragmatism for the purpose of showboating.
The Model X SUV doesn't shine brightly, unlike the Model S sedan, which impressed us and topped our road-test scoring system. Sure, the X is quick and doesn't consume a drop of gasoline. However, it isn't as quiet, doesn't ride as comfortably, and demonstrates severely compromised usability and utility in everyday use.