2016 Tesla Model X vs. Its Competition

2016 Tesla Model X

The 2016 Tesla Model X nominally competes with large luxury SUVs from not only Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, but also Range Rover, Porsche, and even Bentley.

It doesn't have the off-road capability or cargo flexibility that some of them offer, but its mix of smoothness, performance, and energy efficiency is unparalleled.

The Land Rover Range Rover can go places the Tesla can't, although even its new diesel option can't compete on efficiency.

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class will seat seven far more comfortably, and its cargo area has acres of room.

The Porsche Cayenne has the performance chops, but only five seats, and even its plug-in hybrid is thirsty.

The Cadillac Escalade is a luxury vehicle that puts the U in SUV but falls down on poise and ride quality.

The BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo may come closest to the Model X in form, but there's no third row of seats.

2016 Tesla Model X2016 Tesla Model X
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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Td62016 Land Rover Range Rover
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2016 Mercedes-Benz G Class2016 Mercedes-Benz G Class
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2015 Porsche Cayenne2016 Porsche Cayenne
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2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum2015 Cadillac Escalade
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2016 Tesla Model X is unique, the sole all-electric SUV, even if its interior flexibility isn't what some buyers may expect from a utility vehicle.
9.2
Few vehicles can equal the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover's levels of performance and luxury on pavement; even fewer can keep up with it off-road.
7.4
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an ancient off-roader with modern mechanicals, a luxurious interior, and astronomical pricing. It makes almost no sense, which is why people seem to gravitate toward it.
8.0
The 2016 Porsche Cayenne offers more than enough on-the-road (or on-the-track) performance to satisfy enthusiast cravings, and it's likely to surprise and delight with its versatility and ruggedness.
8.2
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade promises--and delivers--more of everything a full-size luxury SUV buyer could want.
MSRP From    
$74,000$84,950$119,900$58,300$72,970
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 14 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine    
ElectricIntercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-6Gas V8
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door 60D *Ltd Avail*4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door G 550AWD 4-Door4WD 4-Door Standard
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55557
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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