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Model 6, Six Seater - long trips and 2nd row comfort


Mar 2, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
Interesting discussion on armrests, which I think are a Tesla shortcoming but which I’ve not seen much discussion on. For the 2nd row of our 7 seater, a couple of large pillows in the middle work ok to fill the need. They have the added bonus of serving as pillows when needed.

Tesla stopped offering the center console for the 6 seater as one of their consolidation efforts to reduce options to simplify production. Was once so many separate options that there were 2000 variations for the model S, I believe. Fewer options = cost containment.


Active Member
Apr 22, 2017
My brother was shopping for an X back in February, and the sales advisor said they could add the center console for him at no cost when he ordered. I don’t know if it has changed in the last couple months.


Mar 21, 2016
I also had the console installed on my 2017 X
Been looking forever and asking forever and finally caught a break when I saw someone on the forum who ordered showed me the part info which I passed along to my SC and they ordered and installed

Seattle Tom

Mar 31, 2016
Seattle, WA
We love our 6 seater with center console. IMO, it’s a travesty the second row seats don’t have armrests. Even during my test drive years ago that stood out as a huge problem, to say nothing of a long road trip. To be fair to Tesla, my buddy just got a Volvo XC90 Inscription edition and it’s a six seater with no second row armrests or console either!

Prior to the X and S refresh, Tesla did offer the center console “off menu.” No idea if that’s still the case. It’s totally worth if you love the pedestal monopost seats, which I do.

And then for the OP definitely get a bike rack. The 6 seater is definitely LESS functional than the 5 and 7 seat bench seats. Finagling a bike in there isn’t worth the trouble.
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Jan 28, 2013
What I hope that Tesla can fix is the lack of recline for the 2nd row, compared to other captains chairs sold by luxury brands there isnt enough recline and it makes sleeping uncomfortable especially when combined with the lack of armrests.

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