Open Letter to Motor Trend based on first take review posted 2016 Tesla Model X 75D First Test Review - Motor Trend As a model X 75d owner, I found your first take review to be poorly written, overly sarcastic, and in many cases simply untrue. This article does not convey what potential owners of Model X would need to know about potentially purchasing the car. Here is my first take after two months of ownership. Design- Everywhere we go with this car people comment on the design positively. In fact, almost daily folks of all ages comment on the car. This hasn't happened with any other car we have owned. I am pretty sure Tesla got this right. Windshield is amazing for travel and visibility, no comfort issues with heat transmission in Florida. Falcon wing doors have been flawless after correction (sensors were too sensitive and sometimes doors would not shut all the way without manual override) and have never hit any object, let alone another car. Performance- Second to none in its class. All wheel drive. For the performance models, super car performance in an suv. Seriously, this alone should have automotive magazines praising the car. Comfort - The most comfortable car we have ever driven. The second row seats although not foldable are amazingly comfortable compared to other mid size SUVs or minivans we have owned. Third row is a bit cramped, but manageable and fairly typical for cars in this class. Air conditioning works well throughout the cabin and senses rear occupants to activate rear air conditioning. Car can be turned on remotely from smartphone and pre-conditioned with air conditioning so you don’t have to get into a 120 degree car on a hot day. Autopilot – Game changing technology for road trips. Traffic aware cruise control very accurate, autosteer performance has been very good but not perfect. Greatly reduces driver fatigue and improves safety overall on road trips if used appropriately. The best “cruise control” we have ever owned in a car. The car reads speed limit signs so you always know what the speed limit is even in construction zones and the on-screen display indicates vehicles in blind spots. Park assist indicates how many inches you are away from obstacles and rear camera system indicates vehicle path. Amazingly with updates this technology will continue to improve after the initial purchase. Audio/Navigation – Upgraded sound system is very good. Bluetooth phone performance is very good. Integrated internet audio negates need for satellite radio subscriptions. LTE internet connection included with cost of car. Google powered navigation system on largest and most user friendly touch screen in the industry. Tighter smartphone integration could be added through future software updates and would be a welcome addition. Car connects to wifi when parked. Safety – Crash tests are pending, Tesla claims will be class-leading. Storage – Ample for a mid-size SUV. Space in front truck, fold flat rear seats with deep well storage that can be hidden. Under seat storage in second row. Fold flat second row would be a nice improvement but the downside might be less comfortable second row seats. Utility – The first electric car that can tow 5000lbs. Can use hitch mounted accessories for bike racks etc. Tow mode works well. Air suspension allows adjustment of height for improved clearance and the car can learn by GPS location areas to automatically raise suspension. Electric range is reduced when towing and for long distance towing this is a consideration. Maintenance / Time Saved - No stops at gas stations for local travel. No oil changes. Minimal maintenance needed. For long distance travel free fast charging through tesla super chargers. What other car companies pay for your road trips, particularly in an SUV. Service – Excellent customer service. Tesla can log in to your car remotely to determine if an issue requires bringing the car to the service center. Some issues can be fixed remotely. Software Updates – As far as I am aware, no other car company provides over the air software updates where the functionality of the car improves over time. This also saves time from needing to go to the service center. Pros - class leading design, performance, comfort, technology, service, and likely safety. Cons – In seven seat model, third row is a bit cramped and careful adjustment of second row is needed for comfort of rear passengers. Initial software bugs with closing of falcon wing doors that have been corrected. Long distance towing requires adequate planning for charging due to reduced range. Lack of fold flat seats in second row may be an issue for some. Overall I am baffled by an automotive press that overly emphasizes minor flaws in a vehicle that gets so many things right. Just the fact that this car is the first and only long-range fully electric SUV with supercar performance should be enough to get accolades, but the Model X is far more than that. Every car has negative aspects but very few check off as many positives as the Model X. The folks that overly emphasize the minor negative points have probably never owned one and perhaps write articles to grab attention on the internet instead of communicate the truth.