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Smooth and quiet ride (help)

Hello Tesla experts. I am looking for some advice / guidance on a very specific goal and I think this is the right section to post since Im 99 percent I need an X but generally - I want the smoothest riding Tesla possible. A little back story:

  • I currently have a 2018 Tesla model three long range and the car is incredible and amazing and still feels like I’m in the future. That said its one of the if not the bumpiest and loudest rides I’ve ever been in. I had 2 Ford Fusions before my 3. I have taken it to the dealership a couple times and they said it’s normal… In casual reading of this forum says that it’s how sport car handles etc. etc. When I initially bought this car it was because I had a three hour round-trip commute in LA traffic and all I cared about was auto drive. So basically I purchased the "cheapest" possible way to have auto drive and it worked and I loved it… However now I am working from home and I don’t use auto drive much even though I still love it for road trips. That said with two kids and a wife who hates bumps and gets nauseous in bumpy cars I am looking for the smoothest Tesla possible which I assume is the model X with the raven suspension.
Here is what I think is true but can’t exactly verify
  • My 3 and the Y for all intense and purposes is the same car when it comes to quietness and the smooth ride. I believe the 3 and the Y both have some type of spring coil and the x and s have some type of fancy air suspension.
  • I am looking at used as well as new and reports seem to be some kind of improvement with the new raven suspension? I know nothing about cars and have no idea what that means but that seems to be the consensus. Is it true that an X with Raven is "smoother and quieter" than not raven? If so what year did Raven come out in terms of what year+ X I should search for.
  • I love the S and have driven some friends and really loved how smooth the ride was but it was too much car with not enough window for me (and the kids) so I dont want S.
So... my assumption that the best model for me is a model x with raven suspension. Do you folks agree? Also should I be looking for a certain tire config or something?

  • I know there are a lot of aftermarket tips and tricks in terms of new shocks or lowering tire pressure for new tires and smaller tires etc. and I tried variety of those things with not much luck on my 3. To be honest I’m not a guy who wants to spend that much time (kids dont allow for that) updating and suping up a car I just want the quietest smoothest ride possible.
  • PS often times people say you should get a Bentley or Camry but I don’t want those I want a Tesla because I love the auto drive and I love feeling like I’m driving in the future! And - I live next door to a service station and close to chargers so it’s very convenient.

Thank you in advance.


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Nov 24, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
Hello Tesla experts. I am looking for some advice / guidance on a very specific goal and I think this is the right section to post since Im 99 percent I need an X but generally - I want the smoothest riding Tesla possible. A little back story:
Thank you in advance.
Rather than repeat all of your reasoning, it sounds like your choice of an X is valid. Only problem is, I hope you are not in any hurry. If you order today, you are looking at delivery some time in 2023.


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Nov 13, 2017
Edwardsburg, MI
Hi @JoeyJOEJOE ,

The Raven line of cars and suspension started roughly
April of 2019.
The Raven suspension you are looking for is called "Adaptive suspension."
So - That is what you are looking for...
That being said, once the Raven cars started production both S and X
since then, and now are equipped with the "Adaptive suspension."

Good Luck - I am patiently waiting for my (2022?) Model X Long Range
with the new to me "Adaptive Suspension."

To check to see if a car (X or S) is equipped with the Adaptive suspension.
Go to the Software panel and check the "Additional Options" page.
Air Suspension Type - Will show Standard or Adaptive(?).

Good luck,

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