The 2022 Tesla Model X is an impressive one SUV, but is it a good family car? It has plenty of room for passengers, an electric powertrain and plenty of family-friendly features. But is it really suitable for people with children? Let’s take a look at the Model X crash test ratings, safety features and technology.
The 2022 Tesla Model X has good NHTSA crash test scores
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a non-profit organization that conducts crash test assessments to help consumers make informed decisions. It tested the 2022 Tesla Model X and the safety ratings for the Tesla SUV are good. These include the general four-wheel drive crash, side-crash and rollover ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet tested the Model X.
In addition, the 2022 Tesla Model X comes with a plethora of important safety features. According to AutoBlog, the Tesla Model X comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability control, and front and side airbags. They also have overhead and knee airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and a restraint system.
The Tesla Model X comes with a modern interior
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The 2022 Tesla Model X has the kind of updated interior you’d expect in an electric SUV. But is it a family-friendly design? Consumer Reports says the captain’s seats in the second row don’t fold, so a large cargo won’t fit in the back. It also notes that the view in the Model X isn’t great, especially since the “large roof pillars block the view to all angles.”
The Model X does have a large touchscreen infotainment system that appeals to those who love technology. Still, using it can be problematic while driving. In addition, the Tesla Model X has the semi-autonomous Autopilot feature that, according to Consumer Reports, can “add convenience, but potentially lull drivers to complacency.”
Model X’s yoke handlebars pose a safety concern
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One of the most unique features of the 2022 Tesla Model X is arguably one of the most dangerous. Tesla has introduced a yoke steering wheel in the Model X (as in other Teslas) instead of the traditional round steering wheel. While this may have some aesthetic benefits, it poses a safety concern for Model X and could jeopardize its status as a family-friendly car.
Consumer Reports tested the Tesla Model X and says it “makes the new yoke even worse.” It doesn’t like that the yoke handlebars don’t have “turn signal, wiper, high beam, or horn stems.” To operate these functions, the driver has to push buttons, which, according to Consumer Reports, requires you to take your eyes off the road and is a distraction. It also presented a problem when turning, entering driveways and parking. Worst of all, according to Consumer Reports, sometimes “the yoke just slipped out of our test rider’s hands, which is dangerous.”
Overall, the 2022 Tesla Model X is an impressive looking SUV, but probably not the best family SUV. While it has good crash test scores, the distracting functions of the touchscreen and push buttons on the steering wheel are certainly problematic. In addition, the yoke handlebars may not be suitable for parents who drive a lot and have to drive in and out of driveways and parking lots. Plus, the lack of storage means you may want to look elsewhere for your family-friendly SUV.
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