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I took a $163,000 Tesla Model X SUV on a road trip and discovered Tesla's greatest weapon isn't its cars

I took a $163,000 Tesla Model X SUV on a road trip and discovered Tesla's greatest weapon isn't its cars
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Our Tesla Model X P100D test car at a Supercharger.    Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider

  • The Tesla Model X is unrivaled in the EV market in terms of its ability to deliver performance, range, and cargo capacity.
  • I first drove the Tesla Model X in 2015 shortly before it was unveiled to the public.
  • Nearly three years later, I decided to take the Model X on a road trip and try out the Tesla Supercharger network.
  • We were impressed by both the Tesla Model X and the company network of fast chargers.
  • The base Tesla Model X 75D starts at $79,500 while our fully-loaded Model X P100D carried an as-tested price of $163,250.

Tesla unveiled the production Model X SUV in the shadows of its Fremont, California factory on September 29, 2015.

A few hours before the festive event where the Tesla-faithful convened to hear their almighty leader preach the gospel of Falcon Wing doors and Bio-Weapon Defense Mode, I became one of the first people in the world to drive the Model X.

Since then, Tesla's crossover SUV has become a benchmark in the industry. As a large premium electric crossover SUV, it inhabits a segment all by itself.

It truly doesn't have any direct rivals. There are no other EVs out there that can match the Model X in terms of performance, range, and cargo capacity.

Nearly three years have passed since I last drove the Model X. So I figured a road trip from Northern New Jersey to Wilmington, Delaware would be a good opportunity to check out a new Model X P100D and get reacquainted with the Tesla SUV.

In addition, the 120-mile drive would finally give me the opportunity to try out Tesla's vaunted Supercharger network.

Although I've spent plenty of time behind the wheel of Tesla's Model S and Model 3, they've generally been drives near Business Insider's headquarters in New York. Which means I usually never burn off enough range to require a recharge.

For our road trip, Tesla provided us with a fully-loaded Deep Blue Metallic Model X P100D that costs a hefty $163,250. The base Tesla Model X 75D starts at a more affordable $79,500.

Here's a closer look at our road trip with the Tesla Model X P100D.

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