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Model X towing capacity on par with other CUVs

Model X towing capacity on par with other CUVs

So I looked up the towing capacity of top-rated CUVs ( http://www.autoblog.com/crossover/ )

Here they are:
2015 Subaru Forester towing capacity 1500 lbs
2016 Jeep cherokee towing capacity 2000 lbs
2015 Honda pilot towing capacity 4000 lbs
2015 Jeep renegade towing capacity 2000 lbs
2015 Toyota Highlander towing capacity 5000 lbs
2015 GMC Acadia towing capacity 5200 lbs
2015 Ford Explorer towing capacity 5000 lbs
2016 Volvo XC90 towing capacity 5000 lbs
2015 Infiniti JX35 towing capacity 3500 lbs

It looks to me like the Model X, at 5000 lbs, is on par or better than most on this list. Let's rest this case.

Edit:
Car and Driver puts the Model X in the Mid-Size Luxury Crossovers / SUVs group. They even have a picture of the Model X in this class.
http://www.caranddriver.com/features/best-suvs-2015-best-small-suv-cross...
Here's the group list and their towing capacity:

2015 Acura Mdx towing capacity 3500 lbs
2015 Audi Q7 towing capacity 5500 lbs
2015 BMW X5 towing capacity 5952 lbs
2015 Porsche Cayenne towing capacity 7716 lbs

Can't win it all but it looks median to me.

rdalcanto | September 2, 2015

Please. I'm a Tesla fan too, but that list is stupid. Buyers of the $100,000+ Model X are going to be cross shopping the Porsche Cayenne, Land Rover, Audi Q7, Grand Cherokee, etc. All with towing over 6,000, and most with over 7,000 lbs. Not a big deal for most people, but a deal breaker for others.

Tâm | September 2, 2015

@EVino

Very nice compilation. Thanks!

EVino | September 2, 2015

@rdalcanto, so you're saying that towing should be compared based on price and not CUV vs CUV?

EVino | September 2, 2015

@rdalcanto, fair enough. Car and Driver puts the Model X in the Mid-Size Luxury Crossovers / SUVs group. They even have a picture of the Model X in this class. Here's the group list and their towing capacity:

2015 Acura Mdx towing capacity 3500 lbs
2015 Audi Q7 towing capacity 5500 lbs
2015 BMW X5 towing capacity 5952 lbs
2015 Porsche Cayenne towing capacity 7716 lbs

It still seems to me that the X is on par. Can't win it all but I don't see anything to be ashamed of in towing capacity here.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/best-suvs-2015-best-small-suv-cross...

Ankit Mishra | September 2, 2015

@rdalcanto
I don't think any of the cars you listed seat 7 adults. Do they? Plus X is heavier because of the battery pack.

rdalcanto | September 2, 2015

Q7 with towing package is higher than 5,500lbs - it is almost 7,000.

5,000 for the Model X is not bad. Some on this forum were expecting closer to 10,000 based on comments from Tesla earlier. 5,000 is either enough for a buyer, or not. When we ordered ours 2 years ago I wasn't expecting any real towing capability. That being said, I would love to tow our boat with the Model X rather than use almost a half a tank of gas in our Jeep each time. It looks like I'm going to be right at that 5,000lb limit. Don't know how often they weight equipment in the event of an accident. I would like a little more buffer....

rdalcanto | September 2, 2015
EVino | September 2, 2015
rdalcanto | September 2, 2015

@ Evino - that is without optional towing package that increases the capacity to 6,700.

rdalcanto | September 2, 2015

The other issue is tongue weight. Haven't seen anything on that yet.

EVino | September 2, 2015

@rdalcanto, I think you're hung up on the towing capacity. I'm not saying you're cherrypicking data but Car and Driver puts the Model X in this class:
http://www.caranddriver.com/features/best-suvs-2015-best-small-suv-cross...

..and here are their towing capacities if you want to google it:
2015 'Acura Mdx towing capacity' 3500 lbs
2015 'Audi Q7 towing capacity' 5500 lbs
2015 'BMW X5 towing capacity' 5952 lbs
2015 'Porsche Cayenne towing capacity' 7716 lbs

The Model X is in that median. It can't win it all but let's be objective against the comps.

rdalcanto | September 2, 2015

Can we stop posting the same stuff in two threads? And stop mis-representing the Q7. A quick search will show you that with optional tow package (like my brother has on his Q7), the towing capacity is 6,700. FYI, I would love for him to buy a Model X as well, but the towing capacity of the Model X will be a deal breaker for him and his camping trailer.

rdalcanto | September 2, 2015

And I am buying the Model X, but might not be able to sell my Jeep.

deeageux | September 2, 2015

If towing is your number one consideration then Model X is not for you.

Useable interior space is class leading.

Acceleration is class leading.

Fuel efficiency is class leading.

Free fuel for long distance travel for life included.

Can't possibly win every single category or subcategory.

aesculus | September 2, 2015

@deeageux:

Usable interior space is class leading

Not with the current sig seats its not. Give us folding 2nd row and we can talk.

Red Sage ca us | September 2, 2015

I'm pretty sure the second row does fold. Maybe not the way you would hope or expect, but it folds.

As for towing, it would have been nice if it had been at least 6,000 lbs capacity. It would have been superlative if it had been 7,500 lbs or more.