The Tesla Model X now comes with a steering yoke instead of the traditional wheel. This gives it the feeling of a racecar, despite being a family SUV.
The steering yoke also allows for an interior with stalks. The turn signals, wipers, and lights are all controlled with buttons instead. This could take a while to get used to, but it’s undoubtedly a unique interior.
This article will walk you through how to adjust the steering yoke on the Tesla Model X. You can alter its position and the effort sensitivity.
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How to adjust the steering yoke position in the Tesla Model X
Here are a few simple steps for adjusting the Model X’s steering yoke.
- Put your Model X in Park.
- On the central touchscreen, go to Controls.
- Select the Steering icon.
- Use the left scroll button to adjust the steering yoke’s position.
- Roll the scroll button up and down to alter the steering yoke’s height and angle.
- Press the scroll button left and right to move the steering yoke nearer or further away.
How to adjust the Tesla Model X’s steering yoke effort sensitivity
You can change the way the steering yoke picks up your inputs and translates them to the wheels.
Making the steering more or less responsive makes your Model X feel more reactive or more comfortable, respectively.
- Put your Model X in Park.
- Go to the Controls screen.
- Select Pedals & Steering.
- Touch Steering Mode.
- Select the steering mode that most suits you. You have the option of:
Here’s a little more on the different modes:
- Comfort mode reduces the sensitivity of the yoke. It makes for a smoother and more comfortable driving experience.
- Sport mode toughens the steering up. The wheels will react to every little movement you make. Sport mode might work well for you if you drive through tight, windy roads.
- The Standard steering yoke mode is perfectly fine for most people. Don’t be afraid to try the others out, though. You might find one of them suits your driving style better.
Why is it important to adjust the steering yoke?
The Model X’s steering yoke should always be a comfortable height and distance from you.
Having it in the right place means it’s easier to react. You’re also less likely to develop muscle knots and cramps on long journeys.
You should sit comfortably, with your shoulders touching the seat behind you. They should sit in a relaxed position. Your neck doesn’t need to rest on the headrest. Finally, your arms should be stretched out in front of you, but your elbows shouldn’t be locked.
When shouldn’t you adjust the Model X’s steering yoke?
You shouldn’t adjust the Model X’s steering yoke while driving. It’s a potential distraction that could lead to an accident.
The same applies to other driver conveniences, such as seat and mirror positions. They should only be adjusted when the car is stationary and in Park.
What do I need to know about steering yokes?
All new Tesla Model X models come with a steering yoke. A traditional steering wheel isn’t even an option.
The steering yoke has divided opinion. It undeniably adds an air of racing prestige to a family SUV. But is it really practical?
It can be difficult to press the buttons while you’re turning. This can be dangerous if you need to change direction quickly.
If you already own one, the question is void, of course. It’s more about getting used to it.
Steering yokes are, by nature, much more sensitive than standard steering wheels. Customers will have to quickly get used to how the wheels change direction with much less input than they’re used to.
You should also get used to not having stalks. For example, you need to use your left thumb instead of the turn signal stalk. It takes some adjustment time to get familiar with it.
See a PDF from the Tesla Model X owner’s manual here for more information on steering yoke adjustment.