Front and Rear Seats

Correct Driving Position

The seat, head support, seat belt and airbags work together to maximize your safety. Using these correctly ensures greater protection.

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Position the seat so you can wear the seat belt correctly, while being as far away from the front airbag as possible:

  1. Sit upright with both feet on the floor and the seat back reclined no more than 30 degrees.
  2. Make sure you can easily reach the pedals and that your arms are slightly bent when holding the steering wheel. Your chest should be at least 25 cm from the center of the airbag cover.
  3. Place the shoulder section of the seat belt mid-way between your neck and your shoulder. Fit the lap section of the belt tightly across your hips, not across your stomach.

Model X seats include integrated head supports that cannot be adjusted or removed.

Adjusting the Front Seats

Three adjustment knobs on the side of the seat
  1. Move seat forward/backward and adjust the seat’s height and tilt angle up/down.
  2. Adjust backrest.
  3. Adjust lumbar support.
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Before adjusting a front seat, check that the area around the seat is free of obstacles (people and objects).
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Do not adjust seats while driving. Doing so increases the risk of a collision.
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Riding in a moving vehicle with the seat back reclined can result in serious injuries in a collision, as you could slide under the lap belt or be propelled into the seat belt. Ensure your seat back is reclined no more than 30 degrees when the vehicle is moving.

Adjusting Second Row Monopost Seats

A Model X equipped with monopost seats can accommodate two or three passengers in the second row, depending on the option chosen at time of purchase. There are two ways to adjust the position of these seats:

  • Touch Controls > Seats on the touchscreen. Press and hold the icon associated with the seat you want to adjust. White icons indicate that the seat can be moved in that direction; gray icons indicate that the seat cannot be moved any farther in that direction.
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    Note
    The front seats may move forward slightly to accommodate the forward movement of the second row seats.
  • Use the manual adjustments illustrated below. In addition to moving a seat forward/rearward, the manual seat adjustments allow you to adjust the backrest. Although the control on the outboard seats is L-shaped, and the control on the middle seat is circular, they both provide the same functions.
Second row seats with zoombox showing L-shaped control on the outside and a circular control below the center seat
  1. Move seat forward/backward (up/down on the control) and adjust the backrest (left/right on the control).
  2. Move seat forward/backward.
  3. Adjust backrest.
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Note
The backrest locks into position when you release the lever. If a backrest is not locked into position when a driving gear is engaged, the instrument panel displays an alert for the unlocked backrest. Adjust the backrest again, ensuring it locks into position.
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Before driving, ensure the seat is locked in position. You may need to pull the seat forward or backward until it clicks into place.

Adjusting Second Row Seat Backs (Bench Seats)

If your Model X is equipped with two seating rows, the second row bench seats can accommodate up to three passengers. Use the mechanical adjustment lever located at the side of each outboard seating position to adjust the seat backs. A bench seat is split 60/40 so the adjustment lever on the left side moves the seat backs for both the left and center seats, whereas the lever on the right side moves the rightmost seat back only. While pulling and holding the lever, move the seat back to the desired position, and then release the lever. When returning a seat back to its upright position, try moving it forward or back to ensure it is securely latched into position.

Second row seats with zoombox showing adjustment lever on outside of seat
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Riding in a moving vehicle with the seat back reclined can result in serious injuries in a collision, as you could slide under the lap belt or be propelled into the seat belt. Ensure the backs of occupied seats are reclined no more than 30 degrees when the vehicle is moving.

Folding Second Row Seat Backs (Bench Seats)

The second row seat backs on bench seats can be folded fully forward so they lay flat and maximize cargo space. Pull up the mechanical lever located on the side of each outboard seat (the same lever you use to recline the seats, as described above), then push the seat back fully forward. The bench seats have a 60/40 split—therefore, the adjustment lever on the left side folds the seat backs for both the left and center seats, whereas the lever on the right folds the rightmost seat back only.

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Before folding seats fully forward, remove any items from the seats and the rear footwell. To allow the seat backs to fold completely flat, you may need to move the front seats forward.

Moving Second Row Bench Seats

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Only bench seats in seven-seat vehicles can be moved forward and rearward. The bench seats in five-seat vehicles are stationary.

Use the mechanical lever located beneath each outboard seating position to move the second row seats forward or rearward. The bench seats have a 60/40 split—therefore, the lever on the left side moves the seat for the left and center seats, whereas the lever on the right side moves only the rightmost seat. Pull and hold the lever while moving the seat forward or rearward. Release the lever when the seat is at the desired location.

Second row seats with an arrow showing lever underneath the outside seat
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Note
You can adjust the position of bench seats using the mechanical levers only. You cannot use the touchscreen to adjust bench seats.

Accessing Third Row Seats (if equipped) - Monopost Seating

A button is located on the backrest of each outboard monopost seat in the second row. This button makes it easy for passengers to enter and exit the third row seating positions. Touch Controls > Seats > Easy Entry and choose how you want this button to work:

  • ON - Allows you to tilt and move the associated outboard seat fully forward, and the center seat partially forward, with a single-press of the button.
  • OFF - When off, which is recommended if a child seat is installed in the second row, you must hold the button to move the second row seats forward.

After using the third row ingress button to access third row seats, simply press the button again to return the seats to their normal position.

Second row seats with a zoombox pointing a button on the rear outside of the seat
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For vehicles with third row seats, do not use the third row ingress button located on the backrest of a second row outboard seat when a child is seated in the second row. Using the button tilts and moves the seats forward and can squeeze the occupant. Do not rely on Model X to recognize or accommodate occupants seated in the vehicle while using this button. Use this button only when the second row seats are unoccupied.

Guidelines for using the third row ingress button:

  • If a front row seat is positioned such that the second row seat will collide with it during an easy entry operation, it automatically moves forward just enough to accommodate the forward position of the second row monopost seat.
  • Forward movement of second row monopost seats cancels if an occupant adjusts a second row seat while it is moving.
  • When an outboard seat tilts forward after pressing the button, its backrest resets to the forward position and may need to be re-adjusted for comfort.
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Use the third row ingress button to access the third row ONLY when the second row seats are unoccupied. Do not rely on Model X to recognize or accommodate occupants seated in the vehicle while using the button.
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Always ensure that the seat is locked in position before traveling. Failure to do so increases the risk of injury.

Accessing Third Row Seats (if equipped) - Bench Seating

A button is located on the backrest of each outboard bench seat in the second row. This button makes it easy for passengers to enter and exit the third row seating positions. Press and release the button on the left outboard seat to tilt and move the combined left and center seats forward. Press and release the button on the right outboard seat to tilt and move the right seat forward.

Second row seats with a zoombox pointing a button on the rear outside of the seat
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For vehicles with third row seats, do not use the third row ingress button located on the backrest of a second row outboard bench seat when a child is seated in the second row. Using the button allows the combined left and center seats to be moved forward and can squeeze the occupant. Use this button only when the second row seats are unoccupied. Before driving, ensure the seat and the seat back are securely latched into position.

In some situations, such as when you are parked on an incline or when the seat's trim affects the movement of the bench seats after you press the button, the bench seats might not move forward completely, and you may need to push the seats forward gently until they reach the end of the track.

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After you use the third row ingress button to access the third row seats, push the bench seats back to their seating position, ensuring the seats are securely latched into position by trying to move them forward and rearward. Failure to do so increases the risk of injury.
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The seat must be fully latched into position before driving. Push or pull the seat until you hear the seat "click" into place.

Folding Third Row Seat Backs (if equipped)

To fold a third row seat, press the button located in the top outside corner of the seat. The button has two detents.

Third row seats with an arrow pointing to a button on the top outside of the seat
  1. Fold head restraint forward.
  2. Fold seat back forward.
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Note
Before folding third row seat backs, remove any items from the seats and the footwell. To allow the seat backs to fold completely flat, you may need to move the second row seats forward.
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Driving with the third row seats backs folded forward might result in increased perceivable noise and/or vibration coming from the rear of the vehicle (trunk, suspension, etc.).
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To raise the seats, hold the button on the top outside corner of the seat then pull the seat back upward until it latches into place. Try pulling the seat back forward to confirm that it is locked in the upright position.
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Always ensure the seats and seat backs are locked in their upright position before travel. Failure to do so increases the risk of injury.

Seat Heaters

The front seats contain heating pads that operate at three levels from 3 (highest) to 1 (lowest). To operate the seat heaters, see Climate Controls.

If Model X is equipped with the cold weather package, you can also control seat heaters in all rear seating positions, as well as wiper defrosters and washer nozzles by touching the climate controls on the touchscreen (see Climate Controls).

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To avoid burns resulting from prolonged use, individuals who have peripheral neuropathy, or whose capacity to feel pain is limited because of diabetes, age, neurological injury, or some other condition, should exercise caution when using the climate control system and seat heaters.

Seat Covers

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Do not use seat covers in Model X. Doing so could restrict deployment of the seat-mounted side air bags if a collision occurs. Also, if the vehicle is equipped with an occupant detection system that is used to determine the status of the passenger front airbag, seat covers may interfere with this system.