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‘Ted Lasso’ star Jason Sudeikis sat down with The Wall Street Journal to chat about his favorite tools, tech, and toys. During the sit-down, Sudeikis revealed that he only recently purchased his first car. And that car? Was an electric Tesla SUV known as none other than the 2020 Tesla Model X. Sudeikis also took a trip down memory lane, detailing the “fast as hell” Nissan Maxima he grew up with.

Jason Sudeikis looks back at the Nissan Maxima he grew up with

A 1982 Nissan Maxima parked
1982 Nissan Maxima Wagen | Nissan

Sure, the 2020 Tesla Model X is the first car that Sudeikis has ever owned. But prior to that? The movie star spent his childhood in the backseat of a Nissan Maxima station wagon. The wagon was driven by his mom and, according to Sudeikis “was fast as hell.”

“It seemed like it had the same engine as a Nissan 300 ZX, but it was in this family car,” Sudeikis added.

Now, as it turns out, the Nissan Maxima station wagon didn’t actually have the same engine as the Nissan 300 ZX. In fact, first-generation Maximas came driven by a 145-hp 2.4-liter engine. Meanwhile, second-generation Nissan Maxima models came equipped with a 154-hp 3.0-liter V6. Unless Sudeikis’ family opted to replace the engine under the hood of their Nissan Maxima, odds are it came equipped with either the 2.4-liter or the 3.0-liter V6 engine. 

The 2020 Tesla Model X SUV is the first car Jason Sudeikis has ever owned

Jason Sudeikis has never owned a car. Yes, you read that right. Jason Sudeikis, the star of “Ted Lasso’ and the lead in movies like ‘We’re the Millers’ has never owned a car. That is, of course, until now. 

When it came to buying his first car, Sudeikis went with none other than the 2020 Model X. Sudeikis’ first Tesla car is a luxury hybrid and electric Tesla SUV that consistently ranks among the best electric cars. According to Sudeikis, the Tesla SUV is also a pretty enjoyable electric SUV to drive.

“The first time I test drove the Tesla, I floored it, then I looked back at my son, Otis, and said: “How ’bout that, huh?” He just looked at me with a big smile on his face,” Sudeikis lamented.

The biggest difference between driving a new Tesla Model X and driving a Vespa

A dark Tesla Model X driving down an empty road with the sun shining behind it, the Tesla Model X is a Tesla SUV and is the first Tesla car 'Ted Lasso' star Jason Sudeikis has ever owned
Tesla Model X | Tesla

While the 2020 Tesla Model X is both the first car and the first Tesla SUV ‘Ted Lasso’ star Jason Sudeikis has ever owned, he did own not one but two Vespas prior to it. If you’re unfamiliar with what a Vespa is, a Vespa is an Italian luxury scooter manufactured by Piaggio. And, as you might have guessed, Sudeikis noticed some stark differences between driving a new Tesla Model X and hitting the road on the Vespa.

“When you tell people you drive a Tesla, they’re like, “OK, cool.” When you tell someone you drive a Vespa,” Sudeikis continued, “They immediately jump to: “Oh, my God! Aren’t you scared of dying? Aren’t you scared of getting hurt?”

Want to drive a Tesla SUV just like Jason Sudeikis? It’ll cost you

Now, there’s no denying that the Tesla Model X has a lot going for it. After all, Sudeikis upgraded from a Vespa to the Tesla SUV. The newest Tesla Model X comes driven by an all-electric powertrain that delivers up to 1,020 hp. And when it comes to how far this Tesla SUV can drive on a single charge? The automaker claims that the Tesla Model X range maxes out at 360 miles.

As for the Model X price? There’s no denying that this Tesla SUV is expensive. The Tesla Model X Long Range model starts at just under $90K. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model X Plaid starts at $114,190. But if you want to drive the same car as ‘Ted Lasso’ star Jason Sudeikis? Then the Tesla Model X price may not seem too bad.


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