Tesla Model 3 Sedan Aces All of US Safety Agency's Crash Tests

Cornelia Mascio
Сентября 21, 2018

A mere three days ago, Tesla tweeted a video demo of the Model 3's durability being tested on a road simulator. The insurance industry-funded IIHS has only rated the Model S sedan so far, and it earned mostly top "Good" scores on its crash tests, except an "Acceptable" rating for driver's side front small-overlap crash protection. But that's only half the story.

While many vehicles get a five-star overall NHTSA score, it's not common for a auto to ace every category with top marks across the board. He took to Twitter to reveal the organization will soon be posting its safety stats which the CEO believes Model 3 could lead.

The Model 3's across-the-board five-star rating is still relatively rare among new cars, especially small- to mid-size cars, crossovers, and SUVs. Everything else is present as standard equipment.

Although an overall 5-star rating is not uncommon for vehicles, achieving 5-star scores in every category tested by NHTSA is indeed rarer. Neither of which are especially easy to get.

Tesla Model 3 earns perfect 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA
NHTSA gives 2018 Tesla Model 3 perfect marks for crash safety

After the nonprofit declined to recommend Model 3 due to long braking distances, Tesla delivered a fix within the week. The rollover test measures the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle incident.

The Model 3's all-electric design is a key factor in its safety ratings.

A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in Richmond, California, U.S., June 22, 2018. With the motor mounted near the rear axle rather than in the hood, the front end of the vehicle becomes a generous crumple zone to soak up the impact in the event of a head-on collision.

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