Tesla Model 3 crushes NHTSA's crash testing with a 5-star rating

Tesla Model S electric car is seen at a dealership in Seoul South Korea. Kim Hong-Ji  Reuters

Tesla Model S electric car is seen at a dealership in Seoul South Korea. Kim Hong-Ji Reuters

As Tesla rolls out its first electric vehicle aimed at the mass market, high safety ratings for the Model 3 have been a top priority. A five-star rating indicates a reduced risk of serious injury by one-third or more, relative to the 2008 model year.

The Model 3 follows the Model S and Model X, which have both aced the NHTSA's tests.

The Model 3 isn't just great to drive, it's safe as h*ck too, according to NHTSA. As a result, the Model 3 landed its Consumer Reports recommendation.

Back in May, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a nonprofit funded by auto insurers dedicated to reducing the number of accidents on the road, also gave the Model 3 a "Superior" front crash avoidance rating. The frontal crash test involves a simulation of a head-on crash at 56 km/h while the side tests involve a pole test and a collision with a moveable barrier on the side at 62 km/h.

The last picture is from the NHTSA's rollover test of the Model 3, a test created to measure "the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario".

Even the 2018 Toyota Camry, a sedan that matched the Model 3's flawless scores in every test, had a 9.9% rollover resistance. During its tests, the Model 3 performed particularly well in the crash avoidance and mitigation category, thanks to the vehicle's Forward Collision Warning, its low-speed autobrake, and its high-speed autobrake systems. Model 3 is truly among the elite in this aspect.

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