Tesla Model 3 gets five star rating in NHTSA crash tests

Tesla Model 3 earns perfect 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA

The Tesla Model 3's ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tesla's Model S and Model X had performed just as well. Consumer Reports later retested the Model 3, giving it a "Recommended" rating.

In late September, the EV maker got more good news - this time, from federal safety regulators. A Model 3 involved in a head-on collision at 60 miles per hour earlier this year also resulted in the driver walking away with just a swollen ankle. 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. In the case of the 2018 Audi A4 (a Model 3 competitor), the luxury sedan managed to post a five-star rating despite receiving four stars in both these frontal tests.

Finally, the rollover category measures the risk of rollover in a loss-of-control scenario. In the case of the Model 3, the analyst pointed out that the vehicle would likely be unrivaled until 2020, when Volvo releases its all-electric Polestar 2 sedan.

Tesla Model 3 earns perfect 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA

The overall side pole rating of five stars shows how well the auto holds up to a crash into a fixed object, like a tree or utility pole. Again, both the driver and rear passenger areas showed the highest level of protection. "More stars mean safer cars", reads the organization's webpage.

It's also worth mentioning that while the IIHS hasn't published its crash test results, it has partially evaluated the Model 3 and it received a rating of Superior for its forward collision avoidance systems and an "A" rating for its headlights.

Even the 2018 Toyota Camry, a sedan that matched the Model 3's ideal scores in every test, had a 9.9% rollover resistance.

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