Tesla Model 3 Gets 5-Star Safety Rating From NHTSA


It aced all the crash tests and is tops in its class.

It’s now official. The Tesla Model 3 is among the safest cars rated by the NHTSA. It scored top marks in every single tested category.

Beyond that, the Model 3 comes equipped with every NHTSA-recommend safety technology as standard equipment, meaning you don’t have to tick an option box to get a safer Model 3. Every 3 is as safe as the next.

Safety has always been paramount at Tesla, so no surprise here. It was way back in 2013 when the Tesla Model S earned crazy high marks from the NHTSA and now it seems with the Model 3, Tesla had done it again.

Model 3 owners should be thrilled now knowing that the vehicle they drive is basically the safest car in its class.

As it turns out, Tesla CEO Elon Musk foreshadowed this super high level of safety awhile back in this Tweet:

What follows are a couple of additional crash-test images, as well as a complete rundown from the NHTSA.

Source: NHTSA

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30 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Gets 5-Star Safety Rating From NHTSA"

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Message to the NHTSA: time to add more stars!

This car really checks all the blocks of a great compelling midsize EV sedan that can be your only car and haul your family around in safety.


Time to make the test tougher…

Unfortunately, in real life Teslas are often hit by tall riding SUVs and pickups that strike above the battery pack. I know my Model S has very good passive safety but I hope I never have a collision with a pickup truck…

You would lose against a Chevy Tahoe as we have seen from a tragic LA accident.

Model 3 front bumpers are pretty low. So, against a higher sitting vehicle, it could “submarine” underneath. That can potentially leads to other vehicle’s bumper against the hood or even roof of the Model 3. But that isn’t unique to Tesla. All low vehicles (just about all sports cars) have the same issue.

I’ve seen this a few times with lower riding sedans as mentioned. The trucks/SUV looks fine, riding up on it’s rear suspension, while half the car is buried underneath.

No doubt we will see trolls here claiming that it is not the safest, or claiming that Tesla failed because they did not go far enough.

I haven’t seen people complain about safety of Tesla vehicles.

The anti-Tesla trolls are endlessly inventive. I’ve seen comments that the NHTSA crash tests “aren’t good enough” and that the “real” testing is only done by the IIHS.

And of course, there are the endless claims that Autopilot makes the car more dangerous… contrary to actual statistics, which show Autopilot+AutoSteer reduces the accident rate quite substantially.

They are true on one count though: IIHS and Euro NCAP have much more stringent testing. NCAP is the best of all the tests and is far more in-depth than the other two. The Model S isn’t the safest sedan by NCAP standards, and I doubt the Model 3 will be either.

I think the problem is they test to a specific test. Just because the Tesla is best at this test suite doesn’t mean it is the safest car.

However, it shows it performs very well, and is going to do well in similar collisions. Add this with Euro NCAP, IIHS to get a better picture.

Most cars on the road today are incredibly safe in collisions, in a large part due to IIHS pushing better testing standards. I would be happy to trust crash worthiness of Tesla, but others are good too.

The tests are continuously revamped and improved. Euro NCAP recently retested a Fiat Punto that received 5 stars in 2005 with their new tests and it received 0 stars

Plus they only tested one color – black…they are so cheap…who get’s black?

Nobody will claim that Tesla isn’t safe.

But NHTSA testing are less stringent than IIHS (in terms of speed and crash type). But I am sure Tesla Model 3 will do equally well in IIHS testing.

Need a new pair of Shorts? 😉

Is it exceptional or just normal for a 2017 car in this price range ? (It’s a real question)

In my country the level of security is done by Euro NCAP and a lot of recent cars obtain 5 stars, the highest rating, despite the rules becoming frequently more severe. But the stars are only a simplification as the more accurate results are given in percentages, which allows to see that some car are more or less secure than others despite receiving 5 stars.

BMW 3 Series is 5 stars except Front impact where it scores 4, but it is an older design. The Civic also scores 5 except for frontal impact where it scores 4. Volvo seem to be good at 5 stars across the board, but the MB C-Class and Audi A4 all only score 4 for frontal collision.

As safe as a Volvo is a pretty good place to be, especially as all the electronic safety features are standard on a Model 3, but optional even on a Volvo (although I believe that’s changing soon).

Thanks for your answer. I don’t get why you and I got down votes for this.

Because some people just like to downvote people it would seem. One of the reasons most sites don’t have a downvote system. If you disagree then reply, rather than just press a button.

I for my part never downvote just because I disagree. I do, however, downvote inflammatory remarks, obvious trolling etc.

That’s good, these do sometimes find problems (like in the i3) and a recall or stop sale would have been catastrophic at this point. Hopefully the IIHS crash tests go well, too. So far they have only rated the crash prevention and headlights (to save you a click, it gets the highest possible rating for crash prevention and “Acceptable” for headlights)

It’s weird that Tesla seems to have a bit of a problem to get the headlights to achieve the higher test scores, but it probably isn’t too high on their priority list at the moment

I always thought it was funny that electric cars…had issues with electric headlights.

Model 3 had 15% excess glare, according to IIHS. Better than the 2017 Model S, with 26% excess glare and rated “Poor” headlights, while the Model 3 headlights are “Acceptable.”

Add safety to the list of Tesla disruptive technologies. I can’t think another manufacturer that includes safety features as standard equipment across their entire product line (I am assuming the base Model 3 will come with these features).

There are plenty that offer standard or optional safety features at much lower price points. All Hondas have Honda Sensing available, Mazda has standard braking mitigation system even on cheapest car, I believe.

Unfortunately, the Detroit big 3 mostly makes a lot of these safety features pay-for options unlike the Japanese, German, and even Korean manufacturers.

Big Two, you mean?

Chrysler is the Italian Big One.

I’d say Volvo. BTW they are the ones who imposed seat belts in all their cars ahead of the regulations requirements.

6.6% is one of the lowest tipping % I have seen.

That is just awesome!