Tesla Model X Crash Tests Complete – 5 Stars In All Categories

4 months ago by Eric Loveday 38

Tesla Model X In Front Crash Test

Safest SUV in the world? Maybe…

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting crash tests on a 2017 Tesla Model X. The full results are in. The X received 5 stars in every category.

NHTSA Rating For Tesla Model X

First up, the frontal crash test. Here’s the description via CrashNet1:

Frontal crash test for 2017 Tesla Model X 75D

NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Frontal Impact:

The frontal crash test evaluates injury to the head, neck, chest, and legs of the driver and front seat passenger. Crash test dummies representing an average-sized adult male and a small-sized adult female are placed in the driver and front passenger seats, respectively, and are secured with seat belts. Vehicles are crashed into a fixed barrier at 35 mph (56.3km/h), which is equivalent to a head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving at 35 mph. 1 star is the lowest rating; 5 stars is the highest. More stars equal safer cars.

And the video:

Moving on to the side crash test. Here’s the description via CrashNet1:

Side crash test for 2017 Tesla Model X 75D

NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Side Impact:

Crash test dummies representing an average-sized adult male and a small-sized adult female are placed in the driver and rear passenger seats (driver’s side), respectively, and are secured with seat belts. The side crash rating represents an intersection-type collision by having a 3,015 pound (1367kg) barrier moving at 38.5 mph (62km/h) into a standing vehicle. The moving barrier is covered with material that is crushable to replicate the front of a vehicle. 1 star is the lowest rating; 5 stars is the highest. More stars equal safer cars.

And the video:

The last test posted so far is the pole crash test. Here’s its description via CrashNet1:

Side pole crash test for 2017 Tesla Model X 75D

NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Side Pole Impact:

A small-sized adult female crash test dummy is placed in the driver’s seat and is secured with a seat belt. The test vehicle, angled at 75 degrees, is then pulled sideways at 20 mph (32km/h) into a 25-cm diameter pole at the driver’s seating location. This test mimics a side impact crash involving a narrow, fixed object like a utility pole or tree. 1 star is the lowest rating; 5 stars is the highest. More stars equal safer cars.

And the video:

With 5 stars across the board, the Tesla Model X is among the safest vehicles on the road.

Here’s a NHTSA link to the crash test results for the 2017 Tesla Model X 75D.

And here’s Tesla’s release on the topic:

Tesla Model X the First SUV Ever to Achieve 5-Star Crash Rating in Every Category

The Tesla Team June 13, 2017

We engineered Model X to be the safest SUV ever, and today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that after conducting independent testing, it has awarded Model X a 5-star safety rating in every category and sub-category, making it the first SUV ever to earn the 5-star rating across the board. More than just resulting in a 5-star rating, the data from NHTSA’s testing shows that Model X has the lowest probability of injury of any SUV it has ever tested. In fact, of all the cars NHTSA has ever tested, Model X’s overall probability of injury was second only to Model S.

Model X performs so much better in a crash than gas-powered SUVs because of its all-electric architecture and powertrain design. The rigid, fortified battery pack that powers Model X is mounted beneath the floor of the vehicle creating a center of gravity so low that Model X has the lowest rollover probability of any SUV on the road. No other SUV has ever come close to meeting and exceeding this rollover requirement.

NHTSA’s tests assess both the structure of the vehicle, which must minimize intrusion into the cabin and absorb as much energy as possible, and also the seatbelt and airbag restraint system, which must maximize injury mitigation in the event of a crash. Among the nine subcategories rated by NHTSA, including frontal impact, side impact, and pole impact tests conducted on both the driver and passenger side as well as the rollover test, Model X achieved 5-stars in every category and sub-category. That means that in the event of a serious crash, Model X occupants have an overall 93% probability of walking away without a serious injury – a testament to our commitment to building the safest cars on today’s roads.

Why they test them – Tesla Model X after 70+ MPH impact with deer that everyone walked away from (via InsideEVs community member ScottF200)

Also, and to confirm why these tests are done, InsideEVs’ community member Scott F, passed along this shot (above) of the aftermath of a collision with a deer at 70+ MPH in the comments, noting the following:

“One week ago on road trip traveling through WY at 70+ MPH a deer came thru my X windshield & then we hit a tree. Reports are another car hit the deer first then it hit me. My son is unscathed. I’m hurt from deer only. Still working through medical needs on my left eye and eye socket. BTW, after the accident my son exited the passenger front door then was able to open the drivers side Falcon Wing Door (FWD) to get his backpack/phone so he could talk to 911 and let them zero in on our location.

…This could not be more real for me or my family. I am thankful my son is OK and the rest of me (besides eye/socket) is close to 100% ok. I’m thankful on many levels to many people…Timing of the Tesla Model X safety hit home to me in an incredible personal way. I am happy all car companies and safety testing verify worse case scenarios.”

Hat tip to Albert Hsu!

Tags: , , , , ,

38 responses to "Tesla Model X Crash Tests Complete – 5 Stars In All Categories"

  1. FISHEV says:

    When IIHS does its crash testing, then we’ll know. The Model S only got at an “Acceptable” for the Small Overlap crash test, marginal on kid seat anchors and poor on headlights.

    1. floydboy says:

      Kid seat anchors? What, did they fail in the crash?

      1. FISHEV says:

        Read the IIHS crash test details.

        The NHSTA tests set a lower bar due to more influence from the car mfg’s to set lower standards.

        1. Paul Smith says:

          This article is about the model X. If what you are saying is true, then the other SUVs must butt horrible, because the Model x is the best of all of them.

          1. FISHEV says:

            Nope. Many SUV’s got “Top Safety Pick +” ratings.

            http://m.iihs.org/mobile/ratings/mobileratings/tsps

            The Model X may well get that top safety rating but until it is actually tested they fact that Model S did not achieve it would require watchful waiting before making any declarations based on the less rigorous NHSTA tests.

    2. sven ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

      While the Model S 60 barely received a Good rating in the IIHS Roof Strength test, the heavier Model S P100D with its larger battery and extra motor received only an Acceptable rating.

      http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/tesla/model-s-4-door-hatchback

      1. FISHEV says:

        The IIHS crash test only says Tesla S 2017. Where was the part about different battery models testing differently?

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          Roof testing which is based on the ratio of roof strength to weight of the vehicle. P100D is heavier which would make the ratio just below 4 which would be no longer “good”.

          It was talked about by the video discussing the tests.

  2. WARREN says:

    Yeah I think the i3 even tested just as well in the IIHS test as the Model S.

  3. Four Electrics says:

    Good job, Tesla! Safety is my top priority, and I’m glad my kids are in the X.

    Now allow the FWDs to be openable by a child after a crash or water immersion. One can always do better!

  4. scottf200 says:

    I can verify this. One week ago on roadtrip traveling through WY at 70+ MPH a deer came thru my X windshield & then we hit a tree. Reports are another car hit the deer first then it hit me. My son is unscathed. I’m hurt from deer only. Still working through medical needs on my left eye and eye socket. BTW, after the accident my son exited the passenger front door then was able to open the drivers side Falcon Wing Door (FWD) to get his backpack/phone so he could talk to 911 and let them zero in on our location. Picture from salvage yard:

    Editors you are welcome to use the picture in your article if you think it adds value. — Scott (deposit for 3 years, driven 15 months)

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      Sorry to hear about this. I hope you recover soon!

    2. james says:

      yeah right, almost believed it

      1. scottf200 says:

        Happened one week ago. Had surgery in Rapid City and then they flew me to Denver not knowing the true medical condition of my eye (accident happened in northeast WY). My wife and other son came out to WY. Back in IL now. I see an ophthalmologist at NorthWestern medical very soon. This could not be more real for me or my family. I am thankful my son is OK and the rest of me (besides eye/socket) is close to 100% ok. I’m thankful on many levels to many people.

      2. Paul Smith says:

        That’s not likely, because you don’t want to believe it.

    3. scottf200 says:

      @editors, you are welcome to contact me and we can confirm any of my story on the phone, etc. Timing of the Tesla Model X safety hit home to me in an incredible personal way. I am happy all car companies and safety testing verify worse case scenarios.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Hey Scott,

        Just wanted to add a note to say I am happy your family is ok, and hope things work out quickly with your eye.

        Truly, best wishes from myself on a speedy recovery (will add your pic and story into the article)

        1. scottf200 says:

          Thank you so much for your concern and adding the real world impact/picture to the insideevs article. I appreciate everyone around me including my long term extended family on this EV journey I started in 2010. Drop me a contact via email and we could talk about a follow up story if you want. The car performed amazingly well IMO and I’m happy to share a human and personal side to this EV world. As we move forward, safety, regulations, and holding companies accountable in thoroughness is oh so crucial.

          1. Jay Cole says:

            If you would like to put up a personal/follow-up story on the accident and share some photos and whatnot on IEV, we would be happy to pass that along … and I think people would identify with it more closely as they “e-know” you.

            I don’t think the email we have associated with your ID is accurate, but you can drop us/me a line at insideevs@gmail.com anytime if you decide you would like to do that.

            1. scottf200 says:

              I will follow up. Need to get through some medical visits this week but I have a hard time staying still for long. I would not mind ‘giving back’ to our ev community. The email is correct. The domain is my last name (f200 is the soundex code, btw) and I can put whatever I want in front of the @ so I know / can-track where emails come from. HTH

              1. Jay Cole says:

                Ah gotcha…good to know, (=

                Yes, no rush, whenever you have time/are ready that would be “tickety-boo”. Get yourself sorted out and what you have to do first…that is always the priority!

    4. Mikael says:

      Doesn’t the car send an automatic emergency call with GPS co-ordinates when having an accident?

      That is a pretty basic safety feature.

    5. FISHEV says:

      Did Tesla’s emergency auto braking activate? The auto braking systems react faster than people. While the best (Tesla’s is not rated) can prevent crash at 25 mph and slower they still lower the impact at high speed crashes.

    6. Jim Whitehead says:

      The author’s statement “everyone walked away from it” isn’t quite true. The deer probably had an “unscheduled disassembly” and wished she had a Tesla. 🙂

  5. bro1999 says:

    This must be why TSLA stock is up so much today.

    On that note, I just unloaded my TSLA holdings. Got in at $175, out at $373. I’m happy with that. 🙂

  6. Mikael says:

    The Euro NCAP will be the real test for it. Hopefully it will do above average.

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    “Model X performs so much better in a crash than gas-powered SUVs because of its all-electric architecture and powertrain design. The rigid, fortified battery pack that powers Model X is mounted beneath the floor of the vehicle creating a center of gravity so low that Model X has the lowest rollover probability of any SUV on the road. No other SUV has ever come close to meeting and exceeding this rollover requirement.”

    This is the ONLY reason where they can make the claim that “Tesla Model X the First SUV Ever to Achieve 5-Star Crash Rating in Every Category”.

    Nobody is going to deny that Model X COG is better than any/all other SUVs.

    But I think the spin of the “safest” SUV is a bit too far because we all know that plenty of other SUVs have the 5 star overall rating and the so called Rollover rating isn’t an actual test at all but a “calculation” of the width and height ratio adjusted with center of gravity.

    When a higher riding SUV ran into the Model X, that lower center of gravity does almost NOTHING to protect the occupants just like how that Chevy Tahoe destroyed that Model S in a severe collision where the driver of Chevy Tahoe escaped without injuries while killing the passenger of the Model S in the second row.

    The similar thing can happen in the Model X as well. But that is truly sad since this just gives those jacked up pickup drivers more reason to be stupid and drives like idiots…

  8. FISHEV says:

    “Nobody is going to deny that Model X COG is better than any/all other SUVs.”

    Toyota Highlander for one scores much higher on safety.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      COG, center of gravity.

      According to NHTSA, Toyota Highlander has a Roll Over Risk of 4 stars and 18.5%. Model X has a Roll Over risk of 5 stars and 9.3%. That is ~1/2 of the roll over risk.

      Therefore, Model X is the only SUV to ever score 5 star in that NHTSA roll over risk rating.

      1. FISHEV says:

        But according to the more stringent tests of the IIHS, the Highlander has a higher rating than the Model X and on the more critical small overlap head-on which is more prevalent and more fatal to driver.

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          The argument that you are using is like arguing that Apple isn’t red because blueberry is blue.

          My statement that you quoted was about Center of Gravity which no other SUV on the market today can beat Model X in.

          I didn’t make any claim that it is the safest. In fact, I even said that claiming that it is safest is a bit too far.

          The only thing I stated was that center of gravity of the Model X is the best which is a simple fact that you haven’t been able to refute. But you insist on using the IIHS test results on other crash test to justify whether my claim of Center of Gravity is wrong… It is just silly.

          1. FISHEV says:

            “The argument that you are using is like arguing that Apple isn’t red because blueberry is blue.”

            It’s more like saying under more stringent crash testing of the IIHS the Tesla S did not perform as well as cars like the Toyota Highlander, a top rated safety vehicle of similar size to the Tesla X.

            The tests that the Tesla did less well in don’t even exist in the NHTSTA’s less demanding tests.

            IIHS is the gold standard of crash testing and car safety.

    2. Paul Smith says:

      So…the Toyota scores higher than 5 out of 5 in every category? Your logic just fell apart, but your bias is intact.

      1. FISHEV says:

        Not bias simple facts of the IIHS crash tests. I don’t have any skin in the game whether the Teslas do better or worse while some seem to have a near religious zealotry which causes them to dismiss the facts.

  9. Nix says:

    comments synopses: Tesla does great scoring perfect on a safety test, performs great in an actual accident, and a bunch of maroons can’t handle it and make fools of themselves by wetting their pants.

    /end thread

  10. kubel says:

    What’s with all the sand?

  11. CAR24H says:

    comments synopses: Tesla does great scoring perfect on a safety test, performs great in an actual accident, and a bunch of maroons can’t handle it and make fools of themselves by wetting their pants.

    1. DJ says:

      Well at least we know that you post as two different handles ;()

Leave a Reply