The Tesla Model 3 has been run by the total battery of crash assessments from the IIHS, and there are some reassuring outcomes to report. It’s earned a spot on the insurance-industry-funded group’s High Security Decide+ honor roll, and it’s now one in every of only a few sedans to attain each that and a flush of 5 stars in federal assessments.
The Mannequin three is simply the second totally electrical automobile to have been named a High Security Decide+, after the Audi E-tron secured it with a high efficiency acknowledged final month.
At the moment, the Hyundai Nexo, a fuel-cell crossover solely supplied in California, also received the award.
2019 Tesla Mannequin three – IIHS frontal take a look at
To earn High Security Decide standing, a automobile should earn high “good” scores within the company’s driver- and passenger-side small overlap entrance, reasonable overlap entrance, aspect, roof energy, and head restraint assessments. It should additionally supply an obtainable crash prevention system that performs to what the IIHS deems “superior” or “superior,” and its headlights have to be “good.”
The Mannequin three earns a “superior” ranking for crash prevention, and fully prevented collisions within the IIHS 12-mph and 25-mph assessments. Its headlights additionally earned the highest nod.
The IIHS notes that the Mannequin three’s construction “held up nicely” in what many automakers see because the group’s most difficult crash take a look at—its driver-side small overlap entrance take a look at. In that, the door sill buckled and there was an intrusion of eight inches on the decrease portion of the door-hinge pillar, amounting to a reasonable danger of damage to the motive force’s decrease leg.
There was no different damage danger recorded for the Mannequin three, the IIHS says.
NHTSA take a look at of 2019 Tesla Mannequin three AWD
The Mannequin three has achieved exceptionally nicely within the different U.S. crash-test program, the NCAP scores run by the NHTSA. In that, the federal company gave a revisited 2019 Mannequin three high five-star scores throughout the board.
“Autos with various powertrains have come into their very own,” IIHS Chief Analysis Officer David Zuby says. “There’s no must commerce away security for a decrease carbon footprint when selecting a automobile.”
The IIHS has examined different Teslas. In 2017 the Mannequin S earned a next-best “acceptable” ranking within the small-overlap take a look at, plus a “poor” ranking for headlights. In an accompanying launch and video, the IIHS then suggested that Tesla’s declare that the Mannequin S is the “most secure automobile in historical past” may now not be correct—however now with the set of take a look at outcomes obtainable it’s truthful to no less than put the Mannequin three on that shortlist.