Between the NHTSA results and early feedback from the IIHS, Model 3 should rank among the industry's safest small cars.
We've made no secret of being big fans of the Tesla Model 3, but one thing we've been curious about is how well it would fare in crash testing.
As Tesla rolls out its first electric auto aimed at the mass market, high safety ratings for the Model 3 have been a top priority. But that's only half the story. Still, five-star ratings across the board from NHTSA is nothing to sneeze at. He took to Twitter to reveal the organization will soon be posting its safety stats which the CEO believes Model 3 could lead. The Model 3 landed the highest rating (five stars) for both the passenger and driver sides. Everything else is present as standard equipment. Just like the Model 3, the Tesla Model X received flawless scores in all of the NHTSA's frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. Neither of which are especially easy to get. In a recent note, Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein, who is known to be critical of Tesla in the past, stated that there is simply "no credible competition" for the Model 3 until 2020. As a result, the Model 3 landed its Consumer Reports recommendation. That rating combines both crash tests into a single rating for front and rear seat occupants.
The Model 3's all-electric design is a key factor in its safety ratings.
Tesla, and electric cars in general, have some distinct advantages over internal combustion engine-powered vehicles when it comes to crash safety.
Watch the Model 3's safety tests in the videos below.