The Tesla Model 3 just earned the IIHS' top safety award

The Tesla Model 3 just earned the IIHS' top safety award

It is the first TSP+ acknowledgment for Tesla after years of the American-made electric vehicle maker overstating its safety record. Model 3, our most affordable auto yet, is no exception.

Around then, the Model S had turned into the top rated vehicle in Norway for brief timeframes, yet now we are seeing Model 3 turned into the smash hit vehicle of the year in an entire nation.

The IIHS has given the Model 3 its highest rating, know as the "top safety pick+".

Model 3 has already earned a 5-star safety rating in every category and sub-category from safety authorities on three continents (North America, Europe and Australia), and it has received top marks around the world for its advanced safety assistance features like Automatic Emergency Braking. As the report published by Tesla, the glass roof can withstand more than 20,000 pounds of force. The vehicle performed well in all four tests. The Model S luxury/performance sedan was twice tested and twice failed to earn a score high enough on the hard, but important small frontal overlap test.

While the Tesla Model 3 is priced in the premium vehicle segment, there is clearly still a huge amount of untapped demand before Tesla would need to look at lowering prices or releasing cheaper models.

The TOP SAFETY PICK+ award is the top available classification.

IIHS says the vehicle's structure was impressive in the organization's driver-side small overlap front test, which proves a challenge for many vehicles that are subjected to it. That vehicle also impressed the IIHC with its crash ratings, collision avoidance systems and headlights that automatically dim thanks to a high-beam assist feature. It earns good ratings in all of them except for the passenger-side small overlap test, in which it rates acceptable.

"Although intrusion overall into the driver's space was minimal, door hinge pillar intrusion contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the left lower leg", IIHS wrote after the small overlap driver's side test.



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