And the number two and three spots go to...
Last month it was announced the new Tesla Model 3 earned a perfect five-star crash test rating in every category from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Most impressive. And now Tesla says its new mid-size sedan has the lowest probability of causing injury for any vehicle ever tested by the US government agency.
"Not only has Model 3 achieved a perfect 5-star safety rating in every category and sub-category, but NHTSA's tests also show that it has the lowest probability of injury of all cars the safety agency has ever tested,” Tesla wrote in a blog post. This same post also explains why the Model 3 is so safe.
Turns out its battery pack is quite helpful because it is located under the floor in the center (like all Teslas and EVs, for that matter), thus helping to keep the vehicle stable and further reduces the risk of it flipping, rolling over, and to distribute “crash forces systematically away from the cabin.” Tesla also added the front crumple zone is “optimized to absorb energy and crush more efficiently.
Based on this latest data, which the NHTSA has yet to officially verify but is very likely totally legitimate, all three of Tesla’s vehicles – Model S, Model X, and Model 3 – take the top three spots in the agency’s testing for lowest probability of injury of all cars it has ever tested.
The specific Tesla Model 3 trim tested was a Long Range All-Wheel drive trim, but it’s pretty safe to assume additional Model 3 trims, specifically the new Performance, would have had similar if not the same results. So a proper congratulations goes out to Tesla on a job well done. But what we’d really like to see are the crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which conducts even more strenuous tests than the NHTSA.