The Californian EV is ranked as one of the safest on the road.
No car company seems to be talked about as much as Tesla - whenever a Tesla is involved in a crash or Elon Musk tweets back to an angry owner, everyone loses their minds. By now, most people have either planted their flag in the Tesla camp or are so firmly against the company that they wish we'd never post another piece of Tesla-related news.
Sorry to disappoint the Tesla haters, but we must now add yet another chapter to the ongoing story of Tesla crash tests. Tesla has had a checkered history with crash tests after the Model S was ranked as the safest car ever tested by the government-owned National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Then, the Model S was tested by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and it didn't fare as well. Now, it's the Model 3's turn to be tested by the NHTSA.
The NHTSA has published the results of the Model 3 crash tests, and the car received five-star ratings in every category. These categories include front driver and passenger side, side barrier and side pole, and rollover. Earning a five-star rating in a category means a vehicle has reduced the risk of injury in a crash by more than one-third compared to a baseline from 2008. If that criterion sounds a bit simple, it's because it is.
We don't want to take too much away from Tesla for building a safe car, but plenty of other similarly-priced and more affordable vehicles have also received five-star ratings.
We'd like to wait for the IIHS to perform its tests of the Model 3 before we lock in our excitement for the Tesla's safety. For now, anyone who is skeptical of buying a Tesla because of all of the hoopla surrounding AutoPilot crashes can rest easy - just remember that fully autonomous cars have yet to hit the road, so make sure to pay full attention when behind the wheel. As for getting into an accident, it seems as though the Model 3 is one of the safest cars on the road, so you won't have to worry.