Tesla Model X First SUV Ever to Receive Five Stars in Every NHTSA Category
Electric SUV Aces Government Crash Ratings
Today, Tesla announced that the Model X aced every government safety test available. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the all-electric crossover five stars in every test it administers, marking the first time an SUV received such honors.
Frontal impact, side impact, and pole impact tests revealed a low risk of significant injuries to both driver and passengers, including those seated in the rear. The takeaway is that, according to Tesla, occupants in a Model X would have a 93-percent chance of walking away from a serious crash without any injuries, the lowest probability of injury of any SUV in history.
Tesla credits the Model X’s exemplary performance to its all-electric powertrain and architecture. Mounted within the rigid body is a fortified battery pack under the passenger cabin, forcing the Model X’s center of gravity down low and providing a stiff basis for the safety cage. This aids with rollover resistance as well, giving the Tesla the best performance in this category of any other SUV tested by NHTSA.
Further helping the Model X is its suite of crash-avoidance technologies, dubbed “Autopilot.” The semi-autonomous driving assistance tech provides adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning, active collision mitigation, and other features to help prevent accidents.
In addition to being the safest SUV available—according to Tesla, at least—the Model X is also one of the fastest. Properly spec’d, the Model X can hit 60 mph in less than three seconds, a time that rivals most modern supercars. But if you’re going to spend at least $82,500 (before tax incentives) on an SUV, you’d probably expect at least a few superlatives.