Tesla Model Y Defeats IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus | News

The Tesla Model Y is one of the most popular electric cars on the market thanks in part to its many accessible qualities: a broad range of over 300 miles for most versions, spacious charging room, an optional third row and a relatively affordable starting price. Now, the all-electric SUV has another attribute to add to the list: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus designation.

Related: We bought a 2021 Tesla Model Y

IIHS gave the 2021-22 Tesla Model Y its best honor after the SUV checked the boxes for all six crash-resistance classes. The agency specifies that the award applies only to 2021 models manufactured after April, which was when the automaker updated pedestrian detection technology for forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems; Previous models have not been evaluated. The IIHS crash test series includes frontal small overlap tests on the driver and passenger sides, a front medium overlap test on the driver’s side, side impact testing, and ratings for roof strength and head restraints.

Although the new IIHS rating for the Model Y is a vote of confidence for safety-focused EV shoppers, it’s worth noting that the SUV was tested based on existing side-impact standards, which will soon be replaced by more stringent standards for 2023. The new measures increase Weight of the fender used in the side-impact test along with impact speed: A 4,180-pound barrier hits the car at 37 mph, compared to the current 3,300-pound barrier, which hits at 31 mph.

The Model Y’s frontal crash prevention is also certified to IIHS standards for the highest safety rating. The SUV has received superior ratings in agency testing for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian protection systems (that is, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning). Tesla’s autopilot system comes standard on all of its vehicles including the Model Y and includes AEB and FCW among its suite of advanced driver assistance features.

The Model Y joins the Model 3 sedan on the Top Safety Pick Plus list after the sedan received high crash-avoidance test ratings for all models manufactured after 2021. Both cars also received good or acceptable ratings for their headlights, which sets them apart from the Model S. Grand sedan. (The Model S missed the IIHS award due to poor lamp rating.)

2022 Tesla Model Y Long Range starts at $62,190 (including the $1,200 destination fee), a performance version is also available; Both models come with a standard two-motor all-wheel drive system. The automaker is currently accepting orders with an estimated delivery date of July 2022, according to its website.

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