On Wednesday, Tesla and IIHS announced on Twitter that Model 3 had won the 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Top Safety Award. What’s more, the Model 3 is the only electric car to win the IIHS Top Safety Award, and the only U.S.-made car to win the honor.
To receive the award, a car must receive a “good” rating in six crash-resistant assessments, including a driver’s side small overlap front, a passenger side small overlapping front, a medium overlap front, a side, roof strength and head protection test. Moreover, car headlights must also be rated “good”, a measure that is particularly challenging for many carmakers.
IIHS noted that only 64 vehicles were on the agency’s 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick plus list. Of the 64 cars, only 23 have won the agency’s top safety award, top Safety Pick Plus, one of which is the Model 3.
David Harkey, president of IIHS, explains that vehicles with a “plus” rating are relatively rare, in part because of the company’s rigorous headlight assessments.
Previously, in September 2019, Model 3 was awarded the Top Safety Pick, the top security award from IIHS. The award is a huge victory for Tesla and is yet another example of the Model 3 being one of the safest cars on the road today. Moreover, the Model 3 became the second all-electric vehicle to receive the award, following Audi e-tron’s award last August.
Last August, the Audi E-Tron SUV beat the Tesla Model S and Chevrolet Bolt to become the first electric car to win the 2019 IIHS Top Safety Award.
In addition to receiving IIHS’s top security award, Model 3 was re-recommended by Consumer Reports last November along with Model S.
Consumer Reports says it surveyed 420,000 cars, including nearly 4,000 Tesla cars. The results showed that the reliability of the Model 3 and Model S had improved, and the magazine reinstated its “recommended” rating on both models. The magazine had previously dismissed the two models’ recommendations, citing reliability issues.