The Tesla Model Y is a very safe crossover, at least according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The federal agency reported that the Model Y, Tesla’s lower-priced SUV sibling to the Model X, scored five stars overall. The rating was especially notable for a five-star rollover rating. Most SUVs rate three or four stars for rollover due to their higher centers of gravity when compared to passenger cars that ride lower to the ground. The difference in the Model Y is that the lithium-ion battery pack that makes up most of the SUV’s floors also helps considerably to lower its center of gravity.
So far, only NHTSA has weighed in on the Model Y’s crashworthiness. The insurance industry-funded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn’t yet crash-tested the Model Y. If its performance is anything like the related Tesla Model 3 sedan, the Y should do well. The Model 3 earned a Top Safety Pick+, the highest award granted by the IIHS. Only an “Advanced” score for its vehicle-to-pedestrian collision-avoidance system and an “Acceptable” score for its LATCH child seat anchors prevented it from earning a perfect score.
The 2021 Model Y starts just under $50,000 prior to any government incentives, though a less-expensive model with a shorter electric range will hit the road soon for around $43,000.