The Tesla Model 3 has won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ award for the third year in a row.
The IIHS, an independent, non-profit scientific and educational organization, gave the award to the electric sedan in the category for midsize luxury vehicles.
Other vehicles to win the award in that category include the Acura TLX, Lexus ES 350, Lexus IS, Volvo S60 & S60 Recharge, and Volvo V60 and V60 Recharge.
To qualify for the award, vehicles must meet a number of strict guidelines.
“Both awards require good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests — driver and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. Award winners must be available with front crash prevention that earns a superior or advanced rating in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. Last but not least, TOP SAFETY PICK winners must be available with good or acceptable headlights. The “plus” designation is given to models that have good or acceptable headlights across all trim levels and packages.“
The Model 3 nearly aced the test, obtaining perfect scores in all but one category – Crash Avoidance & mitigation. The electric sedan missed it by just one point in the subcategory of ‘Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian’.
The Model 3 is no stranger to the winners circle, having won awards around the world from publications like Parkers, Consumer Reports, and Edmunds. It has also been named ‘Car of the Year’ by multiple in several countries including Denmark and Norway.
You can read more about the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rankings on their website.