Tesla Model Y Crash-Test Rating Proves the Electric SUV Safe

Christian Wardlaw | Jan 12, 2021

Tesla sales soared in 2020, along with the electric vehicle company’s stock price. One reason for the company’s most recent success is the arrival of the Model Y, a teardrop-shaped crossover SUV based on the Model 3 sedan. Taller than the Model 3, available with all-wheel drive, and able to swallow up to 68 cubic feet of cargo with its third-row seat folded down, the Model Y is the long-awaited affordable Tesla SUV.

Tesla Model Y Blue Front Quarter View

Is a Tesla Model Y safe?

According to crash-test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), yes, the Tesla Model Y is safe. Not only does it earn an overall 5-star rating, the highest one the NHTSA gives, but it also gets 5-star ratings in every assessment performed by the government agency. And while NHTSA’s current standards are outdated, it’s still unusual for any vehicle to excel in every test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) holds vehicles to higher standards, but it has not evaluated the Model Y’s crashworthiness as this report is published. If the Model 3 sedan serves as an indicator, then the Model Y ought to prove itself impressive.

How much is a Tesla Model Y?

A recent $7,000 price reduction makes the Tesla Model Y more affordable at $41,990, plus the $1,200 destination charge. This price is possible through the use of a standard-range battery and the elimination of the formerly standard front-axle drive motor. The base Model Y is now a rear-drive vehicle with 244 miles of range on a fully charged battery. 

Tesla prices the Model Y Long Range AWD from $49,990, and it supplies 326 miles of range and acceleration to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, half a second quicker than the Model Y Standard Range. The performance-tuned Model Y Performance costs $59,990. It can go 303 miles on a single charge and arrives at 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Is there a federal tax credit for the Tesla Model Y?

Tesla vehicles no longer qualify for a federal income tax credit because the company has sold more than 200,000 electric cars. However, in the state of California, where the Model Y is mighty popular, a new Clean Fuel Reward puts $1,500 back into your pocket when you buy a Tesla. Other states may offer similar rebate and incentive programs.

Tesla Motors, the NHTSA, and the IIHS are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on January 12, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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