Tesla Model S Safety Rating: 5.4 Out of 5 Stars
Electric vehicle fares better than any in history of NHTSA testing
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
A Tesla Model S is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Jan. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – Just how well did the Tesla Model S do in government safety tests? The highest score a car can get is 5 stars. The Model S got 5.4. "Yes," writes Travis Okulski at Jalopnik. "It broke the scale." In fact, the electric car did better than any vehicle ever tested by the National Highway Transportation Safety Board, reports the Christian Science Monitor. About 1% of cars get a 5-star rating, but the Tesla did exceptionally well in all the individual categories and subcategories—front impact, side impact, rear impact, rollover vulnerability, you name it.

"Frontal impact was aided by the lack of engine block under the Tesla's 'frunk'—allowing more space for impact absorption," writes Antony Ingram at the Monitor, who finds evidence of a real-world test in Tennessee. A woman driving a Tesla S there slammed into a power pole hard enough to knock it down and cut off power to a neighborhood, reports WGNS. But she emerged unscathed, except for DUI charges. (The Model S, which starts at a mere $70,000, also got rave reviews from Consumer Reports.)

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Aug 25, 2013 1:45 PM CDT
If I had $70,000 to spare I wouldn't spend it on a Tesla, I'd spend it on 500 shares of Tesla stock. I'm thinking that will be worth $1,000,000 by June 14, 2019
Aug 21, 2013 10:08 AM CDT
The US became great from making things better than anybody else... being able to charge the most for it is merely indicative of the superiority of the product.
Aug 21, 2013 9:42 AM CDT
Of course, it scored high. It costs over $100,000.00; AND it's a pet government project.