Tesla Model 3 gets 5-star side crash rating

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The NHTSA conducted tests to simulate head-on collisions, crashes into side barriers and poles and rollovers, and the Model 3 earned the top rating in every category, according to the agency's website.

Model 3's advanced safety tech landed it the top rating for front-crash prevention tech.

The NHTSA's three safety categories are frontal crash, side crash and rollover.

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Between the NHTSA results and early feedback from the IIHS, Model 3 should rank among the industry's safest small cars.

In the latter test, the Model 3 earned a rollover resistance score of 6.60 percent.

However, the Model 3's semi-autonomous Autopilot was ranked highest in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's recent evaluation of active lane-keeping systems. In a post last month on Twitter, Musk noted that the absence of a fossil fuel-powered engine in the Model 3 gives the auto longer crumple zones. In the case of the Model 3, the analyst pointed out that the vehicle would likely be unrivaled until 2020, when Volvo releases its all-electric Polestar 2 sedan.

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The Tesla Model 3 gets crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The company's Model X also received a 5-star rating.

A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in Richmond, California, U.S., June 22, 2018. That rating combines both crash tests into a single rating for front and rear seat occupants.

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