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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

2021-22 Tesla Model Y earns highest IIHS accolade

The 2021-22 Tesla Model Y, a midsize luxury SUV, has qualified for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

OEMs can achieve TOP SAFETY PICK+, when vehicles earn good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations. The car must pass the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. They must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.

At least one good or acceptable headlight system must be available for the lower-tier TOP SAFETY PICK award. For the higher-tier TOP SAFETY PICK+, good or acceptable headlights must be standard across all trims.

Model Y vehicles built after April 2021 meet all the criteria for the “plus.” Following Tesla´s decision to convert to a camera-only system, the standard front crash prevention system earns superior ratings in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. In addition, the two available headlight systems earn good and acceptable ratings.

Separately, the standard front crash prevention system on 2021-22 Tesla Model 3 vehicles built after April 2021 also earns a superior rating in both crash avoidance tests, following a software update. Cars made earlier earn an advanced rating in the vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluation.

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