2021 Tesla Model 3 Regains Top Safety Pick Ratings from IIHS, Consumer Reports

After Tesla switched out the 2021 Model 3’s radar-based AutoPilot and safety systems for the entirely camera-based ‘Tesla Vision’ system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rescinded its ‘2021 Top Safety Pick+’ rating for the car (which it had earned for the third year in a row).

According to recent tweet from the IIHS, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 has regained its position as the organization’s top safety pick for this year after the new camera-based Vision system‘s impressive performance in comprehensive safety tests.

The electric vehicle (EV) has been awarded a ‘Superior’ grade for front crash prevention in vehicle-to-vehicle collisions — the best grade possible, and an ‘Advanced’ grade for front crash prevention in vehicle-to-pedestrian collisions.

In addition, the Model 3 has been awarded ‘G’ grades, the best possible, across the board for all of the IIHS’s ‘Crashworthiness’ tests, as well as a ‘G’ grade for its headlights.

The IIHS’s testing also provided conclusive evidence of Tesla Vision providing effective Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) in the event of an impending collision.

Detailed results for the tests conducted by the organization can be found on the IIHS website.

Consumer Reports has also restored the Tesla Model 3 to ‘Top Pick’ status, which it had previously walked back following the switch to Tesla Vision. The Model 3 was designed to be the safest car in the U.S., and it has now regained the credentials to back that up.