Tesla Model 3 and Model Y Win Numerous 2023 ‘What Car?’ Awards

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Tesla’s flagship sedan and SUV have earned three separate awards on Britain’s “What Car?” index, as shared on Friday in videos and on the rating index’s website.

The Tesla Model Y earned the “Best for Safety” award in the ranking system, while the Tesla Model 3 earned titles for both “Best for Efficiency” and “Best Executive Car.”

The safety tests were conducted in partnership with Thatcham Research, and the research firm also pointed out Model Y’s recent high scores on the Euro NCAP safety assessment.

The Tesla Model 3 and Y were also both awarded Top Safety Pick Plus awards by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) last year.

The Model 3 earned the Best for Efficiency award with an efficiency of 8.5 pence per mile, which What Car calls “astonishingly low.”

Tesla also seems to be preparing to debut a refreshed design version of the Model 3 this year, dubbed “Highland,” and including a simplified design on the inside of the vehicle.

Last year, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 was granted the “Car of the Year” award in the UK, after being compared to the Model Y in a shootout from Edmunds just months earlier.

You can see Thatcham Research’s video discussing the What Car safety winner, the Tesla Model Y, below:

The 2023 Car of the Year went to the Volkswagen ID Buzz, which also won the Large Electric Car of the Year award. The Hyundai Genesis GV60 RWD Premium won the Electric SUV of the Year, while the Technology Award went to the BMW i7 Theatre Screen. The Mercedes EQE 350 AMG Line Premium won the ‘Best large electric car for long distances’ award, with no mention of the Tesla Model S.