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Video: Tesla Model 3’s IIHS Crash Test

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The 2019 Tesla Model 3’s crashworthiness received a very positive review from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after being put through a litany of tests.

In particular, the Institute called out the Model 3’s performance in its “most challenging” crash test, the driver-side small overlap front test.

While it’s hard to watch a Tesla smashed to bits, a video of the Institute’s test shows the Model 3 seemingly keeping the test dummy from significant harm. That’s certainly encouraging for owners.

Watch the video of the test above.

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Wonder if the Tesla has an advantage in this test. The weight of the battery towards the outside rear, pivots the car away from a corner impact, dissipating some of the impact in diagonal movement & wheel scrubbing. whereas a motor block's weight at the front would tend to lock a car into the impact.

However that's probably what happens in real life, so well done that plucky exTesla.