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2017 Tesla Model S
2017 Tesla Model S

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A
Small overlap front:
Models built after January 2017
Driver-side

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A

A
Small overlap front:
Models built after September 2016 and before February 2017
Driver-side

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A

G
Moderate overlap front
Models built after October 2016

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G

G
Side
Models built after October 2016

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G

G
Roof strength
Models built after October 2016

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 4,452 lbs
Peak force 19,271 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.33
Tested vehicle
Rating does not apply to Model S P100D. Rating of this model is Acceptable.
2016 Tesla Model S 60 4-door

G
Head restraints & seats
Models built after August 2016

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G

Superior Front crash prevention
Models built after October 2016

  • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking (Software Version 8.1)
Overall Evaluation
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
6 points total
This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point
In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points
In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

P
Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
  • 60 trim
  • 60D trim
  • 75 trim
  • 75D trim
  • 90D trim
  • 100D trim
  • P100D trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
No
Overall rating
P
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination Some glare

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.


  • 60 trim equipped with Premium Upgrades package
  • 60D trim equipped with Premium Upgrades package
  • 75 trim equipped with Premium Upgrades package
  • 75D trim equipped with Premium Upgrades package
  • 90D trim equipped with Premium Upgrades package
  • 100D trim equipped with Premium Upgrades package
  • P100D trim equipped with Premium Upgrades package
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
No
Overall rating
P
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination Some glare

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.


M
Child seat anchors (LATCH)
ease of use

60 Base Leather — leather seats

1 2 3
Good
No hardware available
Acceptable
Tether anchor
Marginal
Lower anchors
Poor
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Overall evaluation
M
1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors

Other safety features

  • Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
  • Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
  • Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
  • Electronic stability control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Daytime running lights