2016 Tesla Model S  RealSafeCars91Safety Rating

#1 of 2016 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#6 of all 2016 vehicles


Pictured: 2013 Tesla Model S
The Model S, which Tesla introduced in 2012, is a three-row large sedan with seating up to 7. The Model S provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. Tesla offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty, and an 8-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2016 Tesla Model S is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2016 Tesla Model S has a score of 91, implying a 0.028% chance of driver death (2.5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2016 Tesla Model S has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.028% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.1931%, meaning the average driver has a 0.028% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.1931% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2016 Tesla Model S is 42% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2016 Tesla Model S is 46% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.


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