2020 Tesla Model 3  RealSafeCars87Safety Rating

#12 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#41 of all 2020 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 Tesla Model 3
The Model 3, which Tesla introduced in 2017, is a large sedan with seating up to 5. The Model 3 provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. 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 2020 Tesla Model 3 is above average 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 2020 Tesla Model 3 has a score of 87, implying a 0.033% chance of driver death (3% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2020 Tesla Model 3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0333% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.7982%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0333% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.7982% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Tesla Model 3 is 31% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 Tesla Model 3 is 35% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9377Kia StingerNissan MaximaBMW i3INFINITI Q50Volvo S60Hyundai Genesis G70Lincoln ContinentalHyundai Genesis G80Audi Q3Alfa Romeo GiuliaLexus RCTesla Model 3Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Tesla Model 3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 77 to 93. The 2020 Tesla Model 3 is safer than the 2020 Kia Stinger, the 2020 Nissan Maxima, the 2020 BMW i3, the 2020 INFINITI Q50, and the 2020 Volvo S60 and less safe than the 2020 Lincoln Continental. It is about as safe as the 2020 Lexus RC, the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia, and the 2020 Audi Q3.

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