2020 Tesla Model Y  RealSafeCars86Safety Rating

#30 of 2020 SUVs

#45 of all 2020 vehicles


The Model Y, which Tesla introduced in 2020, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. The Model Y provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. The Tesla Model Y has exceptional horsepower for its class, packing substantial oomph. With standard 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 Y 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 Y has a score of 86, implying a 0.034% chance of driver death (3.1% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2020 Tesla Model Y has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0344% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.9318%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0344% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.9318% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Tesla Model Y is 28% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2020 Tesla Model Y is 18% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Tesla's AutoPilot (which can help keep you safe when not in self-driving mode) active safety features can protect loved ones by preventing accidents and reducing accident severity. An active safety system that is standard on the 2020 Tesla Model Y is Blind Spot Monitoring. Optional safety features on the 2020 Tesla Model Y which we recommend include Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Departure Warning System.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9877BMW i3Cadillac XT5Tesla Model YCadillac XT6Tesla Model 3Volvo XC60Lincoln ContinentalAudi Q5Lexus RXLincoln NautilusM.-B. GLC-ClassHyundai Genesis G80Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Tesla Model Y with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 77 to 98. The 2020 Tesla Model Y is safer than the 2020 BMW i3 and less safe than the 2020 Hyundai Genesis G80, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus, the 2020 Lexus RX, the 2020 Audi Q5, the 2020 Lincoln Continental, and the 2020 Volvo XC60. It is about as safe as the 2020 Cadillac XT5, the 2020 Cadillac XT6, and the 2020 Tesla Model 3.

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