Five stars are the most you can get from the NHTSA crash safety scale. The Tesla Model S just scored
5.4 stars. Yes. It broke the scale. How is that possible?
Tesla says that the Model S did so well and scored five in every single category and subcategory. The NHTSA doesn't have a rating higher than five, but it does record when something exceeds the five star level.
The Model S doesn't have an engine up front, so because of that, it gives it huge crumple zones to absorb impact. The frame is strong too because of the batteries.
Check out the abuse the Tesla Model S had to go through to get the rating in the videos below: