Why Tesla's Model X Was The First SUV To Receive A Perfect Crash Test Rating

  • Published on Jan 18, 2019
  • SUVs are generally safe, but have a high rollover probability. Tesla was able to overcome this obstacle with their Model X SUV. Here's how they did it.
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    The following is a transcript of the video:
    Narrator: This Tesla Model X refuses to roll over. Unlike most SUVs which tend to roll over with ease, the Model X continues to return to an upright position. Here's why the Model X was the first SUV to receive a perfect crash test rating. When it comes to vehicle safety, size matters. So it's not uncommon for SUVs to be generally safer than your standard sedan. However, they tend to have one big shortcoming. Rollovers.
    SUVs are notorious for having a high center of gravity causing them to roll over when put into tight maneuvering situations, or a side impact. Rollovers can result in the partial or full ejection of passengers from the vehicle, increasing the chances of injury or death. In 2016, rollovers happened in one percent of serious crashes in passenger vehicles but accounted for one-third of collision-related deaths.
    Over the past three decades, automakers have been able to reduce the frequency of rollovers in vehicles with technology and more stable designs. However, once a serious impact occurs it's just basic physics. A higher center of gravity increases the likelihood of a car tipping or rolling over.
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA is the only organization that tests rollover resistance. They also test frontal crashes and side impacts from a pole and barrier. After each test, they measure readings from a dummy to determine how much damage a real person is likely to sustain. They use this data to determine a safety rating in each category and an overall safety rating for the vehicle.
    Amongst its many luxury features, the Model X hosts active safety technology such as collision avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking. But what sets the Model X apart is its design. Like other Teslas, the Model X has a large, rigid battery pack located on the floor of the vehicle. This gives the Model X a much lower center of gravity than your average SUV. In the event of a collision that would normally cause an SUV to roll over, this would happen instead.
    But rollovers are just one aspect of the safety test. Since the Model X is an electric vehicle, there's no need for mechanical components in the hood of the car. This allows for a much larger crumple zone to absorb energy from a frontal crash. It also has specially-made side sills that absorb energy in addition to its rigid side pillars. These features help reduce the force exerted on passengers and increases their protection. But if you don't have $80,000 laying around for a Model X there’s still plenty of SUVs out there with excellent safety ratings.
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Comments • 6 160

  • MVP_KZ
    MVP_KZ 19 hours ago

    But when are we getting flying cars? :)

  • insanIty
    insanIty 2 days ago

    Mercedes G Class, actually.

  • I Commando
    I Commando 4 days ago

    When you create the heaviest SUV it's no wonder they roll.
    An incidental pro that comes with the heavy flaw of electric cars.
    There is nothing clever about any of it which is something this video tries to make out to be so bad.

  • Sandy
    Sandy 4 days ago

    Google Tesla fires. These cars are LETHAL.

  • WS P
    WS P 5 days ago

    Wait, they were testing the Tesla on sand...umm, am I the only one that thinks that is not a realistic/accurate test?
    Seems to me that the sand would absorb a lot of kinetic energy and dampen the rollover effect. Just wondering what anyone else thought.

  • 100,000 subscribers without any videos

    I named my dog Tesla because she never rolls over :(

  • universalchiro
    universalchiro 8 days ago +1

    Tesla: "We have produced the safest vehicle on the road."
    Big Oil and Big Auto: "Everyone short Tesla stock, that is our last hope to continue selling you cars that hurt the planet."
    The truth always comes out, Tesla will dominate the future. Short squeeze coming.

  • Shakil Rahman
    Shakil Rahman 9 days ago

    #teslavans. Vans shoes do da same

  • Nexus
    Nexus 10 days ago


  • Eva Phone
    Eva Phone 11 days ago

    If it's rolls over the doors c
    Won't open

  • I'm Fe4rlless
    I'm Fe4rlless 13 days ago

    In Russia you don't flip the car the car flip you

  • Legxndary
    Legxndary 13 days ago +1

    Definitely a biased video (as much as I like Tesla), you can see at 0:11 that the car compared to it in terms of stability has a much greater initial speed and was probably accelerating whereas the Tesla started off at a steady speed

  • Saarthak Khanna
    Saarthak Khanna 15 days ago

    At 2:38 what was expecting an engine ?

  • bintang rjp
    bintang rjp 15 days ago

    Omg i see jordan car being destroyed and im laughing😂

  • Just TF
    Just TF 17 days ago

    Elon would be Proud

  • Jwjw De 3rd
    Jwjw De 3rd 18 days ago

    Vans with wheels

  • Made this for Restricted videos

    Real long way to say "heavy battery on bottom make car stay on ground"

  • Alexia Rai
    Alexia Rai 18 days ago


    *the model x is considered a suv?*

  • Andrew Robinson
    Andrew Robinson 18 days ago

    Because it has 50 tons of batteries on the bottom of it lmao

  • Like_aleprechaun
    Like_aleprechaun 18 days ago

    Or save a few million for a Mining truck that’ll be safe

  • Amit Yadav
    Amit Yadav 19 days ago

    It refuses to roll over it was pulled back again with the rope attached 0:01, on the edge where it was about to roll over rope tightens up,

    • Amit Yadav
      Amit Yadav 19 days ago

      Also sand makes huge barrier below on the left

  • GameKnight76
    GameKnight76 19 days ago

    I bet a Nokia phone could flip the car

  • Tuna Kandemir
    Tuna Kandemir 19 days ago


  • Zakhiddin Avtandil
    Zakhiddin Avtandil 19 days ago

    Love tesla but do not fap on it

  • TheEveCalledEbe
    TheEveCalledEbe 20 days ago

    this is the car version of vans sneakers

  • Gavin !
    Gavin ! 20 days ago

    Well I mean, they can survive a nuclear blast

    to some extent

  • Russian Bot
    Russian Bot 20 days ago

    Because the batteries lower the center of gravity, it's hard to rollover. Unlike most SUVs.

    BHISHMA PITAMAh 20 days ago

    I dont really think that tesla model X is a SUV😒

  • Marcus Jarrell
    Marcus Jarrell 20 days ago

    Tesla is OP

  • Dreck Curryabueva
    Dreck Curryabueva 20 days ago +4

    How to get an 5 five stars rating on your suv
    Step1 put uno revers card

  • Ectos
    Ectos 20 days ago

    Why do you even need to make this video? Could've been described in one sentence: "Because of the really heavy battery pack placed on the floor of the car so the center of gravity is really low"

  • Julius Caesar
    Julius Caesar 20 days ago

    Real life says otherwise

  • Loli Catcher
    Loli Catcher 21 day ago

    Looks like we’re gonna see Tesla’s in Rocket League, wait it doesn’t have a engine...

  • Justin Salazar
    Justin Salazar 21 day ago

    You gotta pay to stay alive

  • xfilthyiv
    xfilthyiv 21 day ago

    The sand in the test helped it not flip though if it was on pavement it definitely would of flipped just saying

  • John R
    John R 21 day ago +3

    This is a lie. The older subaru forester had a perfect crash test

  • World'sYoungestCarGuy

    Euro NCAP is better

  • LearnEd
    LearnEd 21 day ago

    I never knew that the Model X and a pair of Vans shoes had something in common lolol.

  • Geo. 972
    Geo. 972 21 day ago

    They should put that funny voice on robots on a tesla

  • Oh Oh
    Oh Oh 21 day ago

    VOLVO... Elon paid these morons to say Tesla is the safest Volvo doesn't advertise that they show you

  • C'mon
    C'mon 21 day ago

    As a QC, Company always put the best version of product while testing it. If it passes the test, then its time to reduce the efficiency and make it more profitable.

  • WitheredArrest
    WitheredArrest 21 day ago

    I really want a Tesla Model X, they are so cool

  • the fuhrer epicness
    the fuhrer epicness 21 day ago

    I saw tesla model 3 and it made no noise when it drove it and I thought In my head *that's gonna be a problem*

  • Vinay Tanwar
    Vinay Tanwar 22 days ago

    And here in india ... They don't even test a car

  • TheSystemGuy99
    TheSystemGuy99 22 days ago +1


  • TheEverythingKing85
    TheEverythingKing85 22 days ago

    Dammit what a waste of Teslas lool I bet they take the batteries out before they crash em

  • DataLog
    DataLog 22 days ago

    Maybe because it's not a SUV?

  • Paul Walters
    Paul Walters 22 days ago

    There any footage of that rollover test done on actual pavement? Part of the reason it isn't rolling over is because the tires are digging into the sand heavily. I'm fairly confident that if you replicate that on real world roads it'd be on it's side or roof easily.

  • Mf Tripz
    Mf Tripz 22 days ago +1

    Dude imagine being the non Tesla owner, you'd die from being crushed inside a tin can

  • Name Nikename
    Name Nikename 22 days ago

    Sounds greate in cities, doesn't work in mountains.

  • Tom
    Tom 22 days ago +2

    But any children you have in the front compartment will get crushed in a front collision

  • Jeremy Ochs
    Jeremy Ochs 22 days ago +6

    A pointless 3 min video that tells you teslas have heavy battery packs

    • Jeremy Ochs
      Jeremy Ochs 21 day ago

      @Pelotero I can make the video, however I cant afford the million dollar deposite to suck on Googles slong so they put my video in the top 5 trending for all the 5 year olds watch it

    • Pelotero
      Pelotero 21 day ago

      You could make your own video and have 10 Million people watch you say " It's because of heavy batteries"

  • Young Sinatra
    Young Sinatra 22 days ago

    $100k for an faster toyota Prius but still ugly.... If Tesla only put some money into the design of their cars.

    • Hezodon
      Hezodon 22 days ago

      Young Sinatra lmao don’t get one then not everyone wants a flashy gross car

  • Nathan Cloud
    Nathan Cloud 22 days ago

    Best car for running from the cops

  • Craft MANIA
    Craft MANIA 22 days ago

    The designer of this car hates playing ludo as the car doesn't roll over

  • Billy Thompson
    Billy Thompson 22 days ago

    If Tesla was a shoe I’d be vans


    Youre a tool. Move that test from the sandpit to tarmac then tell me it wont roll over....

  • Angel Sanchez
    Angel Sanchez 23 days ago

    Trust me if I could afford one I would Motors pollute the Earth.
    with all the amazing options that Tesla has to offer it's pretty darn amazing like seriously they're made Bulletproof. I've seen it really takes the car to a whole nother level.
    that's just in 2019 could you only imagine 20 years from now. I'm excited and in 20 years from now I'll be able to definitely afford one.

  • Areeb Khan
    Areeb Khan 23 days ago

    Elon Musk for the win

  • Sam Currie
    Sam Currie 23 days ago

    No car rolls over with ease? wtf first 20 seconds of the video and it's already just wrong.

  • Atoms Molecules
    Atoms Molecules 23 days ago

    $80,000 ? Where? Bruh the Model X costs $100,000 !

  • Adam Jenicek
    Adam Jenicek 23 days ago +279

    A 3 min video to say "the battery is on the bottom, so it doesn't flip"

    • Ashton
      Ashton 22 days ago +5

      At leasts it not 10 and explain what saftey ratings are

  • Jamie Battersby
    Jamie Battersby 24 days ago

    At the beginning it shows you that the Tesla is tied down once the tires leave the ground it's considered a rollover all four tires were off the ground that's a roll over don't let them sugar code it for you

  • shub verse
    shub verse 24 days ago +6

    Just put butter on the roof and it'll always roll of it's back

  • FaZe ReCT ツ
    FaZe ReCT ツ 24 days ago


  • Abdullah Ashour
    Abdullah Ashour 24 days ago

    There were wires on the model x keeping it from falling

  • Maximilian
    Maximilian 24 days ago

    Those are some ridiculous statistics. If rollovers happen in 1% of the serious crashes but account for one-third of the deaths, it basically just means that in the most serious of crashes the vehicles have a higher probability of rolling over and also fatalities to occur - no surprise there tbh.

  • Sydney Shorltz
    Sydney Shorltz 25 days ago

    Let's start a trend typing #Mars2024. On every video we click on. We need to spread awareness if the HUMAN species is going to be living on a diffrent planet. Copy paste below if you want.
    #Mars2024. This is a trend about humans reaching mars. Copy paste to spread popularity.

  • Oprah Winfrey
    Oprah Winfrey 25 days ago

    People honestly can’t be that stupid. Obviously its low center of gravity which prevents the Tesla from rolling...Christ how was this story even approved by your editor and chief?

  • un known
    un known 25 days ago

    Which is perfect tesla and suv

  • Danny Thrive
    Danny Thrive 25 days ago

    tesla's also explode easily especially due to road debry so i'd rather not. Also they are super unsafe.. ru-clip.com/video/zgHeXFyrSZw/video.html , ru-clip.com/video/VgQwHDFohTo/video.html there's many more..

  • Standard Conservative
    Standard Conservative 25 days ago

    It's obvious Elon is just playing Gmod. He even used the upright tool on the Model X.

  • Leo louie pineda
    Leo louie pineda 26 days ago +2

    Tesla yes it can't roll over but the batter can blow up 😏

  • Leonaяdo DiCapяio
    Leonaяdo DiCapяio 27 days ago

    Wow! Almost as safe as a Lada Niva

  • Nick Sanderson
    Nick Sanderson 27 days ago

    It also help that Teslas general sit on a lower suspension than traditional SUVs

  • Behizy
    Behizy 27 days ago +5

    YO what were you saying bro I was busing getting internal satisfaction from the crashes

  • Cherrie
    Cherrie 27 days ago

    I dont see any videos on the tesla being tested itself so why should we believe it.

  • Elis
    Elis 27 days ago

    Good suspension helps

  • coooolibri
    coooolibri 28 days ago

    just cause its the suv class maybe, you cant compare it to a Q7, or anything like it, especially when the battery is on the bottom.

  • BloonsBoi 64
    BloonsBoi 64 28 days ago +1

    Elon is killing it in the car business

  • 5lav
    5lav 28 days ago

    Those doors are pure in practical trash

  • dxelson
    dxelson 28 days ago

    Honestly I think a regular door model X would sell pretty well

  • Noah The Slayer
    Noah The Slayer 28 days ago

    man I could have drove one of those teslas ):

  • Srinath sudheer
    Srinath sudheer 28 days ago

    Katakuri's ride 😂

  • Foxɪo99
    Foxɪo99 29 days ago

    Model X updated with GTA car physics

  • Its Wenny
    Its Wenny 29 days ago +2

    Damnnn my bank account will be crying if i crash my car😭😂

  • Nicks
    Nicks 29 days ago

    Hardly really an SUV is it.

  • NothingButGames
    NothingButGames 29 days ago

    Vans: Time to do the flip challenge
    Elon Musk: *Hold my car*

  • Michael Sharpless
    Michael Sharpless Month ago

    I gotta model ✖️ 😝

  • Anglo Eternal
    Anglo Eternal Month ago

    Neat, but how is this supposed to help me with my finals

  • ꉣꏹꉣꉣꏹꋪꁏꋊꀤ

    But there is the risk of being electrocuted or the battery explodes after a collision

  • H G
    H G Month ago

    But the battery will set on fire in a crash

  • ja hu
    ja hu Month ago

    I would like to see it not rolling over on that Volvo XC test.

  • Jason B
    Jason B Month ago

    witches of east wick$%...If you get in a crash that bad with your Tesla, the only thing that will be hurting is your bank account...

  • yotam
    yotam Month ago

    why injury or death? you should say injury and death.

  • Your First And Last

    First car to do a Backflip

  • abby jimenez
    abby jimenez Month ago +78

    *flips my vans shoes*
    *Lands upright
    Rich people:
    *Flips tesla*

    • abby jimenez
      abby jimenez 22 days ago

      @thicc glucose god yeah RU-clip does that to a lot of comments

    • thicc glucose god
      thicc glucose god 22 days ago

      ok actually wtf ur comments keep changing

    • thicc glucose god
      thicc glucose god 22 days ago

      wtf when I saw ur comment it was about Elizabeth from elders react but it changed to this

  • yoyodud67111
    yoyodud67111 Month ago

    Okay rollover! Good Honda!

  • 10469
    10469 Month ago

    If this happen to you.. the question is what car would you buy again?

  • Thomas Forster
    Thomas Forster Month ago

    Except it will catch fire half the time.