First SUV ever to get 5-star ratings all around on every crash test measurement!

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Tesla Model X SUV
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In what’s being hailed as an industry first, Tesla say its Model X is the first SUV to ever get five-star ratings in every category and sub-category of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s (NHTSA) crash tests.

In addition, the all-electric vehicle maker says the NHTSA found that drivers and passengers in a Model X have a 93% probability of walking away unscathed from a serious crash.

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This SUV is the safest ever tested!

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

Tesla attributes the Model X’s impressive performance on crash tests to the fact that it is all electric.

“The rigid, fortified battery pack that powers Model X is mounted beneath the floor of the vehicle creating a center of gravity so low that Model X has the lowest rollover probability of any SUV on the road,” the company notes on its blog. “No other SUV has ever come close to meeting and exceeding this rollover requirement.”

Of course with a list price starting at $82,500, the Model X is out of most people’s price range!

So with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of other SUVs with 5-star ratings overall in the NHTSA crash tests, as compiled by Kelley Blue Book. Some cost only a fourth of what the Model X does!

(Editor’s note: All models below scored a minimum of four stars or higher on overall rating, overall side barrier rating, overall frontal crash rating, overall side crash rating and overall rollover rating. Many only missed a perfect five-star count on all five metrics by only one or two stars.)

10. 2017 Ford Expedition

Starting at $47,125

9. 2017 Ford Edge

Starting at $28,950

8. 2017 Chevrolet Trax

Starting at $21,000

7. 2017 Chevrolet Traverse

Starting at $28,700

6. 2017 Buick Encore

Starting at $22,990

5. 2017 Buick Enclave

Starting at $39,065

4. 2017 BMW X3

Starting at $40,050

3. 2017 Acura RDX

Starting at $35,670

2. 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Starting at $51,960

1. 2017 Acura MDX

Starting at $44,050

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