IIHS: 2022-23 BMW 5 Series, X3 Upgraded to Top Safety Pick Plus

IIHS: 2022-23 BMW 5 Series, X3 Upgraded to Top Safety Pick Plus Both 2022 and 2023 are the latest winners of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus Awards. After failing to secure any 2021 IIHS award, they each have now ticked the boxes to qualify for the Plus designation. The 5-Series sedan took the top agency award thanks to its improved crash test scores, while the X3 compact SUV took the award for its improved headlights.

IIHS reserves its Top Safety Pick awards for vehicles with good ratings in six categories of crash tests: driver-side small telescopic frontage, passenger-side small telescopic interface, moderate telescopic front, side original, roof strength and head restraint tests. In addition, one set of headlights must be rated as acceptable or good in order for the vehicle to be rated as the best safety choice; Designation Plus requires headlights with a good or acceptable rating via All decorations. Finally, the vehicle must offer a frontal collision prevention system with an advanced or superior rating in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle crash tests.

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IIHS: 2022-23 BMW 5 Series, X3 Upgraded to Top Safety Pick Plus

The 5 Series has an acceptable headlight rating for its standard headlights, while the X3 has a good headlight rating across all variants. Previously, it failed to receive an award due to standard marginal-rated headlights; It missed a good one-class rating in the passenger-side small-overlap frontal crash test.

The 5 Series Front Collision Prevention System received a Superior rating in the Vehicle-to-Vehicle Ratings and Advanced in the Vehicle-to-Pedestrian Test, while the updated X3 scored highly in both ratings. Both the 5 Series and X3 come with standard forward collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering correction, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high beams. Adaptive cruise control is available with BMW and lane to help avoid side collision.

The 5 Series and X3 join the brand’s other top safety picks for 2022, which include the 2 Series Gran Coupe, 3 Series sedan, and X5 SUV.

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