Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announcement
ARLINGTON, Va. — The BMW 5 series, a large luxury car, and the BMW X3, a midsize luxury SUV, have earned 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
To earn either of the Institute’s two awards this year, a vehicle must earn good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It must also be available with a front crash prevention system (AEB) that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.
For the lower-tier TOP SAFETY PICK, at least one good or acceptable headlight system must be available. For the higher-tier TOP SAFETY PICK+, good or acceptable headlights must be standard across all trims.
The 2022-23 5 series and X3 meet all the requirements for the higher-tier award. Acceptable-rated headlights are standard on the 5 series, while all trims of the X3 are equipped with a good-rated system.
The 5 series comes with a standard front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating in the vehicle-to-vehicle evaluation and an advanced rating in the vehicle-to-pedestrian test, while the X3’s standard system earns superior ratings in both evaluations.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and property damage from motor vehicle crashes through research and evaluation and through education of consumers, policymakers and safety professionals.
The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shares and supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and by publishing insurance loss results by vehicle make and model.
Both organizations are wholly supported by these auto insurers and insurance associations.