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2018 BMW X3 Crushes Crash Tests

BMW redesigned its compact SUV for 2018, and the new X3 aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests, earning the Top Safety Pick Plus designation when the vehicle is equipped with an optional front crash prevention system and uplevel headlights.

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The X3 scored good in all of the safety agency's crash tests, and its optional front crash prevention system earned a superior rating. Two systems are available, and IIHS said X3s equipped with either system avoided collisions in track tests at 12 and 25 mph.

The X3's headlights also earned a good rating, but only on certain trims. According to IIHS, the headlights that come with the X3's Executive Package are rated good, but the two other available headlight systems for the vehicle — including those on the base trim as well as those in the Convenience Package and Premium Package — earn just a marginal rating.

To qualify for IIHS's highest award, model-year 2018 vehicles must earn good crash-test and headlight scores as well as a superior or advanced rating in front crash prevention and an acceptable or good rating in the agency's tough new front passenger-side small overlap test, but not many vehicles have been tested. The previous X3 was never tested for small overlap protection on either the passenger or driver side of the vehicle.

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