Both the 2022 and 2023 BMW 5 Series and X3 are the latest recipients of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus awards. After failing to secure any IIHS award for 2021, each has now checked the boxes to qualify for the Plus designation. The 5 Series sedan secured the agency’s top award thanks to upgraded crash-test scores, while the X3 compact SUV received the award due to improved headlights.
IIHS reserves its Top Safety Pick awards for vehicles that earn good ratings in six crash-test categories: driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Additionally, one set of headlights must be rated acceptable or good for a vehicle to be named a Top Safety Pick; the Plus designation requires good- or acceptable-rated headlights across all trims. Finally, a vehicle must offer a front crash prevention system with an advanced or superior rating in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash tests.