WASHINGTON – The 2016 BMW 3 Series midsize luxury car earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On sale now at BMW dealerships, the 2016 3 Series received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and five stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to the following versions of the 3 Series: the 2016 BMW 320i, 328d, 328i and 335 xDrive GT.
NHTSA has not rated the 2016 BMW 340i or the 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid.
The 2016 BMW 3 Series received “good” ratings in all Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, but earned a “marginal” rating in the small overlap front crash test. That test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
Standard safety features across the 3 Series lineup include dynamic stability control, traction control and knee airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger. A rearview camera is part of an optional Driver Assistance package. The Driver Assistance System also includes forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning.
Key 3 Series rivals include the Audi A4, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Audi A4, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class also earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.