2017 BMW 5-Series Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick + Rating

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, Automotive Editor - May 15, 2017

The latest BMW 5-Series sedan now has vastly improved crash protection.

The popular luxury sedan was awarded a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced May 12, indicating among the highest scores in its respective class in an array of safety tests.

When the previous 5-series model was tested in 2014, it scored only a Marginal score in the small overlap frontal crash test, the second-lowest. The IIHS then said its structure wasn't able to withstand the crash enough to protect the dummy's left leg and foot, likely resulting in injury.

The 2017 model's improved structure, however, likely would protect all parts of the dummy in all frontal and side crash tests, IIHS said. In addition, it also received a Good headlight rating with the optional Lighting Package and a top rating in crash prevention when equipped with the forward crash warning and Driver Assistance Plus Package.

When properly equipped, the IIHS said the 2017 BMW 5-series sedan offers good crash protection for occupants.

, Automotive Editor

Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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