The 2011 BMW 3-Series hasn't been tested yet, but the nearly identical 2010 model performed well in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, returning better-than-average scores. The IIHS rated the 3-Series “good,” its highest rating. NHTSA awarded five-star ratings for front and rear side-impact safety, while frontal crash tests scored four stars.
Standard safety features include a full suite of airbags, run-flat tires, anti-lock brakes, and a stability control system. An optional automatic high-beam system helps improve nighttime visibility. Overall visibility from the driver's seat is good, though thick front pillars can occasionally make it tough to see around corners.