Now in its second model year, the BMW X3 has some, but not all, of its crash-test scores in the win column.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports the new X3 gets "good" ratings for all its relevant crash tests, which means the crossover is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet tested the latest X3. We'll update this review if that information becomes available during the model year.
Standard safety features on the 2011 X3 include all the usual airbags, active front head restraints, anti-lock brakes, and stability systems. In Sport mode, drivers of a navigation-and-iDrive-equipped X3 can customize that Sport mode for differing levels of stability control. A stability-control mode with a higher threshold of intervention also aids traction and confidence in snow.