2023 BMW 3 Series  RealSafeCars88Safety Rating

#11 of 2023 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#41 of all 2023 vehicles

Pictured: 2012 BMW 3 Series
The 3 Series, part of BMW's lineup for decades, is a large sedan/hatchback/wagon with seating up to 5. The 3 Series provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2023 BMW 3 Series is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2023 BMW 3 Series has a score of 88, implying a 0.031% chance of driver death (2.8% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.027%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.4%.

We estimate that the 2023 BMW 3 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0308% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.5217%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0308% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.5217% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2023 BMW 3 Series is 34% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2023 BMW 3 Series is 39% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2023 BMW 3 Series offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features with BMW's Active Driving Assistant greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. The following active safety system is included even on lower trims/versions of the 2023 BMW 3 Series: Emergency Brake Assist. There is an optional safety feature on the 2023 BMW 3 Series which may add to the cost but should be strongly considered --- Lane-Change Warning with Lane-Change Assist.

Another safety feature seems simpler but should still be considered. Standard side mirror turn signals can help when you don't see a vehicle in your blind spot, by alerting them to your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other driver to avoid an accident with you.

And it is safer than many comparable models.

10073BMW X2Nissan LeafINFINITI Q50Lexus ISNissan MaximaHyundai Genesis G70Volkswagen ID.4Ford Mustang Mach-ETesla Model 3BMW 3 SeriesHyundai Ioniq 5A. A4 Allroad (Wagon)Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2023 BMW 3 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 73 to 100. The 2023 BMW 3 Series is safer than the 2023 BMW X2, the 2023 Nissan Leaf, the 2023 INFINITI Q50, the 2023 Lexus IS, the 2023 Nissan Maxima, and the 2023 Hyundai Genesis G70 and less safe than the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E and the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4. It is about as safe as the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the 2023 Tesla Model 3.

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