2012 BMW 3-Series

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned 2012 BMW 3-Series midsize sedan and 2013 Acura RDX crossover SUV Top Safety Picks. This means they both received the highest score of “good” in the Institute’s front, rear, side and roof strength tests.

“Both vehicles earned their listed status by upgrading the strength of their roofs,” Autoblog reports. The 2007 to 2012 Acura RDX was rated “marginal” for its roof strength, which is the second lowest rating, while 2006 to 2011 3-Series sedans had an “acceptable” roof strength rating, which is the second highest. The 2012 BMW 3-Series coupe and convertible models did not earn Top Safety Pick status, but convertible models earned the top score of “good” in front and rear crash tests and “marginal” in side impact tests. No roof strength tests are performed on convertibles.

2013 Acura RDX

Last week, the IIHS gave Top Safety Pick awards to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera and 2012 Toyota Prius c.

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t evaluated the safety of the redesigned 2013 Acura RDX or 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan yet.

BMW 3-Series rivals that are also Top Safety Picks include the 2012 Acura TL, Audi A4, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volkswagen CC and Volvo S60. Some of the RDX’s competitors that have achieved Top Safety Pick Status include the 2012 Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Lincoln MKT, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60.

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