Have you ever considered what a safety rating actually means? As BMW dealers serving the Greater Boston, MA-area, we can tell you that in the case of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a safety rating means a lot. That’s why car manufacturers work so hard to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top rating of Top Safety Pick+ or its second highest rating, Top Safety Pick.

To receive the Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle has to undergo the following five crash tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, roof strength and head restraints. The automobile must earn the top score of good in each of the crash worthiness tests just listed. That’s not all. The car’s front crash prevention technology must also earn a mark of advanced or superior in order to earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating.

For a car to receive the Top Safety Pick rating, the automobile must earn a mark of good in the crash tests mentioned above. The car’s front crash mitigation feature has to earn a rating of basic as well.

Knowing how a car earns one of these coveted ratings is one thing, but knowing what they mean is another. When a car has earned the Top Safety Pick+ or the Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it means the vehicle is one of the safest automobiles in its entire class.

We’re proud to tell you that we have two vehicles in our Peabody BMW inventory that have earned the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, the 2016 BMW X1 and the 2016 BMW 2 Series. If you want to learn more about these automobiles or the IIHS’s safety ratings, give us a call, chat with us online, or visit BMW of Peabody on Andover Street today.