Claims News Service, March 7, 8:58 a.m. EST — According to recent front, side, and rear impact tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the BMW 3 series and Lexus IS are the safest midsize cars on the road.

Seven new or redesigned midsized vehicles were tested in the study: three moderately priced cars — Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Pontiac G6 — and four luxury/near luxury cars — Acura TSX, BMW 3 series, Infiniti G35, and Lexus IS. The BMW 3 series and Lexus IS earned the “Top Safety Pick” for their good performance in front and side crash tests, plus acceptable ratings for their seat/head restraint designs in rear tests. The Ford Fusion, tested without its optional side airbags, earned the lowest ratings altogether.

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