No official BMW M3 crashworthiness review exists as specialized performance cars such as the M3 are rarely crashed if there is an ordinary vehicle that can be crashed instead. Thus, the NHTSA has not yet evaluated the M3, but fortunately, the regular 3 Series sedan forms an excellent base, the 2023 model achieving an overall rating of five stars. These sentiments are mirrored at the IIHS, where the 2021 G20 3 Series won the 2021 Top Safety Pick award, achieving the best possible rating of Good in every test carried out. Although the 2022 3 Series did not repeat the feat, it still achieved the best rating of "Good" for all the test criteria, as did the 2023 3 Series.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
As standard, you get front, side-impact, overhead, and knee airbags in the M3. You also get the obligatory rearview camera, along with front and rear parking sensors, forward-collision detection, active blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, auto high beams, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming interior and driver's mirrors, and adaptive brake lights. Safety enhancements you can add include Icon adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight, lane-keep assist, traffic-jam assist, an automatic parking system, a head-up display, and an evasion aid.
|BMW M3 Sedan Trims||Sedan||Competition Sedan||Competition xDrive Sedan|
|Rear Parking Aid||S||S||S|
|Blind Spot Monitor||S||S||S|
|Lane Departure Warning||S||O||O|
|Lane Keeping Assist||N/A||O||O|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S||S|
Thus far, the 2023 M3 has not been subject to any recalls. The 2022 M3 was also recall-free, but all 2021 trims were recalled twice, for the possible loss of braking assistance and ABS and for a front passenger seatbelt buckle that may malfunction. The RWD models were recalled a third time for an additional front seatbelt malfunction. It seems as if these recalls were the beginning and end of any reliability concerns.
Should anything go wrong in your time owning one of these, BMW offers a warranty that includes limited and powertrain coverage for the first four years or 50,000 miles. You also get better maintenance coverage than Audi thanks to three years or 36,000 miles of complementary care.