After earning "good" ratings - the highest given - in all four safety evaluations, the redesigned BMW 5 Series has drawn "Top Safety Pick" status among large cars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced.

This is the first 5 series ever to earn the Top Safety Pick award, and the first BMW to achieve this since the IIHS implemented a new rollover test requirement.

Top Safety Pick recognizes the vehicles that earn the highest ratings for front, side, rollover and rear crash protection, and that have electronic stability control, which is standard on the 5 series, IIHS said.

The "good" rating for side impact protection is a significant improvement over the previous generation 5, which was rated "marginal" in the same test. The institute's side impact test represents a strike from an SUV or pickup.