Here Are The Safety Ratings for Five Popular Minivans
Vans are often seen as the vanguard of safety. Families turn to minivans for additional cushion when welcoming a new little one to the world, and new drivers are often urged to purchase one of these seemingly safety-centric vehicles. But is a minivan guaranteed to be the safest vehicle on the road?
Tested by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), five commonly purchased minivans were subjected to a small overlap test, meaning 25 percent of the front end of the van struck a rigid object while traveling at 40 mph. Take a look at how they measured up:
#1. Honda Odyssey: The Odyssey’s impressive showing in the overlap test, as well is high marks on other crash test ratings, earned it the distinction of being one of IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ winners.
#2. Toyota Sienna: Following closely behind the Odyssey, the IIHS marked the Sienna’s performance in the overlap test “acceptable.” Although its structural integrity was challenged in the test, its side curtain airbag overcame any insufficiencies and protected the driver.
#3. Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan: These twin minivans received “poor” ratings in the overlap test, both allowing an intrusion of over a foot through the car that could damage the driver’s left leg.
#4. Nissan Quest: The Quest was the least safe minivan tested, allowing an intrusion of almost two feet pinning both legs of the driver.
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