Honda, Toyota Minivans Score Five-Star Safety Ratings

Honda, Toyota Minivans Score Five-Star Safety Ratings

Honda and Toyota both topped the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash test ratings, earning five stars.

This is the 14th consecutive year that the Honda minivan earned a top safety rating from the NHTSA. That rating makes the Odyssey the only minivan to earn both a five-star rating from NHTSA and a “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

But the Toyota Sienna also scored a five-star rating from NHTSA and returned “good” results during all of the tests conducted by the IIHS. In fact, the two returned almost identical scores. The key difference is that Honda’s Odyssey registers on a new portion of the IIHS tests that rates crash mitigation technology by meeting the NHTSA’s criteria for a forward collision warning system.

Honda also highlighted its new ACE body structure today that it credits with helping the vehicle to achieve an overall “good” rating in the IIHS’ small overlap crash test. Currently, it is the only vehicle in its class to earn the designation. That might have as much to do with the fact that several others including the Toyota Sienna and Dodge Grand Caravan haven’t been rated by the IIHS in that category yet.

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