What Are the Safest Minivans for 2018?

What Are the Safest Minivans for 2018?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has put three of the most up-to-date minivans on sale today through its various crash safety tests. 

The Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna were all recently tested by the safety watchdog group, with the Odyssey coming out on top. The Odyssey performed the best of the three vans in the IIHS’ demanding Small Overlap Front test, receiving a rating of ‘Good’. The Pacifica received an ‘Acceptable’ rating in Small Overlap Front testing, while the Sienna had the lowest rating of ‘Marginal’.

The Odyssey’s body structure received a ‘Good’ rating, higher than the Pacifica, which received a structure rating of ‘Acceptable’. The Sienna, meanwhile, had a body structure rating of ‘Poor’ as it allowed 20 inches of intrusion during passenger side impact collision testing. “The intruding structure crumpled around the test dummy’s legs,” the IIHS said of the Sienna. “A real right front passenger would sustain possible injuries to the right hip and lower leg in a crash of this severity.”

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Because many minivans will be used as family vehicles, the IIHS also conducted extensive testing on the vehicle’s Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) restraint systems. It’s easy for users to be confused by the LATCH systems, so the IIHS rates them based on ease of use. The top rating of ‘Good+’ is reserved for LATCH systems that provide additional seating positions with easy-to-use LATCH hardware. The Odyssey received the best possible ‘Good+’ rating, with the Sienna receiving an ‘Acceptable’ rating and the Pacifica a ‘Marginal’ rating.

The Odyssey and Pacifica qualified for the IIHS coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating, but the ageing Sienna missed out – getting an overall rating of ‘Marginal.’

Hear what the IIHS had to say about its 2018 minivan safety tests in the video embedded above.