When it comes to choosing a family car, parents tend to prioritize safety over anything else. But how can a parent really know if the car they are choosing will keep their kids safe in the event of a crash or emergency? There’s no perfect way to know but one of the best ways to assess the safety of a car is through crash tests, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives reliable ratings based on how cars perform when they are driven into a wall at high speeds.
Consumer Reports shared the latest crash test ratings from the IIHS, as they released their safety evaluations of three major models of minivans: the Chrysler Pacifica, the Toyota Sienna, and the Honda Odyssey. And according to the report, one of the vans managed to perform well in their crash test but the other two models failed to impress and could pose possible safety risks to families.
So which minivan was declared the safest by the IIHS? According to the report, Honda Odyssey was the clear winner, as it earned a Good rating, the highest of the four possible ratings handed out by the IIHS, along with Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor. The Odyssey received praised for its driver- and passenger-side protection, along with having seatbelts that make it easy for parents to secure their child’s car seat.
While the Odyssey passed its crash test with flying colors, the Sienna and Pacifica both struggled a bit in their evaluations. Of the two, Pacifica performed better, as it earned an Acceptable rating from the IIHS. The Chrysler minivan earned solid marks across the board but the van’s structure was only given a marginal rating, which hurt its overall score. As for the Sienna, it received a Poor grade primarily due to its lack of passenger-side protection, as well as posing a risk of leg injuries for passengers in the event of a crash.