Minivans are popular vehicles among families. But several popular minivans did not fare well in new tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS tested four minivans and found that at least three delivered the worst possible outcomes in small overlap front crashes. The small overlap front crash test helps the researchers understand the consequences when the front corner of a vehicle crashes into another vehicle or a stationary object.
Minivans are constructed on car platforms, notes the IIHS, although they are wider than cars. Much of the minivan protrudes from the main structure, which may partly explain why the minivans struggle with this particular crash test. Below are the minivan crash test ratings.
IISH Minivan Crash Test Results
Only the 2015 Toyota Sienna avoided the ‘Poor’ rating in the small overlap front crash test; it received an ‘Acceptable’ score. The Honda Odyssey, tested last year, earned a ‘Good’ rating. The Sienna and Odyssey received the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ designation.
The other three minivans tested received a ‘Poor’ rating in these tests.
- Nissan Quest
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Dodge Grand Caravan
Each minivan received a score for Structure, Restraints and Kinematics, and Dummy Injury Measures (Head & Neck, Chest, Hip & Thigh, and Lower Leg & Foot). The scores were on a scale of Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor, in that order from best to worst.
The Odyssey scored Good in all categories but Structure, in which it scored Acceptable. The Sienna scored Acceptable in Restraints and Kinematics, Marginal in Structure, and Good in all Dummy Injury Measures.
The Town & Country and Grand Caravan received identical scores. They received scores of Poor in the following.
- Hip and thigh injuries
- Lower leg and foot injury measures
They received a Marginal rating in Restraints & Kinematics, and Good scores for Head & Neck and Chest injury measures.The Quest scored Poor in Structure and the Hip & Thigh and Lower Leg & Foot injury measures, and scored Good in all other categories.
Should I buy a minivan?
Although minivans are iconic family vehicles in the United States, the latest minivan crash test ratings are enough to bring pause to any parent considering one. But the Odyssey and Sienna both not only performed well in the small overlap front crash test, but each received a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS.
When you’re looking for a new vehicle, make a list of all features that are important – good safety ratings should be at the top of any parent’s list. We even creating a list of some safe family vehicles for 2014 that you might find helpful if you’re vehicle shopping.
If you suffer injuries in a minivan accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation. If you ever find yourself dealing with the legal implications of a minivan accident in the Newtown, PA area, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-717-