Mixed results for new minivan tests

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(WPRI) — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed the results of a recent crash test conducted with three popular minivan car models – the Chrysler Pacifica, the Honda Odessey and the Toyota Sienna.

The tests were conducted to see how the vehicles held up on the front corner of the passenger side.

The Odyssey scored best with a good overall rating. The Pacifica scored an acceptable rating.

Toyota Sienna scored lowest on the performance level with a “marginal” ranking. IIHS said the minivan allowed significant structural damage and resulted in forces consistent with thigh and lower leg injuries. 

“The safety cage collapsed so much that we measured front parts of the vehicle structure moving back toward the passenger dummy as much as than 20 inches,” said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer.

Zuby said the seatbelts and airbags for all three vehicles performed well.


IIHS also tested five minivans to see how easy it was to install car seats using the vehicles’ built-in LATCH hardware – which stand for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.

“It is a system that all cars are required to have on board. It was required to make it easier for parents to install child restraints,” Zuby said. 

Like the crash test, the Honda Odyssey received the highest grade for ease of use.

The Dodge Caravan, Kia Sedona, and Toyota Sienna finished with an acceptable rating.

The Chrysler Pacifica received a marginal rating.

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