Are all Minivans the same?


The IIHS, or better known  as  the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,  has four ratings with regards to vehicles.  They are:  Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor.  During crashes, some minivans fare better than others at protecting passenger-side occupants.


Three minivans were tested:  Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica, and the Toyota Sienna.


After being tested for driver and passenger side protection, the Honda Odyssey earned a Good rating.  The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)  car seat anchors in the Honda Odyssey received top scores.


The Chrysler Pacifica earned an Acceptable rating.  Although the van’s structure was rated marginal for potential risk on the passenger’s side, it received a Good overall for small-overlap front crash. As far as the LATCH is concerned, it was rated Marginal.


The Toyota Sienna received the worst score of the three minivans tested, and was only given a Poor for the passenger side.  The driver’s side was rated Acceptable.



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