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IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test Reveals Disappointing Results for Minivans

Posted on November 20, 2014

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released the results its small-overlap crash test of three popular minivans (IIHS Press Release here). The small-overlap test is increasingly relevant as distracted driving is on the rise, leading to an increase in these type of crashes (to gain a better understanding of this test, see Car Match’s prior article re: auto safety / crash testing here). The results were “dire” according to the IIHS, with only the just redesigned Toyota Sienna earning an “Acceptable” rating. In a previous test, the 2014 Honda Odyssey managed a “Good” rating – the only minivan to do so. The Chrysler Town & Country (and its platform-mate, the Dodge Caravan) and Nissan Quest managed only a “Poor” rating, which suggests a high likelihood of serious injury. Previously, the Mazda5 minivan also earned a “Poor” rating. Although many consumers believe government regulations ensure a safe car, there is still clearly a sizable safety gap between various models. If you would like to be advised about which models offer the very best safety while meeting your other needs and requirements, visit us at Car Match Car Buying Advice.

The chart above shows results from the IIHS’ small overlap crash test of all currently available minivan models.

The chart above shows results from the IIHS’ small overlap crash test of all currently available minivan models.

The chart above shows the results for all currently available minivans in all of the IIHS' crash tests.

The chart above shows the results for all currently available minivans in all of the IIHS’ crash tests.

Below are some pictures of the Chrysler Town & Country and Nissan Quest taken from this crash test series.

Chrysler T&C Small Overlap

Chrysler T&C Small Overlap Intrusion

Chrysler T&C Small Overlap Action Impact

Nissan Quest Small Overalap Impact Action

Nissan Quest Small Overlap Result

Nissan Quest Small Overlap Interior

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