Top safety picks for minivans

November 1, 2011: 6:47 AM ET
The Honda Odyssey is among the safest minvans that earned

The Honda Odyssey is among the safest minvans that earned "Top Safety Pick" status in a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Five minivans have earned the top safety rating in a new survey of rollover crash protection, but models from Nissan and Kia fall short.

In a study released today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the models receiving the "Top Safety Pick" award were the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Volkswagen Routan, Honda (HMC) Odyssey and Toyota (TM) Sienna.

The Nissan Quest was rated "acceptable," while the Kia Sedona received a "poor," the lowest-possible rating.

"Safety-conscious parents shopping for a family hauler should be pleased with today's minivan choices," David Zuby, the Institute's chief research officer, said in a statement.

"At the same time, the ratings show that major differences remain in this segment when it comes to protection in a rollover crash."

The vans' rollover protection was measured by pushing a metal plate against one corner of their roofs at a constant speed, the IIHS said. High-performing models had to withstand a force equal to 4 times their weight without caving in 5 inches or more. To top of page

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