Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

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

Find Your Next Car

Get the latest car news:

  • -->