In all the automotive world, there are not too many vehicles that can claim the safety standards of minivans. They are built to be family vehicles; as such, they are supposed to have extremely high safety standards. But there are still those few who are worthy of being called the best safest minivans; the crème de la crème. These are the vehicles you can feel most secure about driving the kids to soccer, football, baseball and school functions. These are the vehicles that can give added security on long road trips and family vacations. These are the best safest minivans.
When it comes to minivan safety and value, it doesn’t get much better than the Odyssey. It earned a perfect five stars in all front and side government crash tests for both passengers and driver. It was also ranked “good” for both frontal-offset and side-impact collisions by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Add to it the facts that it can easily haul seven passengers or, if the need to haul arises, the second-row seats can be removed, expanding cargo space to a whopping 147 cubic feet, and you’ve got the best, safest minivan on the road. (www.edmunds.com, www.consumerreports.org)
The only thing keeping the Sienna in the Number 2 spot on the list is the frontal-impact test for the driver. It is the only test in which the minivan scored four out of five stars. It rated five stars in all front and side-impact tests for passengers and rated “good” (the highest score possible) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It includes a full complement of airbags throughout, as well as stability and traction control. Parking assist is available as an option, but only on the XLE model. If you choose to go with the navigation system, you’ll also get the rearview parking camera. (www.edmunds.com, www.kbb.com, www.consumerreports.org)
3. 2008-2011 Chrysler Town & Country New Model MSRP: $26,025
The Town & Country is another animal that scored perfect in all government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests. It is only the shoddy build quality that keeps it low on the list. The rear Swivel ‘n Go seats have integrated child booster seats, a mandatory law for many children up to 75 pounds, depending on the state you live in. If you opt for the Security Group option, you’ll get added rear parking sensors as well as a blind spot monitoring system and Rear Cross Path which aids the driver in warning of crossing traffic coming from either direction when backing. (www.edmunds.com, www.consumerreports.org)
4. 2008-2011New Model MSRP: $22,195
Loaded with airbags on all sides and front for both passenger and driver, as well as antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, and active front head restraints, the Sedona cleared the board with perfect safety test scores in all government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The cabin has a very basic design, however, and is somewhat bland compared to competitors. The Sedona provides a comfortable ride but is susceptible to body roll on tight corners. It is a minivan, however, so this should be expected to a point. Cargo space can be enlarged to an enormous 142 cubic feet with seatbacks removed, making it one of the most versatile minivans for the low price. (www.edmunds.com, www.consumerreports.org)