None of the four minivans tested by IIHS earns an acceptable or good rating in the updated moderate overlap front crash test, which emphasizes protection for passengers in the back seat. The Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Carnival and Toyota Sienna are rated marginal, while the Honda Odyssey is rated poor.
“Back seat safety is important for all vehicles, but it’s especially vital for those, like minivans, that customers are choosing specifically to transport their families,” said IIHS President David Harkey. “It’s disappointing that automakers haven’t acted faster to apply the best available technology to the second row in this vehicle class.”
All four minivans provide good protection in the front seat. But each is plagued by multiple issues when it comes to the second row.