The Competition Struggles in Minivan Safety Test

The Honda Odyssey is one of only a few minivans to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Award.

The Honda Odyssey is one of only a few minivans to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Award.


The minivans that are competition to the 2015 Honda Odyssey have struggled in the IIHS Crash Tests. Meanwhile, the Odyssey was voted Top Safety Pick Plus.

IIHS announced Thursday that the Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Nisan Quest all received the lowest score of poor in the IIHS small overlap crash test. The Odyssey, though, received the top score of good in the small overlap front crash test.

Small overlap front test simulate what happens when a vehicle’s front corner collides with another car or a utility pole.

“Minivans are popular among parents, a group that tends to be safety conscious, but we’ve only seen two so far that offer decent protection in small overlap crashes,” said IIHS chief research officer David Zuby in a press release.

On the Town and Country, IIHS says the skin on the test dummy’s leg was gouged by the brake pedal, and the left knee skin was torn in two places. Injuries to the left hip, left knee, and left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity.

Meanwhile, the Honda Odyssey received the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Award, with a perfect score in all five road tests. 

  • Small overlap front: Good
  • Moderate overlap front: Good
  • Side: Good
  • Roof Strength: Good
  • Head restraints and seats: Good

It’s been a great week for the Honda. It beat the competition again winning the Best Resale Value Award for 2015. 

So if you’re looking for the safest van that’s also the smartest buy, there’s no reason to consider anything else. Waikem Honda in Massillon has a number of great Odyssey vans to choose from now, so the bring the entire family in to see how peace of mind can be so affordable.


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