Five minivans earned the "Top Safety Pick" award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in new tests that included evaluations for rollover protection.
The five 2012 models are the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Volkswagen Routan, which all share a common structure, as well as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. To qualify for the award, vehicles must score the highest rating of good for frontal, side, rollover and rear crash protection and must have electronic stability control.
Two other minivans, the Kia Sedona and the Nissan Quest, fell short on rollover protection, with the Sedona receiving a poor rating, and the Quest ranking as acceptable, the institute said.
"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 press statement. "At the same time, the ratings show that major differences remain in this segment when it comes to protection in a rollover crash."