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Safest Minivans for 2012

11/8/2012
Minivans are among the most practical vehicles available, and are popular with families. The following 2012 minivans, listed in alphabetical order, achieved an overall rating of 4 stars or 5 stars (out of 5), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


2012 Chrysler Town & Country
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is equipped with 7 air bags, including a knee air bag for the driver. Additionally, traction control, stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and a reversing camera are standard. All versions except for the base Touring model are equipped with rain-sensing wipers, rear park-assist sensors, automatic high-beam headlights, and a blind-spot monitoring system with Rear Cross-Path Detection. The tire-pressure monitoring display shows individual inflation levels for each tire.

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Ratings


2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is similar to its corporate twin, the Chrysler Town & Country, in terms of safety features. It includes 7 air bags (including a knee air bag for the driver), traction and stability control system, and 4-wheel-disc brakes with brake assist. Options include rain-sensing wipers, rear park-assist sensors, reversing camera, and a blind-spot monitoring system with Rear Cross-Path Detection.

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Ratings



2012 Honda Odyssey
Among the minivans on this list, the 2012 Honda Odyssey is the only one to get both a 5-star crash-test rating from the NHTSA and a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the IIHS. The Odyssey includes 6 standard air bags, traction and stability control system, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist. Honda employs Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) structural design for the Odyssey, which is designed to channel crash energy away from the cabin in the event of an accident. Options include a reversing camera, rear park-assist sensors, and a blind-spot monitoring system.

2012 Honda Odyssey Ratings


2012 Toyota Sienna
The 2012 Toyota Sienna is equipped with 7 air bags, including a knee air bag for the driver. Additionally, Toyota installs traction control, stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and a Smart Stop system that is designed to make it impossible to accelerate with the brake pedal pressed. All Siennas except the base model have a reversing camera. Safety options include a panoramic 180-degree reversing camera system, front and rear park-assist sensors, blind-spot monitoring system, Safety Connect telematics with Automatic Collision Notification service, and a radar-based cruise control system with a Pre-Collision System.

2012 Toyota Sienna Ratings



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