Looking for a minivan? If so, may we suggest you turn your attention to the 2017 Kia Sedona? It has been rated Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
To earn this coveted ranking, the Sedona had to perform well in six separate IIHS crash tests. Four of them have been in place for some time: the moderate front, side and roof strength overlap tests, as well as the head restraints and seats test. On each of these, the Sedona earned the highest rating of “good” from the IIHS.
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It also received a “good” rating in the more recent and more difficult front straddle test, which mimics a vehicle hitting a narrow object like a tree or lamp post. Plenty of otherwise rugged vehicles struggled with this test — in the minivan category, which includes the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Nissan Quest — but the Sedona prevailed.
These scores qualified the Sedona for the Top Safety Pick rating, but to earn the all-important “+”, the Sedona also had to pass the tests involving its optional front crash prevention system. In tests at 20 and 40 km/h, the Sedona managed to avoid collisions, which earned it a “superior” rating.
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Of the minivans currently on sale that the IIHS has tested, the Sedona leads the pack. The only other Top Safety Pick+ in the field is the Chrysler Pacifica – although it’s worth noting that the Pacifica’s child seat anchorages haven’t performed as well as the Sedona’s.
To view other IIHS minivan rankings, click here.
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