In a recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, three 2018 model minivans were crash-tested. Despite being similar vehicles, the minivans scored significantly different in the Institute’s passenger-side small overlap front crash test.
The Chrysler Pacifica was rated “acceptable,” thus beating the “marginal” rating of the Toyota Sienna. The Honda Odyssey, on the other hand, scored the best among the three, with a “good” rating.
The IIHS first began testing passenger-side small overlap crashes last year. The test simulates when an average-sized male seated in the passenger seat collides with another vehicle or object in the vehicle’s front right corner, traveling at 40 mph. This crash test challenges safety belt and airbag designs on the vehicle’s passenger side, which has been historically neglected by designers.
Chrysler introduced the Pacifica for the 2017 model year with upgraded protections in small overlap front crashes on both the driver and passenger sides. These improvements began with 2017 models built after August 2016.
The Pacifica’s passenger-side rating is based on two crash tests, one by the IIHS and the other by FCA as part of the IIHS frontal crash test verification program. The IIHS named both the Chrysler Pacifica, along with the Honda Odyssey 2018 Top Safety Picks. Both vehicles earned their high ratings for front crash prevention and acceptable-rated headlights.