The change of SUVs to smaller unibody builds and designs has brought us full circle when it comes to the minivan. Even though these vehicles have only been around for a short period of time compared to the entire automotive market, they are quickly disappearing from the market, but there are still some that make a great choice. The benefit to a minivan is the fact these vehicles are made for the family in a way no others are. Nothing else is made to handle every need you could have and give you added storage in places you might have not thought to put it.
Minivans have for many years been the vehicle of choice for growing families to offer the security of the safety offered for all rows of seats. We have all felt safe and secure on the road in a minivan knowing these vehicles were built to help keep our loved ones secure in case of a collision and offer the features needed to help avoid possible damage with on board warning and signals to let us know we might be heading into a dangerous place with the van. What if the feeling of security was taken away from the minivan?
In recent months the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested four minivans in the small overlap front crash test with some very disturbing results. For the vehicles we have all utilized for decades as the right and safe family hauler, four minivans were tested and all four performed fairly poorly in the test. In fact, three of the four were rated at poor rating and the four gained and acceptable rating, but for a vehicle that is meant to carry the precious cargo of the future of our families even an acceptable rating is just not good enough.