The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the safest minivan on the road, according to the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The new minivan, assembled at Fiat Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, was the only vehicle in the segment to earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating.
To achieve that, a vehicle must earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests and an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention. The Pacifica's ranking was due to its automatic emergency braking and a number of onboard cameras and sensors.
Of the seven current models the IIHS tested, only the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona earned Top Safety Pick honours. They received “basic” ratings for front crash prevention.
Three of the seven models were from FCA, but the company’s two other minivans didn’t fare as well.
The 2016 Chrysler Town and Country, which the Pacifica is to replace, and 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan, which FCA said it will eventually kill even though it’s still popular among Canadians, both received a “poor” rating in the small overlap front crash test.