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If safety is your main concern, you should consider the ratings, opinions and test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the independent Web site informedforlife.org.

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Kia SedonaIIHS Top Safety Pick

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Both the short- and long-wheelbase versions of the Kia Sedona fared well in crash tests. In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, both versions of the Sedona received five stars for all front and side impact tests and a four-star rollover rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a Top Safety Pick and rated it the highest rank of "good" in its front and side impact tests for both wheelbases. Standard safety features include front and side-impact airbags for front seat occupants, side-curtain airbags for all three rows, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control. A warning system when driving in reverse is available. Go »
Honda OdysseyIIHS Top Safety Pick

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Honda has built its Odyssey minivan with safety in mind, and it shows. Recognized as a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the group rated it "good," the highest rank, in front-, side- and rear-impact tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also rated it five stars in all front- and side-impact tests and gave it a four-star rollover rating. Standard safety features include front- and side-impact airbags for front seat occupants, side-curtain airbags for all three rows, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control and active front head restraints. Go »
Volkswagen Routan5 stars for front and side impact

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Introduced as a 2009 model, the Volkswagen Routan scores well in crash tests. This cousin to the Chrysler Town & Country and its Dodge Grand Caravan sibling received five stars for all front- and side-impact tests and a four-star rollover rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated it "good," its highest score, in both front- and side-impact tests, though it received a "marginal" rating in rear-impact tests. Standard safety features include side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Go »
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