• Apr 18th 2006 at 9:06AM
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Not too long ago there was a time when Kia didn't come time mind when it came to anything, let alone safety. If there is still any doubt, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has new results that may change all that -- they called the new Kia Sedona the best minivan they've tested yet. The Subaru Impreza also got top marks.

Tests conducted by the IIHS also prove what we already knew -- side impact airbags are a good thing. 2006 GM and DaimlerChrysler minivans and the Toyota Prius all tested poorly in side impact crashes without the optional bags, but with the option, the marks were much improved, even vaulting the Prius up to the top rating, "good." The Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Town and Country earned an "acceptable," while GM's minivans (Chevrolet Uplander, Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Saturn Relay) moved up one rating to "marginal."

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised of the results. I always knew, that Korean car could be the most safety one
      • 9 Years Ago
      GM's minivan replacements will be here in Nov. They're called crossovers, such as the Outlook by Saturn, etc.
      • 9 Years Ago
      And the ChryCo vans are 5 years, going on 6 years old and a 100% new platform is coming out soon. The platform the current one sits on dates back to the late 80's early 90's.....
      • 9 Years Ago
      The picture is of a Hyundai Elantra...
      • 9 Years Ago
      This just reinforces my belief that the biggest misstep GM has made in the last 3 or 4 years has been to produce those huge piles of crap that they call minivans. It would be better to just shut those plants down than to have your reputation torn to shreds by some of the worst vehicles on the market today. It is just a shame that I can go to a Chevy dealer and see a beautiful new Tahoe next to an Uplander, or a Saturn dealer and see a Sky next to a Relay. It's just pathetic.
      • 9 Years Ago
      For some people, the Sedona will simply be the best minivan. Aeshetically and in terms of amenities it's half a generation behind the leaders. But it handles the best of any of the large minivans, and includes all of the most important features. Seems safety can now be added to the list.

      My page for the Sedona, with links to price comparisons and a review:
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