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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