Three minivans with standard side airbags: the Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest and Honda Odyssey earned the highest rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's first minivan side-impact crash tests. The tests simulate crashes in which S-U-Vs or pickup trucks hit the sides of minivans. These kinds of crashes can occur at intersections when a vehicle runs a red light or stop sign.
In addition, the Sienna and Quest earned the designation of best pick for side crash protection. The Sienna also is a best pick in the Institutes frontal offset test, making it a double best pick for front and side crashworthiness. The Ford Freestar and Mazda M-P-V models without side air bags earned the institute's lowest ranking, or poor, in the crash results. The ratings reflect performance in a side impact crash test in which a moving deformable barrier hits the driver side of a passenger vehicle at 31 miles-per-hour.