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Toyota Sienna Receives Poor Crash Test Rating

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August 16, 2018—The Toyota Sienna received a poor rating while the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica both captured solid overall ratings in the latest crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2018 and 2019 model year minivans, reported The Detroit Free Press.

Both the Odyssey and the Pacifica qualify as 2018 Top Safety Picks, according to the institute. The Odyssey had the best total rating, followed by the Pacifica, which overcame a marginal rating for structure, because sensors indicated a low risk of injury, according to the report.

The passenger-side small overlap front crash test, which the institute began using last year, evaluates what happens when the front corner of the passenger-side strikes a stationary object, such as a tree or utility pole, according to the institute. The tests measure the impact of a crash when a vehicle is traveling at 40 mph.

The Sienna received a poor rating for structure, which allowed "as much as 20 inches of intrusion in the lower occupant compartment and more than 16 inches of intrusion at the dashboard."

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