The Grand Caravan continues a long string of top safety scores, earning kudos from the feds and from the insurance industry.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Dodge minivan an overall rating of four stars, with an individual five-star rating for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the Caravan's a Top Safety Pick.
Standard equipment includes the mandatory dual front airbags and stability control; the Caravan's curtain airbags extend protection to all three rows of seats.
A bundle of safety options includes parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors and automatic headlights. And thanks to the boxy design and vast greenhouse, outward visibility in the 2012 Grand Caravan is very good.