It's not quite the safest minivan in the segment, but the Dodge Grand Caravan earns excellent scores from both reporting crash-test agencies.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the Grand Caravan's a Top Safety Pick, since it earns "good" scores for front, side, and roof-strength tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), meanwhile, rates the Dodge minivan at four stars overall, with a four-star score for front-impact protection and rollover resistance, and a five-star rating for side-impact protection.
The Grand Caravan is outdone only by the Honda Odyssey, which earns five stars from the NHTSA.
Standard equipment includes the mandatory dual front airbags and stability control; the Caravan's curtain airbags extend protection to all three rows of seats. The stability control system now includes trailer sway control, which applies anti-lock braking to selected wheels to correct against motions induced by towed vehicles.
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 Grand Caravan is very good.