Chrysler’s Pacifica nails the first minivan 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award image

The 2017 model year Chrysler Pacifica family hauler has been granted a rating of Top Safety Pick+ for 2016 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The van nailed overall good” ratings for crashworthiness, and IIHS points out that “the frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head [of the driver] from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.” Chrysler has commended its Pacifica model for the award, explaining the rating is also coming from the material choice that contributed as a key factor – 72 percent of its body structure is made out of high-strength steels, while 38 percent of those are Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS).

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The Town & Country successor also has a great Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system, called here the Forward Collision Warning-Plus – which got the “superior” rating from IIHS, the highest possible grade for the technology. The system makes use of the so-called sensor-fusion technology, which blends the “particular attributes of radar sensors and cameras for greater precision” and triggers the appropriate response when “camera and radar agree that a frontal impact appears imminent.”