2011 Honda Odyssey Achieves Good Safety Ratings from IIHS and NHTSA

By Automotive Staff | May 05, 2011
The newly redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey has recently been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the news is good. Honda's 2011 Odyssey has the automaker's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, designed to distribute crash energy evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. The Odyssey also features three-row side curtain airbags on EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite trims. There are also multiple-threshold front airbags, as well as front driver and passenger airbags are standard. The Odyssey seats seven or eight people depending on the trim level. For the 2011 model year, the NHTSA made more stringent their safety standards, but the Odyssey still earned an overall five-star rating. The rollover rating was four stars. For comparison, the 2011 Toyota Sienna in front- and all-wheel drive is rated an overall four stars. The IIHS called the Odyssey a Top Safety Pick. Vehicles with that distinction most earn a "good" rating in the front, side, rear, and rollover tests. The Toyota Sienna and Ford Flex crossover – essentially a minivan alternative – are each Top Safety Picks. Each of those vehicles offers a V-6 and front-wheel drive. So Honda covers the passive safety front, but what about active safety? Some might suggest that a clumsy and heavy vehicle is not as safe as one that can avoid an accident altogether. Brake rotors on the 2011 Odyssey have been increased in size by one inch. When tested by Motor Trend magazine, the 2011 Odyssey cornered with less roll than a Toyota Sienna. By Zach Gale