Honda Odyssey is first minivan to earn the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+
ARLINGTON, Va. - The 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan earns the Institute's
top safety designation for good performance in all five IIHS crash
evaluations, including the challenging small overlap front test. The
Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on
performance in the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side,
rollover and rear crash evaluations.
The 2014 Odyssey is the first minivan the Institute has evaluated in
the small overlap front test. Honda asked the Institute to test the
Odyssey to highlight structural changes the automaker made to improve
occupant protection in a small overlap front crash. When the Institute
conducts a test at a manufacturer's request, the automaker reimburses
IIHS for the cost of the vehicle.
Honda introduced the upgraded Odyssey as a 2014 model. While there are
no major styling changes, the new model has advanced high-strength
steel in the front door frames, floor pan and front wheel wells for a
more rigid occupant compartment. The side curtain airbags extend
farther forward to offer comprehensive head protection in both a side
crash and a small overlap front crash. Even with these modifications,
the Odyssey's weight didn't change much because Honda engineers were
able to reduce weight elsewhere to compensate for the strengthened
"Safety is high on the list for parents when it comes to shopping
for a family vehicle," says Institute President Adrian Lund.
"Consumers look for models with the highest safety ratings. Honda
is ahead of many of its competitors in building state-of-the-art
crashworthiness into its vehicles."
Honda and Acura brands have earned six TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards among
20 current models that the Institute has rated. They are the Honda
Accord 2-door and 4-door, Civic 2-door and 4-door, Odyssey and Acura
TL. Winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in 4 of 5
evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test.
The Institute added the small overlap test to its lineup of vehicle
safety evaluations last year. It replicates what happens when the
front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a
tree or a utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle's front
end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph.
A 50th percentile male Hybrid III dummy is belted in the driver seat.
In the Odyssey test, the driver's space was maintained reasonably
well. Injury measures on the dummy indicated a low risk of injury in a
crash of this severity. Because the structure helped keep the steering
column stable, the front airbag stayed in front of the driver dummy
during the crash to provide good protection. The side curtain airbag
deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from
contact with the side structure and outside objects.