The 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan achieved a historic safety milestone becoming the first and only minivan to earn the highest U.S. safety ratings from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under the stiffer testing guidelines.
The Odyssey was recently named a 2011 Top Safety Pick from IIHS, the U.S.-based institute’s highest honour.
The award recognizes vehicles for high performance in front, side and rear crashes, plus rollover performance based on ratings in IIHS tests, as well as having a standard electronic stability control system.
In addition to earning the IIHS designation, the Odyssey also achieve NHTSA’s best-possible rating of five stars.
The newly introduced overall vehicle score is part of the U.S. government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) that is first being applied to 2011 models.
The Odyssey achieved its top score with five-star ratings for the frontal crash safety test and both side crash safety tests in all evaluated front and rear seating positions and scenarios. The Odyssey also received four stars for the rollover rating.