2014 Honda Odyssey Earns Top Marks in Tough New Crash Test | Edmunds

2014 Honda Odyssey Earns Top Marks in Tough New Crash Test


Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Honda Odyssey received the top rating on a tough new crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and becomes the only minivan to win Top Safety Pick+ honors from the IIHS.
  • The Odyssey earned a "good" rating on the small overlap crash test, due to a strengthened steel frame and modified side curtain airbags.
  • "Honda's commitment to safety is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that we achieved this high standard in a mid-cycle refresh of the 2014 Honda Odyssey," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda Motor Co.

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The 2014 Honda Odyssey received the top rating on a tough new crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and becomes the only minivan to win Top Safety Pick+ honors from the IIHS.

The Odyssey earned a "good" rating on the small overlap crash test, due to a strengthened steel frame and modified side curtain airbags. The designation makes the Odyssey stand out from its competitors, including the Chrysler Town & Country, Kia Sedona, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.

"Safety is high on the list for parents when it comes to shopping for a family vehicle," said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a statement. "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."

The 2014 Honda Odyssey has not yet been rated in crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA has not rated the 2014 Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest or Kia Sedona either. The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country earned four out of five stars in crash tests by NHTSA.

"Honda's commitment to safety is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that we achieved this high standard in a midcycle refresh of the 2014 Honda Odyssey," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda Motor Co.

The 2014 Odyssey earned its top safety designation for good performance in all five IIHS crash evaluations, including the challenging small overlap front test. This test simulates what happens when the left front corner of a vehicle hits an object such as a car, a tree or a pole.

"The 2014 Odyssey is the first minivan the Institute has evaluated in the small overlap front test," said the IIHS in a statement on Thursday. "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."

The upgrades to the Odyssey include advanced high-strength steel in the front door frames, floor pan and front wheelwells for a more rigid occupant compartment. The side curtain airbags extend farther forward to offer better head protection in a side crash and small overlap front crash.

Edmunds says: Kudos to Honda for this win, which should put the 2014 Honda Odyssey at the top of many shopping lists.

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