The 2014 Honda Odyssey is the first minivan to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Rating.
The recent released updated van outperformed the competition, including the Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Town and Country. The 2014 Honda Odyssey was also the first minivan to earn the top score of “good” in the new Small Overlap Front Test. To earn the Top Safety Pick Plus Rating, a vehicle much score high on this recently added test.
The small overlap front test replicates what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. Overall, the Odyssey scores Good on all four IIHS crash tests: Moderate Overlap Front Tests, Side Impact Tests, Roof Strength Tests, along with the small overlap front tests.
In summarizing the crash test, IIHS said the following:
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.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey features the new Advanced Compatibiltiy Engineering body structure. The next-generation ACE™ body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.
While Honda has made structural improvements to the 2014 Odyssey, Honda also has applied a new type of side curtain airbag that includes a front chamber design providing additional protection in situations where occupants move in a more angled outboard trajectory, such as those that occur in oblique or offset crashes.
“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. “Honda’s goal is to continuously advance the safety performance of every Honda vehicle to fulfill the trust our customers place in the Honda brand.”
The 2014 Honda Odyssey hit the dealership this summer. Fuel economy improved to 19 city and 28 highway, an increase over last year’s rating. One of their its best features is the all-new Honda Vac vacuum in the backseat of the Touring option. Read our review to see how much easier it will be to clean up after the messy kids.