It received a Superior score from IIHS in collision avoidance.

Minivans aren’t necessarily glamorous. And when it comes to news, crash rating reports from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety aren’t nearly as exciting as new model launches, or viral videos of people doing dumb things with cars. Combined, however, such things are extraordinarily important to know, which is why you should care that the 2018 Honda Odyssey has earned the highest safety ratings from both organizations mentioned above.

 

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Specifically, the minivan received a five-star overall rating from NHTSA, and the Top Safety Pick + from IIHS. There is one caveat, however, for the IIHS rating – the Odyssey must be equipped with LED headlights and Honda Sensing, which the automaker offers as standard equipment on the Odyssey EX and higher trim levels for 2018. Honda Sensing is a suite of safety and driver assist tech that includes lane assist and departure warnings, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and automatic braking, among others.

Thanks to this system, the Odyssey earned a Superior IIHS rating for collision avoidance, while capturing Good ratings in other areas. Honda says 99 percent of new Odyssey sales include EX trim levels or higher.

For the NHTSA tests, the Odyssey earned five-star ratings for both front and side impacts, with a four-star rating for rollovers.

"Odyssey was designed to keep everyone in the family happy, and helping to keep everyone safer is a crucial part of that mission," said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. "Honda's goal of reaching a collision-free society includes safety improvements for each new generation of Odyssey without having to sacrifice minivan-first technologies like available Magic Slide SeatTM, which consumers have come to love."

Despite the growing crossover market, hundreds of thousands of people still purchase new minivans each year. With the minivan’s primary job being the safe transportation of families large and small, earning top scores certainly adds to the Odyssey’s appeal as an exceptional family vehicle.

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2018 HONDA ODYSSEY ACHIEVES HIGHEST SAFETY RATINGS FROM IIHS AND NHTSA

 

  • IIHS recognizes Odyssey with a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating
  • Odyssey earns 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA
  • Industry-leading Honda Sensing® technology standard on EX and above trims

The 2018 Honda Odyssey has continued its longstanding safety leadership by earning the highest safety ratings of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Odyssey earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with available Honda Sensing® and LED headlights. Honda Sensing is now standard on EX and above trims, accounting for 99 percent of 2018 Odyssey sales1.

"Odyssey was designed to keep everyone in the family happy, and helping to keep everyone safer is a crucial part of that mission," said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. "Honda's goal of reaching a collision-free society includes safety improvements for each new generation of Odyssey without having to sacrifice minivan-first technologies like available Magic Slide SeatTM, which consumers have come to love."

The model earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating as a result of scores on crashworthiness tests, earning GOOD ratings across the board, and with the help of two additions for the 2018 model year: available Honda Sensing and LED headlights. The Collision Mitigation Braking System™ in the new Odyssey, which is included in the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, earned a SUPERIOR rating as a result of its performance in IIHS collision avoidance tests. In track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, an Odyssey equipped with Honda Sensing avoided the collisions. The Odyssey Elite and Touring trims, accounting for 42 percent of 2018 Odyssey sales1, earn an ACCEPTABLE rating for their LED reflector headlights. The two trims include high-beam assist, a feature that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.

To earn the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn a rating of GOOD in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system with an ADVANCED or SUPERIOR rating and headlights that earn an ACCEPTABLE or GOOD rating.

The Odyssey achieved a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) by scoring 5 stars in the frontal crash tests for driver and passenger, 5 stars for side crash tests for both front and rear seats and pole, and 4 stars in the rollover test. 

Honda vehicles offer a broad range of active and passive safety features, including Honda Sensing, which can help drivers avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. There are more than 500,000 vehicles equipped with Honda Sensing on U.S. roads today. Honda Sensing is available on the Civic, Fit, HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Ridgeline and Odyssey, and standard on the Clarity series and the soon to be available 2018 Accord. Honda Sensing is part of the pathway for the company's goal to introduce vehicles with highly automated driving capability in most driving situations (SAE Level 4). This goal builds upon earlier-announced plans for Honda vehicles to have highly automated freeway driving capability (SAE Level 3) by 2020. These are critical steps in Honda's commitment to contribute to a collision-free society.

Honda Sensing technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). All 2017 Honda models come equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment. Additional standard safety equipment on all Honda models include Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); advanced front airbags; and front side airbags.