The IIHS award follows a near-perfect score with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Beginning with 2011 models, the NHTSA introduced tougher tests and a new 5-Star Safety Rating system that includes an overall grade. The object was to provide more information about vehicle safety for consumers.
The NHTSA continues to make its way through a backlog of 2011 models that are now being tested under the more stringent system. The newly redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey was just tested and received a perfect five star rating in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the tough rollover test. The Odyssey’s overall score is a perfect five stars.
Only two vehicles have achieved perfect test results under the new NHTSA crash test system: the Honda Accord and Kia Optima. Under the old system, it was common for almost all vehicles to score well. The new system compares vehicles in the same class against each other, resulting in a wider range of scores.
The Honda Odyssey has been a perennial favorite in the minivan market since its introduction to the U.S. in 1994. The redesigned 2011 model is the fourth generation of this popular minivan.
According to Bengt Halvorson with TheCarConnection.com, “The 2011 Honda Odyssey remains the best-handling of the minivans, with some of the most innovative seating configurations and entertainment features, but it's also the priciest.” You can read his complete review here.
The Honda Odyssey may be pricey, but for car buyers who want a stylish minivan with a wide range of features—and one of the highest safety ratings in its class—the Honda Odyssey remains at the top of their list.