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outward visibility has improved thanks to the "Lightning Bolt" design.
Assuming no kiddie chairs are in the way, passage to the rearmost bench has been widened by an inch.
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Honda has fitted new dampers and softer rear bushings to give the 2011 Odyssey a more compliant ride
In addition to top five-star results from the federal government and the IIHS in all crash tests, the Odyssey was an IIHS Top Safety Pick and has a great record for occupant protection. Its great handling also likely helps it avoid accidents.
Honda claims a class-leading six tether locations and five LATCH locations—the latter are the official clips for child seats. Officially, you can fit four child seats of any kind—two in both outboard positions of the second and third rows. But if they're narrow enough, you can mount three across in the second row and two in the third—for a capacity of five child seats. And that's really two more than most other minivans and SUVs.
The new Odyssey includes Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (stability control) system and anti-lock brakes, plus driver and front passenger side airbags and three-row side-curtain bags. In front, there are active headrests.
There's no indication that the 2011 Honda Odyssey won't continue Honda's high ranking with respect to safety.