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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars, front impact and side impact; four stars, rollover resistance
Good," frontal offset and side impact
A tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all trim levels
Almost more than in any other segment, consumers in the minivan market are concerned with safety, and the 2008 Honda Odyssey doesn’t disappoint.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Odyssey top marks for crash safety, granting it five out of five stars in front impact and side impact protection, and four stars for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) grants a "good" rating for frontal offset crash tests to the Honda Odyssey; 2008 models receive the same rating for side impact test results.
Standard safety gear is abundant on the 2008 Honda Odyssey, as confirmed by Cars.com: "Side-impact and three-row side curtain airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, and traction control are standard, as is an electronic stability system." Additionally, Motor Trend notices the "2008 model adds active front seat head restraints and daytime running lights as standard equipment." On the Honda Odyssey, 2008 buyers can also get a unique option, according to Edmunds: "For the Touring trim, Honda offers Michelin PAX run-flat tires, a technology that allows punctured tires to be driven on for more than 100 miles." Edmunds has a complaint about the unusual run-flats, however, noting that the high-tech tires "typically cannot be repaired when a puncture does occur."
Some optional safety gear is also available on the 2008 Honda Odyssey for purchasers of the Touring model, as ConsumerGuide remarks they will gain a "Front- and rear-obstacle-detection system." Cars.com provides another reason for consumers to upgrade their Honda Odyssey, 2008 to the Touring: "A tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all trim levels, though Touring models get a more advanced system."
As for visibility in the Honda Odyssey, ConsumerGuide reports that "rear visibility is hindered by large headrests and thick roof pillars," though the optional "rearview camera and front and rear park assist help in close-quarters maneuvering."
The 2008 Honda Odyssey offers a myriad of standard and optional safety equipment, and performs well in crash tests.