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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset and side impact
Five stars, front impact and side impact; four stars, rollover resistance
rear visibility is hindered by large headrests and thick roof pillars
Key to the Odyssey's popularity has been its reputation for safety
For minivan shoppers, safety typically enjoys a higher priority in the shopping process. The 2010 Honda Odyssey doesn't miss a single mark here; whether in terms of top features or great crash-test results, the Odyssey has it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Odyssey top scores 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) awards top "good" ratings to the Odyssey in each of its categories.
Cars.com confirms the abundance of safety equipment on the 2010 Odyssey: "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 "2009 model adds active front seat head restraints and daytime running lights as standard equipment."
For 2010, it appears that Honda has discontinued the formerly offered PAX run-flat tires—possibly because of issues with road noise.
To help avoid low-speed accidents in parking lots and driveways, the 2010 Honda Odyssey Touring model includes a front- and rear-obstacle-detection system. That might be necessary, as visibility isn't so great. ConsumerGuide says "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."
With top crash-test results and all the desired safety features standard, the 2010 Honda Odyssey almost achieves safety perfection.