The 2013 Honda Odyssey has a bragging right that may be enough to sway many safety-minded family shoppers: It's one of the few large vehicles to achieve top ratings from both U.S. safety agencies.
In the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the Odyssey has achieved top five-star results in every crash-test category, while it also earns top 'good' ratings in every category of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing (although it hasn't yet been tested in the new small-overlap frontal test). It earned IIHS Top Safety Pick status last year and is expected to retain that accolade.
The Odyssey includes the expected safety features, such as stability control, anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front side airbags, and full-length side curtains, but what makes it a standout is that it offers a a class-leading six child-seat tether locations and five LATCH locations (the official clips). What that means is that you can fit up to five child seats in some cases--or up to four seats of any kind.
Both handling and outward visibility are at the front of its class, we think, and they're both attributes that might help avoid an accident. And for 2013, a rearview camera system is newly standard on all Odyssey trims.