GM, Honda, MINI: Five New Additions To IIHS 2011 Top Safety Picks Page 2

March 18, 2011

Acadia’s rollover sensing system can preemptively activate the head curtain side airbags if sensors determine that a rollover is imminent. In the event of a rollover, Acadia’s airbags stay inflated longer and work together with the vehicle’s safety belt pretensioners to help protect passengers.

An eight-passenger SUV, the 2011 GMC Acadia has class-leading cargo space of 24.1 cubic feet with all seats in use. Front-wheel drive and AWD models are available.

Also check out Nelson Ireson’s story on IIHS Top Safety Picks here.

2011 Honda Odyssey

While the 2011 Toyota Sienna owned the minivan perch for Top Safety Pick when the IIHS first announced the 2011 list, the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey is now ranked in the elite echelon thanks to Odyssey earning its top rating of “Good” due to roof strength. In fact, the 2011 Honda Odyssey withstood a force more than five times the car’s weight.

Standard active safety features on the 2011 Honda Odyssey, with seating for up to eight passengers,  include ABS with electronic brake distribution – which helps the driver retain steering control during hard braking, and vehicle stability assist with traction control – which helps detect and correct vehicle oversteer and understeer. ABS, three-row side curtain airbags, and tire pressure monitoring system are other standard Odyssey safety technologies.

In terms of child safety, the 2011 Honda Odyssey features a second row (which can be widened) allowing for more car seats. There are three sets of LATCH connectors in the second row and five in total.

In addition, the 2011 Honda Odyssey recently earned a five-star (best possible) overall score in the NHTSA’s NCAP testing.

See why TheCarConnection editors give the 2011 Honda Odyssey an 8.2 (out of 10) overall rating in this review.

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

Announced a few days earlier than the GM SUVs and Honda Odyssey minivan, the announcement that the 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman, a new crossover from MINI,  made the list of IIHS Top Safety Picks for this model year is good news to MINI fans everywhere. This marks the first time any MINI has made the IIHS Top Safety Pick list. It’s also the second model from the BMW Group (the other being the 2011 BMW 5-Series) to achieve the top award since the IIHS tightened its “Good” criteria to include roof strength performance in rollover crash testing. Like the Honda Odyssey, the MINI Cooper Countryman withstood a force equal to nearly five times the car’s weight. Both FWD and AWD versions of the 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman perform the same relative to crash behavior tested by the IIHS.

Standard safety equipment on the 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman includes seven airbags, three-point inertia-reel seat belts for all occupants, with belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters in the front and LATCH child seat fasteners in the rear. Dynamic stability control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, cornering brake control, brake assist, hill start assist, and runflat tires are also standard.

Read TheCarConnection review of the 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman here.

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