The 2014 Honda Odyssey may have only appeared on showroom floors a short time ago, but it’s already picking up accolades. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced that the 2014 Honda Odyssey has earned the right to be called a 2013 Top Safety Pick +. Perhaps one of the most important yearly awards a vehicle can take home is the Top Safety Pick + award. Adding to that, the 2014 Honda Odyssey is the first minivan to earn a Top Safety Pick + rating.
To be named a Top Safety Pick +, the vehicle has to earn an overall rating of “good” in the IIHS’s small overlap frontal crash test. The small overlap frontal crash test simulates what happens when the front corner of the vehicle hits something like a tree or utility pole. Honda says its latest Odyssey was able to ace IIHS testing thanks to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. This is Honda’s way of explaining how the Odyssey’s body structure distributes energy gathered during a collision and deflects it away from the occupants inside the vehicle. This same technology is used on the 2013 Honda Accord and Civic, both of which were also able to claim a Top Safety Pick + award.
Other standard safety features found on the 2014 Honda Odyssey include stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, and air bags almost everywhere you look. Besides the bolstering of the Odyssey’s body structure, Honda has added a new side curtain airbag that provides protection during a crash that may throw the passenger’s in an angled, outward direction like those sustained in an offset crash.