• Jan 27, 2011

2011 Honda Odyssey - Click above for high-res image gallery

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new testing methodology has proven to be remarkably tougher than its old tests. In the past NHTSA gave out five-star ratings like they were "massage" pamphlets on the Vegas strip, but the new regulations have led to only 11 five-star Overall Vehicle Scores out of 50 vehicles. So with that in mind it's big news for Honda that the all-new 2011 Odyssey has earned an overall five-star rating for all three crash tests, test category and overall. In fact, the Odyssey's only four-star score came in rollover testing. Honda points to its new Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure as a reason the Odyssey fared so well in NHTSA testing. ACE evenly distributes crash energy throughout the front end of the vehicle, making front-end collisions less dangerous for passengers.

The Odyssey's big win from NHTSA comes after the popular minivan managed the top score of "Good" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Odyssey isn't yet eligible for the Top Safety Pick designation since it hasn't been tested for roof strength. Hit the jump to read over the Honda press release.

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The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) best-possible Overall Vehicle Score of five stars and is one of the first two vehicles ever to earn five stars in each seating position for all three crash tests, each crash test category and the overall rating, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. The Odyssey joins the 2011 Accord Sedan as one of the few vehicles to date that achieves the federal government's best-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score and five stars in the combined frontal and side crash safety ratings.

The Odyssey achieved its top Overall Vehicle Score with five-star ratings for the frontal crash safety test and both side crash safety tests in all evaluated front and rear seating positions and scenarios. Additionally, the Odyssey received four stars for the rollover rating, the highest achievable in the light-truck vehicle class using the program's measurement methodology.
The newly introduced Overall Vehicle Score is part of the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) that is first being applied to 2011 models. As a convenience to new car shoppers, the Overall Vehicle Score represents the combined results of the overall ratings from the frontal crash tests, the side crash tests and the rollover-resistance into a single, summary score between one and five stars. Additional information is available at www.safercar.gov.

All 2011 Odyssey vehicles utilize the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. Standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; a driver's front side airbag; and a front passenger's side airbag with an occupant position detection system.

Overall, the Odyssey improves for the 2011 model year with greater interior functionality, a more distinctive style and higher fuel economy. Significant enhancements to the interior include a new "3-mode" second-row seat design that is more comfortable for center passengers (Odyssey EX and above). A more powerful and efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine features Variable Cylinder Management (standard on all models for 2011) and produces 248 hp while delivering an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 19/28/22 mpg on Odyssey Touring models.

New technology available on certain models includes a rear entertainment system with a 16.2-inch ultrawide split-screen display and an auxiliary High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) video input, an "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with customizable wallpaper, integration of FM traffic data on navigation models and much more.

The 2011 Odyssey is truly an American-made vehicle – designed, engineered and assembled in the United States. The Odyssey is produced exclusively at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For more information and downloadable high-resolution images of Honda vehicles, please visit www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at www.honda.com.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't you think they tried to make it look a bit like the Mercedes Benz R-Class?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well it has to have something going for it cause style is not it! I just got back from the auto show and if the front isn't bad enough the kink on the side is!
      • 3 Years Ago
      IDC what anyone says. Not a sleek looking van or attractive. Look as of it didnt make it thru the whole manufacture process.

      Your going to need a special cool or nice rims to take away from how ugly the car is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone has to say this:

      It aced the test.

      Off-topic: This van's front end is a little conservative. Needs JDM style front end.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Being a "mini" van I would certainly hope so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing too! Looking like that, these Oddities should all be crashed...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw a maroon or dark brown one today and it looked fantastic. In a dark color like that, the chrome trim around the windows really stood out. The dipped beltline looked great, matching the rake of the D pillar and really giving the van a distinct look. I have absolutely no need for a van, but for families, it seems they could do much worse.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Very nice interior, but we bought our second minivan and while we had an Odyssey and were looking foreword to a new one, regardless of the color, the new styling is awkward.
        Really too bad, seems like the same designer that designed the Crosstour. I'm sure some people will like it though but makinig a polarizing design isnt' good for a vehicle that usually achievs high volumes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good job.

      Now let's see their engineers focus on new and more innovative powertrains.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lets see the designers work on their styling
        • 3 Years Ago
        To be clearer on the last response, exactly how much horsepower do you think you need for daily driver family vehicle?
        • 3 Years Ago
        how much HP do you need for a van?

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